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ARhrrrr is an augmented reality shooter for mobile camera-phones. The phone provides a window into a 3d town overrun with zombies. Point the camera at our special game map to mix virtual and real world content. Civilians are trapped in the town, and must escape before the zombies eat them! From your vantage point in a helicopter overhead, you must shoot the zombies to clear the path for the civilians to get out. Watch out though as the zombies will fight back, throwing bloody organs to bring down your copter. Move the phone quickly to dodge them. You can also use Skittles as tangible inputs to the game, placing one on the board and shooting it to trigger an explosion.

By merging graphics with props in the physical world, handheld Augmented Reality games pull the player through the small screen and into a larger merged play-space. Our primary motivation for this AR game was to explore fast-action first-person augmented reality, where the camera controls and movement that would typically require a mouse and keyboard are handled directly by simply moving the device. Advanced tracking technology allows the player to quickly zoom in and out and view the world at steep angles, making this a highly interactive and engaging game. Finally, we wanted to test tangible input mechanics, such as placing and shooting Skittles to trigger in-game events.

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  1. Andrew

    I think some credit is due to an earlier game that had much to do with the inspiration for this game.

    Joe Warpin http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mS_igJZWtIU came first last fall and I worked on it.

    1. admin

      Fair point, Andrew. It definitely was an inspiration, and did serve as one of the starting points for the game.

  2. fred

    Hi Blair,

    Can you port it to the new Iphone GS (should be quite close to the tegra ) ? you could sell this app very easly and that would finance a more sophisticated game that could run on a more powerful Iphone (Apple release one model per year).

    I would love to buy it, print a map on my printer, create map/games and share them/ fight online.

    would be fun.

    I imagine very well a map of my current office and my curent boss as target ;-).

    Cheers

    1. admin

      If apple provides a way to get at the live video stream, unlike the current phones, then yes, we could do this. We are actually working on the iPhone (see our other youtube videos), and would be happy to give away some of our games on the store if we could do it. Time will tell!

  3. Ronald H.

    This is just amazing. I love it.

  4. Rob

    Nice work!!

    Did I hear some C4 demo sounds in there? Me thinks yes!

  5. Alfred

    I own an iphone and i am wondering about when it will come out and how one would attain the map thing

    -lovethe idea

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