I have a confession to make… I own an iPhone and I’m addicted to downloading games! They say the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem… so… there you go, world! I’ve admitted it.
I spend so much of my time commuting to and from work, and visiting family and friends, all using public transit. This means I am often bored and looking for something to entertain me, and downloading games helps immensely.
I also know I am not alone in my mobile gaming addiction… Not least of all because I see fellow commuters stuck to their phones (I swear, I’m not the only one). I looked it up – 80% of all mobile downloads worldwide are games! Guess it explains the Angry Birds craze a few years back…
The mobile industry is now full of app and game designers trying to find a niche in the mobile gaming market. What is the market missing? What can we do that’s different?
To me, the best mobile gaming experience on the market is AppGear. Why? For starters, they’ve taken mobile gaming to a whole new level. They don’t constrain the user to the real world and have taken the concept of gaming one step further by combining physical toys with augmented reality to enhance the users’ gaming experience. I often sit on the bus and see fellow commuters as aliens and shoot at them through my iPhone screen!
What other games on your mobile device allow you to transform into a zombie, fly a plane, capture escaping aliens or fight as an Elite Commander?
I live in Montreal and everywhere I turn I see children of all ages playing on mobile phones or tablets… walking down the street, on the bus, on the metro, sat in a bar or restaurant with their parents… even my 3 year old cousin knows how to use an iPad!
According to research conducted by C&R, 22% of children between the ages of 6 and 9, 60% of children between the ages of 10 and 14 and a whopping 84% of teenagers aged 15 to 18 own a mobile phone.
In the 90s, texting was still a novelty! Sending text messages required lots and lots of button pressing, predictive text was a mess (anyone who owned a phone back then knows what I’m talking about), AND you could only communicate by text with those who also happened to own a mobile phone (and have small enough fingers to figure out texting…).
Over the past few years the mobile industry has changed dramatically. Phones are now not only used to place calls and send text messages but also to browse the internet, use apps to find information specific to your needs or desires, and to play games. Everything we once required a computer for we can now do & find on our phones.
“In the movies they were taught the good guys always win….”
On Thursday 19th July 2012 AppGear released the long awaited augmented reality game; Elite CommandAR.
What is augmented reality? I hear some of you say…. Augmented reality aims to duplicate the environment around you in a computer (or in our case an iPhone, iPad, iTouch, or Android Device). It combines the real scene (as viewed by the user) and a virtual scene generated by a computer.
“Those who survived crawled out of the rubble that was once a house, a city, a country… “
Elite CommandAR turns your world into a digital battlefield.
Playing Elite CommandAR will immerse your physical self into a virtual mission. You will be using the AR markers included with the game to take out and defeat the alien invaders who are sneaking through the portal from their world into yours. You will need to use your intelligence, wit and cunning to fight for the survival of the planet…. Your family, your friends, everyone you know…
“Using scavenged alien technology, we built a cybernetically enhanced suit to put one fighter on equal footing with the Vorosins.
And that marine is…you”.
Do you think you can complete the mission? Save the planet?
Comic-Con is a huge event and takes place every year in San Diego. It’s a comic and arts convention, which features comic books (obviously… hence the title of the event!), games, art, movies and special guests. It’s a chance for fans from across the world to congregate under one roof, dress as their favorite comic/movie characters and participate in some celebrity sight seeing for days on end…. And this year AppGear had the chance to participate as a special guest!
Thousands of people flooded through the AppGear games truck, which was parked in Petco Park Parking Lot outside the Comic-Con main entrance.
Dedicated pilots fighting in historic battles, hungry and tired zombies fighting off hordes of angry humans, elite commanders saving the earth from a fierce race of bloodthirsty aliens and everyone trying to stop those pesky little green aliens from escaping! The AppGear team and fans gathered together in extraordinary fashion for an event to remember.
AppGear fans had the chance to try our latest augmented reality app toys as well as have sneak peeks into future releases. Cash prizes were given and battles were won!
It was 4 days of fun-tastic mayhem and the AppGear team loved every minute of it!
Did you see us at Comic-Con? If so, post your stories on our Facebook page and let us know all about your AppGear experiences.
We had an absolutely amazing time at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week, where apps and games really took the show by storm.
If you had a chance to visit us at the Wall of Apps, ShowStoppers or the Mobile Apps Showdown (we were a finalist!), then we hope you enjoyed the fun line of amplified reality games that we’re launching this Spring.
If you weren’t able to make it out, check out the following review and coverage direct from the event floor.
LAS VEGAS — Kids have it so good these days. Sure, they can use their “imaginations” to play games, but now traditional fantasy play can be augmented by mobile devices for even more textured experiences…
LAS VEGAS — There are tech toys and there are game apps, and back in the day never the twain should meet. Now WowWee hopes to change that with its launch at CES 2012 of AppGear, a collection of toys and free downloadable apps that are meant to work with your iOS or Android device to change up the gaming grid as we know it…
LAS VEGAS — WowWee rolled out AppGear, a line of iOS games that work with toy accessories. The one that caught our eye at CES 2012 was this cute little toy airplane that is part of a flight simulator game…
At the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, WowWee, which makes both robotics and digital toys, announced that it is launching a line of six toys called AppGear that combines virtual and real-world play…
LAS VEGAS — At the International Consumer Electronics Show WowWee unveiled a previously announced line of toys it calls “Appcessories,” which are game pieces, collectable figures and toys that control games on Android or Apple devices…
AppGear is right around the corner and we’re gearin’ up for an amplified Spring — all puns intended.
Here’s a quick recap of some of the press we’ve received for this exciting lineup of amplified reality toys.
“I love it when a toy company takes play trends seriously and then creates an amazing product. As a family with 4 iPods, an Android smart phone and a tablet, apps are quite popular. “Mom can I buy this app?” is a phrase I’ve heard countless times.”
“It’s a familiar refrain among parents of young children: Kids don’t want to play with toys anymore because they’d rather play games on an iPad or a smartphone. Now, some toy makers are trying to adapt by fusing phone and tablet apps with store-bought toys. One of these companies, WowWee Toys, recently showed me some of their prototypes as part of a toy line they’re calling “App Gear.””
“WowWee, the company best known for its endless supply of adorable robot toys, is kicking off 2012 with something a little more virtual than visceral. AppGear combines actual physical toys with iOS and Android apps, like the launch title Foam Fighters. Each collectible, action figure or playset is paired with its own free, downloadable app that offers an augmented reality game or virtual way to interact with the toys.”
“After all, who doesn’t want to see their toys come to life? It looks like the Alien Jailbreak works by placing the alien jail toy in front of you and then shooting the aliens with an iOS or Android augmented reality application of some type.”
We’re pumped… Like really pumped. Actually, you might want to sit down for this one…
WowWee is amplifying reality with AppGear, our new line of products that merge toys and apps for interactive digital and real-world fun. This new product category will redefine gameplay by upgrading the physical experience with digital action.
The folks at TechCrunch got a sneak preview. Check it out below.
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