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50 best augmented reality games: massive overview of AR games market

06/12/2016
50 best augmented reality games: massive overview of AR games market

AR technology is getting deeply implemented in the gaming industry. Nowadays, this is not just the fantastical concept.

Augmented reality games can allow you to fight aliens, capture fantastical creatures, defend kingdoms in the real world. And this all is possible without super expensive headsets – just an AR-enabled smartphone or console is required.

We’ve done a huge job to collect all the AR games that are worth your attention. Using the Apptopia app, we also prepared monthly downloads and total revenue overviews for the most popular of them. So… 

Prepare your phones – you’ll definitely want to download some of these fantastical augmented reality games immediately!

Geolocation Games

Geolocation games are the most exciting genre in the world of augmented reality games. They use the real world maps and locations as the gaming environment augmenting them with unique plot, fantastic creatures and amazing quests.

Using the GPS enabled smartphone the player moves around the neighborhood and completes different tasks. This is a great opportunity to immerse the invented worlds in reality.

1. Pokemon GO

Cost: FREE

This is the legendary project by Niantic which brought augmented reality games into the crowds.  The nostalgy of the players enabled Pokemon GO to hold several Guinness records and gain incredible earnings. It also got to our list of top earning games of the last year:

Read also: How to become a millionaire starting your own game development

Pokemon GO is a geolocation game, which places the battlefield on the real surroundings. You catch and train Pokemons, and then fight other players and their “pets”. But I am quite sure you already know the gameplay and can play this AR game with closed eyes.

pokemon go app development  Pokemon GO for Android and Pokemon GO for iOS

2. Ingress

Cost: FREE

Another hit by Niantic studio released back in 2012 and still popular among gamers. First of all, because of the capturing plot.

Scientists have discovered the dark energy, which can influence the way we think. There are two factions. The Enlightened want to use this energy to control humanity, the Resistance aims to protect the mankind. You should choose the side, discover and capture the energy sources, which are located in your city.

Which faction wins? It depends on you!

Ingress app game development  Ingress for Android and Ingress for iOS

3. Life is Crime

This is an awesome MMO augmented reality game. Similar to previous gaming hits, Life is Crime offers you to immerse another world in your neighborhood. This time you have a chance to become a part of the criminal world.

You run your illegal businesses, earn money and experience, fight other players and expand your influence. Very realistic and exciting!

Life is Crime for Android

4. Parallel mafia

Cost: FREE

Have you ever dreamed of being at the heart of the world of criminal rules? If your answer is Yes, Parallel Mafia by PerBlue offers you this opportunity. With this augmented reality game, you can become a real boss of your proper criminal clan.

As well, Parallel mafia has a big choice of entertainment at your disposal. You can create your business, build fronts or earn the reputation. In any case, you’ll be surprised!

Parallel Mafia in augmented reality
Parallel Mafia in augmented reality

Get Parallel Mafia for your platform

5. Temple Treasure Hunt

Cost: FREE

Here comes the geolocation augmented reality game for mysteries and myths lovers. You can play outdoors or in the room. Playing this game you can choose the role: treasure protector or treasure hunter.

As a treasure protector, you have to create treasure trails, as a treasure hunter, you’ll have to discover the treasure. Indian mythological characters come up as treasure guardians. The game uses the real map of the location.

temple treasure game development  Temple Treasure Hunt for Android

6. Geo AR Games

Geo AR game is an amazing  experience for adults and children. Just in a moment, you can turn your garden or city park into the fantastic world of  extraordinary animals and unforgettable landscapes.

With Geo augmented reality game you have an awesome opportunity to open the door in beautiful places  and create your own fairy tale. You will be amazed at all its possibilities. Well, enjoy!

Geo AR Games for Android and Geo AR Games for iOS

7. Project Tango

Project tango offers  you a fantastic experience to create your own world of  augmented reality. Yes, you heard right! Filling your apartment, room or garden with various types of virtual objects you can build your own virtual reality like a dream come true.

Google Tango enables playing various types of augmented reality games. Created by Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group, it immediately became popular among fans of new technologies. Ready for new impressions?

Get Google Tango

Strategy games in augmented reality

Creating strategies, building cities, trading with allies and fighting enemies… does it fascinate you? Then you’ll be definitely involved by AR strategy games. Now the map of your hometown becomes the map of your kingdom and the battle for the resources gets ruthless. Augmented reality games combined with strategy won’t leave you indifferent.

8. Parallel Kingdom

Cost: FREE

This augmented reality game combines the features of a strategy and a geolocation game. The territorial RPG enables the player to claim territories based on his current location. The game uses the real map of the neighborhood.

Building your own kingdom is not a dream anymore. With Parallel Kingdom you’ll create the strategy of your kingdom development, will trade or fight with other kingdoms. Feel your might!

Parallel Kingdom in augmented reality
Parallel Kingdom in augmented reality

Download Parallel Kingdom for your platform

9. Minecraft for Hololens

Not available yet

Great reincarnation of the well-known game in augmented reality. The bestseller will be available on Microsoft Hololens soon after the official release of the consumer edition of the device.

Minecraft in augmented reality allows you to build structures right in your living room. Everything that was earlier possible only on the computer screen is now in the real world. This is really fascinating. So let’s anticipate together!

minecraft game app

10. Resources

Cost: FREE

Resources is a great combination of a geolocation game, a strategy and a quest. Using the map of your actual location, the app allows you to find rich deposits and to place your mines.

This is an economic game, forcing you to develop your strategies to earn more than other players. Resources is somehow similar to the bestseller Monopoly, but much more involving. The gameplay feels real.

resources game application  Resources for Android

11. Landlord – Real Estate Tycoon

Cost: FREE

Want to follow the success of Donald Trump? This is possible in the augmented reality game now. You have a unique chance to become a real estate tycoon.

Buy and sell real property in the game, earn money for every check-in in your venues. You’ll need a good strategy to earn billions. So, first practice in the game!

landlord AR game development  Landlord – Real Estate Tycoon for Android

AR shooting games

Shooters are considered to be the most popular genre in the gaming world. Fans of Counter Strike and Call of Duty are now able to face their enemies in the real world, and not just on the computer screen.

Placing the enemy in the real environment, AR first person shooting games enable you to defend your neighborhood and feel the fantastic emotions.

12. Real Strike

Cost: FREE

What was your first thought, when you saw the game title? You probably thought it is a real life shooting game and you are totally right! 25 types of weapons to choose from, highly realistic animation and a real environment – this what makes Real Strike that popular.

You can even record your fight and create awesome videos. Available for Apple devices with iOS 4.0 and up.

  Real Strike for iOS

13. Zombie GO

Cost: FREE

Zombie games in augmented reality are the real hit of the modern gaming industry. Zombie GO is one of them. It brings the fantastic stories about zombie apocalypse into the real world.

You have to walk through your home, school or the nearest parking lot. Zombies pop up on every corner aiming to get you. And you have to fight them using different weapons. The danger is really close!

zombi run game in AR  Zombie GO for Android

14. Zombies Everywhere! and Zombies GO!

Cost: FREE; $0,99

If you liked the previous game on the list, but are an iPhone user – we found a great alternative for iOS devices, even two of them. Zombies GO! is free to use, Zombies Everywhere! is the Halloween edition of the app and costs $0,99

Zombies are walking through the streets of your town, but only you can see them. Using different kinds of weapons you can send them back to hell. Turn on the SAFE mode just to enjoy the augmented world – no attacks. Zombies just climb around.

zombi everywhere game  Zombies Everywhere! for iOS and Zombies GO! for iOS

15. Ghostbusters: Paranormal Blast

Cost: FREE

Are you a fan of the legendary Ghostbusters? Join their team! The augmented reality app enables you to find paranormal forces in your neighborhood and defeat them with the innovative weapon!

It’s not just about shooting the enemies. You’ll have to complete missions, earn rewards and upgrade your weapons. This is what thousands of cinema fans dreamed about!

Ghostbusters augmented reality  Ghostbusters for iOS

16. Father.io

Cost: FREE

The first person shooting game can be extremely realistic with AR. Father.io plans to prove this. Father.io started the campaign on Indiegogo to fund the development of their unique mobile gaming hardware – the laser tag.

Father.io seems to be the revolution of shooting games. It enables to play with friends, divide teams into factions, fight enemies and protect allies. And this all happens in the real life! Amazing idea!

Father.io for Android

17. Sky Siege

Cost: FREE

Great augmented reality game for air force battle lovers! You will have to fly your own military plane and shoot other planes.

The alien forces invaded your living room? Get rid of them right now!

Sky Siege Arcade for Android

18. Paintball Arena

Cost: FREE

Playing paintball never was that easy and fun! The augmented reality game allows you to shoot enemies with your smartphone. How can it recognize who is your ally and who belongs to the opposite team? It’s the color of the T-shirt you are wearing.

Players of one team have to wear T-shirts of the same color. When the player is hit by the enemy, his phone vibrates. This means that the game just ended for him.

painball application in AR  Paintball Arena for iOS

19. Pokemon Dream Radar

Cost: $2,99

What about playing another augmented reality game about Pokemon? Pokemon Dream Radar was actually released sooner as Pokemon GO. But since it works only with Nintendo 3DS console, not many people had a chance to enjoy it.

The game is about hunting the Pokemon without leaving your room. No Pokeballs more, you use the laser to shoot and catch them. The gameplay is actually pretty easy, but why not to try it out?

pokemon go radar reality card  Pokemon Dream Radar for Nintendo 3DS

20. Clandestine: Anomaly

Cost: FREE

We are not alone in the universe. Aliens aim to conquer our planet and you are the only one who can stop them. How? Just turn your smartphone into an ultimate weapon and destroy them all!

With Clandestine: Anomaly you develop the defense strategy for your neighborhood. The game uses geolocation to allow you fight the aliens in your favorite park or on the way home. Fascinating plot and great graphics will make you fall in love with the augmented reality game.

Clandestine augmented reality game  Clandestine: Anomaly for Android and Clandestine: Anomaly for iOS

21. AR Invaders

Cost: FREE, $1,99

This is a simple shooting game with a well-known plot: humans vs. aliens. Using the augmented reality, your smartphone projects UFOs on your surroundings. Your task is to destroy them all before they bring any damage to the city.

Though AR Invaders looks truly old school, it still has its fans. Are you one of them?

AR Invaders app development  AR Invaders for Android and AR Invaders for iOS

Sport AR games

Being a sport fan in real life you’ll definitely like the possibility to go in for it in augmented reality. With sport AR games you’ll be able to play basketball right at your office desk or add some more adrenalin into your morning jog. AR apps for sport lovers are so different and so cool at the same time. Try out!

22. Zombies, Run!

Cost: FREE

Here comes the augmented reality game, which will make your morning jog into a fascinating adventure! Your protagonist with the name “Player 5” survives the zombie attack on the city. You will listen to music and different narrations in your headphones.

The main aim is to complete different missions through walking or running. You collect items and run from zombies chasing you. There are several seasons of the game released now, so that you never lose the motivation to exercise in the morning!

zombi run AR game  Zombies, Run! for Android and Zombies, Run! for iOS

23. The Walk

Cost: $2,99

The creators of Zombies, Run! Have thought of some entertainment for the ones, who are not fond of jogging. As a result the augmented reality game The Walk hit the app stores. UK’s department of health also took part in the app development.

The game encourages you to walk more. Every step counts. With the catching plot of The Walk you’ll forget the public transport and will even use your car less. Good for your mood and even better for your health!

The Walk for Android and The Walk for iOS

24. SpecTrek

Cost: $2,49

This is the augmented reality game, which will definitely add some motion and adrenalin into your life and help you burn calories. How? You will have to save the world running around and fighting ghosts.

The AR app projects ghosts on the map of your city. So you have to put your sneakers on and go for a hunt. When you approach the ghost, you’ll be able to destroy it in the camera mode. And go on hunting for other ghosts. The game also tracks your walking distance and burnt calories. Do you need any other motivation?

SpecTrek augmented reality game
SpecTrek augmented reality game

spec trek AR game developement  SpecTrek for Android

25. Run An Empire

Cost: FREE

You still feel the lack of motivation to start jogging every day? Run An Empire is the augmented reality app that will turn you into an unstoppable runner.

You gain levels, conquer lands, invade the lands of other players and claim them in the name of your empire… The more you run, the more lands you have. But be aware! To stop running means to make your kingdom weak.

Run An Empire for iOS

26. Toyota 86 AR

Cost: FREE

Do you dream of driving a sport car? Maybe a fantastic Toyota 86? This augmented reality game can make you one step closer to your dream. All you need is an AR-enabled smartphone and a printed marker.

Just put the marker on the flat surface and start driving! Increase speed, make some tricks and feel the power of a first-class car. You can also make a video of your race, the best of them are published by Toyota 86.

toyota AR development  Toyota 86 AR for Android and Toyota 86 AR for iOS

27. BallStrike

Cost: FREE

BallStrike is the augmented reality app for smartphones with front camera, which makes everyday fitness to a game. Burning calories can be real fun!

While exercising you’ll see the bubbles around you. You can hit this bubbles and earn points. As a result, your training becomes more dynamic and involving. Just give it a try!

ball strike game development  BallStrike for iOS

28. AR Soccer

Cost: $1.99

Augmented reality soccer game is a great deal for all football fans. With ARSoccer you will turn your ordinary walk into the exciting game. Are you ready to get some motion in your life? All you need, it is just your smartphone.

ARSoccer offers you a possibility to start your first match wherever you are, in your apartment, garden or in the park. Now, all these places can be your personal pitch. Point your camera and let’s get started!  

ARSoccer for Android and ARSoccer for IOS

29. Kick Ball

Cost: FREE

Looking for some light workout during the working hours? Try to kick the ball. You’ll even not need the ball, just the phone and this Android application. Prepare yourself.

The augmented reality game detects your foot movement and lets you kick an imaginary ball. You can play alone or with your friend. You can earn points by hitting some targets on the screen or scoring the top side of the screen. Quite a simple app, perfect for the office!

Kick Ball for Android

Quests in augmented reality

Completing video games quests might be fascinating. But even more stunning are quests in the real life. You search through your neighborhood, travel across the country, find treasures meeting new people and getting to know the world better. Trying AR quests once you’ll probably never return to that virtual gaming quests.

30. Geocaching

Cost: FREE

Here comes the world’s largest treasure hunting game. It has its followers in almost every country of the world and encourages you to explore the hidden places of the planet. How it works? Quite simple!

Through your app you get the instructions of where to look for a geocache. It can be in the next building or on the top of the mountain. You find it, log in and hide it for the next geocachers. How many of the hidden treasures are you able to find?

Geocaching application AR  Geocaching for Android and Geocaching for iOS

31. Tourality GPS Treasure Hunt

Cost: $1,49

This is a great combination of a real life quest and a location based augmented reality game. It encourages you and your friends to spend more time in the fresh air looking for hidden treasures. Curios?

Tourality GPS Treasure Hunt focuses on your speed. How fast will you reach all the predefined points? You can compete with your friends, play in teams or choose a single player mode.

taurality game app AR  Tourality GPS Treasure Hunt for Android

32. Tag: The Mobile Assassination Game

Cost: FREE

The game bases on the movie Tag from 1982. It involves you in a fascinating hunt for the assigned target. It combines the augmented reality geolocation game with quest and involves Foursquare as well.

This is a great choice for team building, corporate training, or friends party. You’ll be able to share your results in the social media.

TAG: The Mobile Assassination Game for iOS

33. Invizimals: The Resistance

Cost: $19,99

Invizimals: The Resistance is another game for PS Vita. This game doesn’t require AR cards and is a great example of augmented reality games. It reminds Pokemon GO and enables you to hunt for fantastic creatures all over the world.

Your aim is to find all 150 invizimals and save them from extinction. In the game you confront the army of Xtractors, who want to destroy the creatures forever.

Invizimals augmented reality game  Invizimals: The Resistance on Amazon

Augmented reality table games and card games

This type of games is suitable both for one or several players. Your table or floor is the battlefield, and your smartphone is the actual game. Short augmented reality table games and card games allow to enjoy every free minute.

34. Genesis

Genesis is the unique augmented reality trading card game. It reminds the popular Hearthstone, but has one significant feature. The action takes place in reality!

With the help of the AR technology, the champions on the cards turn alive. Hold the battles with your friends!

The creators of the game posted their product on Kickstarter. It currently earned over $50 000 and promises to launch their innovative game in the nearest future.

Support Genesis on Kickstarter

35. AR Defender

Cost: $0,99

ARDefender is a table shooting game. To play it you’ll need to print the marker, put it on the table and then use your smartphone. The phone camera sees the marker as the tower you have to protect.

You have to target and destroy the nasties, that are trying to attack your tower. The tower itself also shoots the enemies, but it can’t cope with so many of them. The game is fun and will entertain you for hours!

AR defender app AR  AR Defender for Android and AR Defender for iOS

36. AR Defender 2

Cost: FREE

The second reincarnation of AR Defender is even more epic! The idea of the game remains the same – you put the marker, direct the camera on it and enjoy the battlefield on your table, carpet or on the car hood.

Great graphics, improved gameplay, more weapons and new enemies – this is what makes AR Defender 2 so good. In addition to that, multiplayer mode is available. Your friends and family will definitely enjoy it! You’ll not be able to stop.

AR defender 2 augmented reality app  AR Defender 2 for iOS

37. Toy Car RC

Cost: FREE

Toy Car RC is the simple table race game for kids. The main protagonist is the car “Wheely”. He is traveling all around the world and even through the space and completes different missions.

You have to print out some target images, which are scanned by AR. Every image builds another mission for Wheely. Let your child explore something new and really fascinating!

Toy Car RC for iOS

38. PulzAR

Cost: $1,99

Woooow! This would be the first you’ll whisper after watching the trailer. PulzAR is the fantastic augmented reality game for PS Vita, which also requires cards with QR codes.

Earth is in danger because of a huge asteroid approaching. Using laser weapons, mirrors and rockets you can destroy it and save the humanity. Sounds easy? In fact, this is a true challenge even for experienced gamers!

PulzAR for Playstation Vita

39. Table Top Tanks

Cost: $1,99

Another augmented reality game for PS Vita will impress you with great graphics and simple navigation. Table Top Tanks also uses QR cards, which you can download and print for free.

The battlefield appears on your table. You are driving a tank and have to complete different quests. A lot of levels are available so that you never get bored with this game.

Table Top Tanks for Playstation Vita

40. Cliff Diving

Cost: $1,99

Using PS Vita you can enjoy one more augmented reality game – Cliff Diving. The principle is the same: you direct the device on the AR card and see the picture on the screen.

The device places the lake or the swimming pool right on your table or couch. You have to perform different diving types with the help of the device. You earn points for each jump and compete with other players.

cliff diving augmented reality development  Cliff Diving for Playstation Vita

41. Fireworks

Cost: FREE

What else can you play at your desk? For example Fireworks for PS Vita. Use the AR card to make the city appear on your screen. You will have to detonate fireworks at the perfect time or in a certain combination to impress the citizens.

The better your firework are, the more points you earn for each. Different modes are available, so you can choose the one that fits your current mood better.

fireworks augmented reality development app  Fireworks for Playstation Vita

42. Table Football

Cost: FREE

Table Football is not like any other football game in augmented reality. You will have to use the AR cards to build your own stadium with two fans stands. Depending on the distance between the cards you can change the size of the soccer pitch.

You can play against computer controlled players or confront your friends. Both modes will bring you a lot of fun. Take the table football with you anywhere you go!

table football AR app  Table Football for Playstation Vita

43. Vita AR Cards

Cost: FREE

And here comes the app for those, who can’t imagine their life without PS Vita augmented reality games. The application for Android includes the set of AR cards with markers, that are used in this games.

Now you can play PulzAR or Table Top Tanks anytime and anywhere. Even if you forgot to take the printed markers with you.

PS Vita AR Cards
PS Vita AR Cards

Vita AR Cards for Android

44. Warp Runner

Cost: FREE

One more game to play while sitting at your desk. Curious? You definitely should be. You are playing for a champion, who is trapped in the real world. Your aim is to help him escape.

You can transform textures with your fingers and build an appropriate path for escape. There are 16 puzzles you have to solve. The most interesting thing is that everything happens in the real environment.

Warp Runner for Android

Horror games

What about playing with your nerves in augmented reality?

45. Night Terror

Cost: $0,99

The really scary game Night Terror made its way to the players through the funding campaign on Indiegogo. Even watching the game trailer makes you feel a slight terror, then how would you feel playing it?

This augmented reality game transforms your surroundings, for example, your flat, into the scenery of a horror film. Monsters and ghosts hide behind every corner. Would you dare to feel asleep in this room again? Realistic as hell!

Night Terror for iOS

46. Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir

Cost: $19,44

Not scared enough? OK, then you need the Nintendo’s Spirit Camera: The Cursed Child. It is not just about scaring creatures in your apartment.

You’ll like the plot, which is really close to a great mysterious film scenario. Fewer words, more action. Just check out this video. Maybe it’s time to get a Nintendo 3DS?

spirit camera AR game  Buy Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir on Amazon

RPG in Augmented Reality

The role playing games became extremely popular with the release of Warcraft. Since that time hundreds of companies created wonderful RPGs. Some of them are also available in the real world. With AR assistance, of course.

47. Dispersion

Not available yet

RPG in the real world? Yes, that is what Dispersion aims to offer you.The game is now in development, but we think the idea is awesome. You’ll face the fantastic creatures in your location!

The game will be available for Microsoft Hololens, Android and iOS platforms. Your character will have to survive the battle with different beasts and complete tasks. Worth to anticipate, though!

48. CMOAR AR

Cost: FREE

This AR RPG you can try right now! The game is developed for Android and requires Google Cardboard. This is the combination of virtual and augmented reality, which replaces you to the completely new world.

You have to place the printed QR card on the flat surface. Looking through Google Cardboard on the card you’ll see the realistic battlefield. Fantastic creatures, sorcery, quests… What else do you expect from a good RPG?

CMOAR AR RPG for Android

49. The Eye of Judgement

The Eye of Judgment is a good choice for all lovers of strategy card games and RPGs. With this augmented reality game, you will start your competition just in one moment. Natural landscape,  exciting enemies and  a realistic style of gameplay can offer you unforgettable time spending.

The Eye of Judgment is embedded with a Cyber Code and uses the innovative PlayStation eye. We are sure, you will enjoy all the features of this game with more of 100 unique cards available.

Get Eye of Judgement on Amazon

50. Maguss

Not available yet

It seems that the whole world knows the name of the boy who lived. Yes, you are right, we certainly talk about Harry Potter. And now we have a great opportunity to join his fantastic universe of magic.  

With Maguss augmented reality game your dream to become a Wizard comes true. Fantastic beasts, potions, magical creatures and spells, all these things, you can find in your pocket at once. Wonderful experience for fans to get closer to their favorite characters.

Support Maguss on Indiegogo

Conclusion

So, this was our massive overview of the augmented reality games that are on the market right now and the ones, that are going to hit the app stores in the nearest future. They are definitely worth your attention!

Anything missing?

If we forgot to write about your favorite augmented reality game – feel free to comment. We’ll expand our list of AR games.