30 Amazing AR Games You Need to Play in 2018

2018 promises to be yet another stellar year for Augmented Reality. Innovative advancements will nudge AR closer to mainstream acceptance, while boundary pushing games will continue to generate buzz and excitement.

And as AR addicts, we can’t wait to get our hands on those games. We believe the creativity of game developers can provide a glimpse into a new tech’s potential, providing proof to both consumers and other industries that there’s a place for AR in today’s society. Plus, it’s always fun to fight zombies and hunt for virtual treasure!

So, in no particular order, here’s a list of the 30 best AR games of 2018.

30 of the Very Best Augmented Reality Games 2018

1. Zombies, Run!

Available for: iOS / Android

Cost: Free

Have you ever been out for your morning jog and thought to yourself, “the only thing missing is being chased by zombies”? Well, thanks to Zombies, Run! you can experience an AR zombie attack that’ll get your blood pumping and your feet moving. Simply listen to the narration, follow instructions, collect items, complete missions, and run for your life as the undead chase you. Exercise has never been so fun (or so scary!).

2. The Machines

Available for: iOS

Cost: $4.99

Bored of board games? Then give The Machines a whirl. This table top AR game brings a futuristic battlefield to your front room, giving you the chance to pitch your team of Machines into battle against friends online or across the table. With strategy and guile, lead your team across the AR map, defeating enemies in your quest to take your opponent’s base.

3. Anti Mosquito

Available for: Android

Cost: Free

All the fun and frustration of swatting flies, without the mess, Anti Mosquito is AR at its simplest and most addictive. Mosquitos will buzz around the room as you try to locate them on your phone’s screen, before shooting them out of the sky. A terrific little time waster.

4. WallaMe

Available for: iOS / Android

Cost: Free

Have you ever wanted to break the rules and scribble some graffiti, only to stop yourself because civil disobedience just isn’t your thing? Well, now you can embrace your inner tagger by playing WallaMe. Using geolocation and Augmented Reality, you can leave hidden messages or sketches on public walls via your phone. You can then share those messages with friends, or anyone with the app, who can visit that location and view your handiwork.

5. Real Strike

Available for: iOS / Android

Cost: $0.99

AR is tailor made for FPS (first person shooters) and Real Strike is deservedly among the pioneers of this particular genre. For fans of warfare titles like Call of Duty, this is a fun escape into a world of gun battles and sharpshooting.

6. Invizimals: The Resistance

Available for: PS Vita

Cost: $19.99

Taking a brief detour from iOS and Android, this PS Vita title is a terrific example of AR done right on a powerful handheld console. Similar in style and objective to Pokémon, Invizimals tasks you with locating and capturing incredible creatures from within your immediate surroundings. Protect and train your Invizimals, preparing them for battle against nearby friends or PlayStation Network players.

7. Pokémon GO

Available for: iOS / Android

Cost: Free

Speaking of Pokémon, Niantic’s record breaking title certainly made waves in 2017, and looks set to do so again in 2018. With a whole new range of monsters to find, train, and battle, the Pokémon Go craze will rumble on. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, it uses geolocation to encourage players to explore the real world and locate hundreds of Pokémon. Perhaps the defining example of Augmented Reality gameplay.

8. AR Dragon

Available for: iOS / Android

Cost: Free

While the concept of virtual pets isn’t exactly groundbreaking (remember the Tamagotchi?), it’s a popular one all the same. And AR Dragon is a delightful example of it in action. Test your dragon-rearing skills by checking in on Torchy every day, feeding and playing with your fire breathing pet – or watch him fly away if you’re one of those less-than-attentive dragon owners.

9. Warp Runner

Available for: iOS

Cost: $0.99

Another tabletop adventure game, Warp Runner is a clever little platformer that makes full use of your real-world environment. Help the game’s protagonist by warping the world in front of you, plotting a path to escape as you seek to solve one of the 16 available puzzles.

10. Star Wars: Jedi Challenges

Available for: Android

Cost: Free

Is the Force strong with you? There’s only one way to find out! This official Star Wars AR game will help you on your quest to become a Jedi, perfecting your lightsaber skills along the way. Face down the Dark Side and become a hero with Star Wars: Jedi Challenges.

Note: This game requires additional equipment.

11. Ingress

Available for: iOS / Android

Cost: Free

Niantic’s first ever AR game has been around for a while, but like their other titles, Ingress is still worth downloading and playing in 2018. With its engaging plot and wonderful graphics, you’ll soon be lost in the battle between the Enlightened and the Resistance.

12. Conduct AR

Available for: iOS

Cost: $3.99

If you long to return to the days of playing with trains, but you don’t have the room for engines and train tracks, Conduct AR is the game for you. This stunning train strategy game gives you the chance to run tabletop train lines through the Wild West via your phone’s screen. Earn points and work your way through the levels as you complete tasks and deliver your passengers to their destination on time.

13. HoloGrid Monster Battle

Available for: iOS / Android

Cost: Free

Do you wish you could reenact this scene from Star Wars? Now you can! HoloGrid Monster Battle is sci-fi come to life. In fact, it was designed in collaboration with the man responsible for the HoloChess scene in Star Wars, Phil Tippett. This is AR as it should be, giving you the opportunity to turn your table top or backyard into a monstrous battleground.

14. Quiver

Available for: iOS / Android

Cost: Free

Quiver is a lovely AR game aimed at kids who love to create. With it, you can color the special pages which can be downloaded from the Quiver website, before watching them come to life with a little Augmented Reality magic.

15. Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir

Available for: Nintendo 3DS

Cost: $39.99

Our second detour from the world of smartphone AR games, Nintendo’s Spirit Camera: The Cursed Child makes full use of the 3DS’s built-in camera to create a frightening Augmented Reality experience. If you love horror movies, you’ll enjoy being spooked by this captivating supernatural thriller.

16. ARise

Available for: iOS

Cost: $0.99

Built specifically with AR in mind, ARise is a great little platform game which requires physical movement to solve a myriad of puzzles. Guide your pint-sized explorer up mountains and conquer various challenges by moving around and changing your perspective. Very creative and incredibly fun.

17. Geocaching

Available for: Android

Cost: Free

A popular pastime, Geocaching enters the age of AR with this terrific Android app. Explore the real-world environment in search of real-world treasures, and if you’re new to the hobby, the app offers step-by-step instructions to help you get started.

18. AR Invaders

Available for: iOS / Android

Cost: $1.99

It’s a tale as old as time – mankind versus aliens. An old school sci-fi adventure, AR Invaders tasks you with shooting UFOs out of the sky with your smartphone. Simple and fun.

19. Night Terrors

Available for: iOS

Cost: Free

Prepare to be frightened. Night Terrors is a terrifying Augmented Reality game that turns your real-world environment into a real scary movie. With ghosts and monsters lurking behind every corner, this is a sensory overload for horror fanatics.

20. Kings of Pool

Available for: iOS / Android

Cost: Free

It’s a dream for many, to own a pool table. But if you just don’t have the room, Kings of Pool is the next best thing. With its recent AR update, players can now turn any flat surface into a virtual pool table. A hugely enjoyable game.

21. Temple Treasure Hunt

Available for: Android

Cost: Free

Ever wanted to take on a real life treasure hunt? Well, this game can’t promise a physical treasure chest at the end of the adventure, but Temple Treasure Hunt is all the fun of being a pirate, without the sea sickness or scurvy. Using geolocation and AR, you can explore the room you’re in, or the wider world, hunting for treasure.

22. Genesis

Available for: Android

Cost: Free

Using physical trading cards, Genesis is a strategy game with an AR-style twist. Instead of simply trumping your opponent with a superior card, you get to watch the battles play out in front of your very eyes (via your smartphone). There’s a reason why this was one of the most crowdfunded mobile games of all time!

23. Stack AR

Available for: iOS

Cost: Free

The aim of Stack AR is to stack blocks as high as possible. It really is that simple, and yet, it’s also incredibly addictive and strangely relaxing at the same time!

24. Toy Car RC

Available for: iOS

Cost: Free

A simple and engaging table top racing game for kids, Toy Car RC lets you play as ‘Wheely’, a small yellow car looking for adventure. You start by printing out target images, which are then scanned by the app to generate the Augmented Reality world in which Wheely explores. This is a fun and fascinating AR experience for children.

25. Thomas & Friends: Race On!

Available for: iOS

Cost: Free

Another great AR game for kids, Thomas & Friends: Race On! gives the little ones a chance to meet the intrepid engines in the real world. They can control their favorite characters, race their friends, and even interact with Voice Control.

26. Father.IO

Available for: iOS / Android

Cost: Free (additional hardware costs apply)

Need we say more than ‘Augmented Reality laser tag’? Well, if we must. Father.IO turns the real world into a giant laser tag arena, with up to 32 players per match. You need to purchase an additional piece of kit, called an Inceptor, to experience the game in all its glory, but that’s a small sacrifice for such a cool concept.

27. Clandestine: Anomaly

Available for: iOS / Android

Cost: $3.99

Planet Earth – or more specifically, your neighborhood – is under attack. You’re the only one standing between peace and all-conquering aliens. It’s time to get out there and fight with Clandestine: Anomaly. With a captivating plot and eye-popping graphics, it’s easy to see why this particular AR game has been lauded since its launch.

28. PulzAR

Available for: PS Vita

Cost: $1.99

Our final detour back to handheld console AR games, PulzAR for the PS Vita is a truly challenging puzzle game. Requiring six AR Play Cards (available to download for free from the PlayStation website), you’re tasked with preventing an asteroid from destroying the planet. Fun and addictive.

29. Euclidean Lands

Available for: iOS

Cost: $3.99

This trippy brain teaser has been given a new lease of life with its recent iOS 11 update. Bringing its puzzles into the real world via Augmented Reality, Euclidean Lands is a uniquely fun and challenging game with a solid story and terrific graphics. A modern masterpiece of a game, and a must-play!

30. Domino World AR

Available for: iOS

Cost: $1.99

If you love dominos, but don’t have the patience to line up hundreds of them just to knock them over, then Domino World AR is the game for you. Your only limit is your imagination as you build weird and wonderful domino courses in your real-world environment. And with an array of props, toys, and tiles, the possibilities for creativity are endless.

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