25 Best Augmented Reality Games 2018 for Android and iOS

Augmented reality games are becoming a front-runners of gaming industry. Nowadays, this is not just the fantastical concept. AR games allow you to fight aliens, capture fantastical creatures, defend kingdoms in the real world. And all of this 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 apps, in addition to the list of Top AR apps. Because this post was written over a year ago, now, as of August 2018, we’ve decided to give it a fresh treatment, updating it and substituting few games with proper ones, that are more exciting and relevant. So, prepare your phones – you’ll definitely want to download some of these fantastic augmented reality games right away.

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Adventure Augmented Reality Games

Geolocation games / Adventure AR 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 nostalgia of players enabled Pokemon GO to hold several Guinness records and gain incredible earnings. The role of this AR game in terms of making Augmented Reality technology known to millions of people is hard to overstate.

Pokémon GO is an adventure type of mobile game, which places the battlefield on the real surroundings and superimposes virtual animate objects into user’s environment. Millions or maybe even billions of Pokemons have been caught in years since 2016. And the fun still continues.

Downloads: over 100 million at Google Play.
User rating: 4.1 Android / 3.9 iOS.
App revenues: in-app purchases. 

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.

Secondly, in Ingress the whole world is the game. Wondering through streets and cities with a phone with this app will make you discover imaginable sources of energy, acquire skills and tech for battles between factions. The game is global, you can track other individual players, or talk to them via Intelligence map. Lots of cryptic clues, signs and hidden codes, and the plot changes constantly.

Downloads: over 10 million at Google Play.
User rating: 4.3 Android / 3.9 iOS.
App revenues: in-app purchases. 

 3. ARrrrrgh

Cost: FREE

A new spin on “hide-n-seek” fun with a pirate side: a parrot, treasure hunts and rum. Your home or any other surroundings turn into a quest territory, where you’d place and seek out treasure boxes with gold. Friends, parents and kids – all can experience this adventure.

The game is made with Unity and ARCore, and being in early stages, it still carries no in-app ads, allowing a pure game fun. Though a game vendor for this still has lots of work to do, as the game doesn’t necessarily work on all devices, it shows a great promise. Let’s follow and see.

Downloads: over 10,000 at Google Play.
User rating: 4.0 Android.
App revenues: undisclosed. 

4. Temple Treasure Hunt

Cost: FREE

Here is a geolocation Augmented Reality game for mysteries and myths lovers. One can play it both outdoors or inside, choosing one of the roles: treasure protector or treasure hunter. As a treasure protector, you have to create treasure trails. As a hunter, you’ll have to discover the treasure, of course. Along the game, Indian mythological characters come up as treasure guardians. The game uses the real map of the location.

To play Temple Treasure Hunt, two scenarios exist. To create a trail of treasures, a player selects the respective role, in Outdoor mode places guardians on the interactive map, or places physical markers in Indoor mode. To explore trails and find treasure, a player selects a role, checks with a map and looks around, keeping track of location markers to move in the right direction. Tip: the right top button on the map pans out the view.

Downloads: over 10,000 at Google Play.
User rating: 3.8 Android.
App revenues: ads, in-app purchases. 

5. Sharks in the Park

Cost: FREE

A game by Geo AR 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 Sharks AR game you have an awesome opportunity to open the door to new beautiful places and create your own fairy tale.

Totally free, you should play Sharks in the Park outdoors – it uses phone’s GPS. A clear sky and a park/field is also recommended. Adventurous trips will be displayed over a video feed in a phone. Underwater or ancient dinosaur lands – choose your own. Sensors capture player’s moves, so if you run – the faster you move in the game too. We’ll let you explore for yourself.

Downloads: over 1,000 at Google Play.
User rating: 4.6 Android.
App revenues: ads, in-app purchases. 

6. dARk: Subject One

Cost: FREE

dARk is a short adventure AR game with a dark plot happening at your house. Tear the rift off to step into a parallel universe, where you’ll be a Subject #03. You have a perilous mission to find a missing person, explore the unknown, find clues in a quest to uncover all the secrests.

Some users praise the game’s wonderful Augmented Reality features and VHS-style visuals, comparing it to the atmosphere of  The Stranger Things. Many of them say it really is legitimately scary. And still, many players report glitches and bad tracking, so we hope Combo Games takes notice.

Downloads: over 1,000 at Google Play.
User rating: 3.8 Android / 4.4 iOS.
App revenues: undisclosed. 

7. WallaMe

Cost: FREE

This Augmented Reality game combines geolocation AR tech with fun social activities. Friends and colleagues can leave hidden messages to one another in a teasing fun way. App users take a picture of a real physical place (streets, walls, etc.) and then add texts, images or hand-drawn sketches over it. Afterwards, they can share it with friends or anyone so that friends may come by and discover those hidden messages.

What’s also great is that there’s no ads or in-app purchases. Totally free to enjoy! Messages can be private or public. On the other hand, only users of the AR app can view the messages. WallaMe comes with AR/geolocation, stickers, drawing tools, social sharing, commenting, camera. All in all, a nice and fun adventure game to try out.

Downloads: over 50,000 at Google Play.
User rating: 4.1 Android / 4.0 iOS.
App revenues: undisclosed. 

This was a selection in first category of location-based AR games, and how about a little break? Everyone surely knows something about Pokemon Go, many even already got tired of it. We’ve put together a little quiz to check your knowledge of Pokemon trivia.

AR shooter 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.

8. Army of Robots

Cost: FREE

A first-person shooting AR game with spectacular fights on display in physical surroundings. Destroy enemy robots in the real world, play through twelve levels with different kinds and sizes of robots to shoot down. When their fire is upon a player, jump to the side with a phone/device to dodge the attack. Very interactive AR mobile game.

Players of Army of Robots can calibrate the gameplay in the scanning phase by pointing the phone towards physical objects (table, floors, door, etc.) in their environment. And even if a user has no objects around, battle ships will appear so that the game continues while one tries to track the environment.

Downloads: over 1,000 at Google Play.
User rating: 4.4 Android / 4.2 iOS.
App revenues: $1 in-app purchases. 

9. Zombie GO

Cost: FREE

Zombie games in AR are the real hit of today’s gaming industry. Zombie GO is one prime example of outstanding Augmented Reality shooter games. It brings zombie apocalypse into the real world, at least that’s what the producer tell. As a player, you walk through your home, school or the nearest parking lot and expect zombies to pop up at any second. Then action starts – fight and kill with a weapons of your choice.

How to play – start the game, stroll around, face the monsters, tap screen to shoot. For health you may tap “First Aid” button. Act quick, and have fun staying alive. Share your skills on social media afterwards. Zombie Go is exclusively for Android, and Unity engine powered.

Downloads: over 50,000 at Google Play.
User rating: 3.3 Android / 4.0 iOS.
App revenues: in-app ads. 

10. Nightenfell: Shared AR

Cost: $1

A fresh new multiplayer AR game from Hookbang LLC that allows friends play together in one space. At its core, Nightenfell is a shooter game with abundance of comets, spells and riddles to solve. It can also be a group experience, where everyone would combine their powers to reach highest game levels.

The game is easy to play, just shoot virtual comets from the sky, defend your world. Additional fun is invoking magic spells like summoning a time freeze, team up with wizards, or even heal with mushrooms. Both iOS/iPhone and Android versions available, of course.

Downloads: over 1,000 at Google Play.
User rating: 4.5 Android / 4.0 iOS.
App revenues: $1 installation. 

11. Zombie Gunship Revenant AR

Cost: FREE

Another fascinating AR zombie shooting game with you at a wheel of military helicopter with lots of ammo to hunt down zombies being airborne. Fly a helicopter with your body movement, switch to infra-red camera mode for night vision, arm yourself with guns, missiles, rockets, sniper pods.

Note: For Zombie Gunship one requires a device using ARCore. And then the action begins – you can expect highly intense battles, realistic powerful shooting, great graphics. Simple inteface, equip the weapons to be able to fire, although many users complain about the controls and camera AR mode.

Downloads: over 1,000 at Google Play.
User rating: 4.1 Android / 4.0 iOS.
App revenues: ads, in-app products. 

12. Clandestine: Anomaly

Cost: $3.99

We are not alone in the universe, aliens aim to conquer our planet and you are the only one who can stop them. How? Turn your smartphone into an ultimate weapon and destroy them all with Clandestine: Anomaly. Players make their own defense strategy for neighborhoods. The AR game uses geolocation to allow players fight aliens in their surroundings.

Fascinating plot and great graphics is what makes many people adore this Augmented Reality game. Discover the secrets of galactic wars and enjoy the center stage in a sci-fi universe. Gameplay is possble anywhere, any locations will do. So far, only iOS version available – that requires 6.0 or higher and compatible with iPhones, iPads, iPods.

Downloads: over 1,000 at App Store.
User rating: 4.2 iOS.
App revenues: ads, in-app products. 

13. AR Invaders

Cost: $1,99

This is a simple basic-level AR shooting game with a well-known plot: humans vs. aliens. Using Augmented Reality mode, your smartphone projects UFOs on your surroundings. The task is to destroy aliens before they bring any damage to the city. Just line the enemy ships up, aim and shoot.

With 3 story modes – Invasion, Hole’em Up and Multiplayer, players are able to play in two action modes. Be it 360-degree standing shooting gameplay, or 180-degree in sitting position, you have to be quick and aware of physical surroundings. Though AR Invaders looks truly old school, it still has its fans. Are you one of them?

Downloads: over 1,000 at App Store.
User rating: 3 iOS.
App revenues: ads, in-app products. 

Sport AR games / Quests

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 or add some more adrenalin into morning run. 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.

14. 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!

Downloads: over 1 million at Google Play.
User rating: 4.3 Android / 4.9 iOS.
App revenues: in-app purchases / ads. 

 15. AR Sports Basketball

Cost: FREE

The iOS augmented reality game AR Sports Basketball allows you to shoot hoops just like a basketball player, in any location or time. Its a simple game with basic level AR, comes with different game modes (desk, normal, multiplayer) and also different hoop sizes. In fact, the game is so plain simple that users ask for more features already.

This basketball AR game works on iOS 11.0 or later devices (compatible with ARKit), i.e. iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch. Point your phone, find the area to place the hoop, it will appear on your screen, aim and shoot the ball individually or between Player 1 and 2. In desk mode you can do the same but with downgraded size hoop placed on a table, for example.

Downloads: undisclosed.
User rating: 3.7 iOS.
App revenues: $2 in-app purchases. 

16. 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 AR 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?

Gameplay features:

  • Recent activity, hints for geocaches
  • A map, compass, directions
  • Real-time nearby geocaches as a player moves
  • Messaging between players
  • Navigational and distance settings
  • Map options include street, satellite and hybrid
  • More features under Geocaching Premium

Downloads: over 5 million at Google Play.
User rating: 4.1 Android / 4.6 iOS.
App revenues: in-app purchases. 

 17. Invizimals: The Resistance

Cost: $19,99

Invizimals: The Resistance is an AR game for PlayStation Vita. It doesn’t require AR cards and is a great example of Augmented Reality games, also reminding Pokemon GO a bit. Gameplay is to hunt for fantastic creatures all over the world – find all 150 invizimals and save them from extinction. Players confront the army of Xtractors in the game, who want to destroy the creatures forever.

Downloads: undisclosed.
User rating: undisclosed.
App revenues: paid installation. 

AR table & board 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.

18. Beer Pong AR

Cost: FREE

Well, now even an all-time classic of beer pong is in AR. Developed on the basis of ARCore so that all Andoird device owners can play the game wherever or whenever they wish. Scan the area around, choose the place to install the beer and start throwing ping-pong balls with your friends. No mess like in the real game!

Move around, find the best angle and throw. Who sinks 10 cups with fewer throws, wins. After the classic mode players can collect coins to unlock the bonus modes or unlock extra tournaments in basketball, tennis, golf, etc.

Downloads: over 1,000 at Google Play.
User rating: 1.9 Android.
App revenues: undisclosed. 

 19. Jenga AR

Cost: FREE

Its right there i nthe nam – a game of Jenga with Augmented Reality mode. Just as we’re all used to, players have to remove a block, piece by piece, from the stack center and place it on top until the whole tower falls. A player who destroys the tower loses.

Jenga AR  has nice graphics, controls by grabbing blocks with a phone and delicate touch to remove blocks, social game mode for 2 to 5 players at the same time (by passing the phonefor instance), and even a time challenge mode. Note: do not confuse this Jenga AR for Android only with similar-sounding games: AR Jenga iOS, JengAR or Wobbly Stack AR.

Downloads: over 10,000 at Google Play.
User rating: 3.0 Android.
App revenues: ads. 

20. Slingshot Island

Cost: $1

A puzzle game, well… sort of, or maybe a shooter? You decide. Players get an armed slingshot and cast projectiles at  castles trying to devastate them. Extar quest is in finding magic dragon eggs. With AR projections of castles and players’ attacks, you may go around the objects, use the phone as the motion controller, aim and fire at the enemies. .

You got to choose the strategy for attack and solving puzzles, prepare and shoot, use the “freeze” to view from more angles, destroy castles. Players may use rocks, missiles, cluster bombs or parachute bomb to go through all 30 level. One key mention before we forget – this AR game requires devices on ARCore.

Downloads: over 500 Google Play.
User rating: 4.8 Android / ? iOS.
App revenues: $1 installation. 

21. PulzAR

Cost: $1,99

Woooow! This probably would be the first sounds you make after watching the trailer. PulzAR is the fantastic experience and definitely one of the best Augmented Reality games. It is created for PlayStation Vita exclusively (requires cards with QR codes), it offers a spectacular show at home. The plot reminds sci-fi movies: the Earth is in danger because of a huge asteroid approachin, and with laser weapons players have to destroy them on their path. Sounds easy? In fact, this is a true challenge even for experienced gamers!

Download here: PulzAR for Playstation Vita

 22. AR Smash Tanks

Cost: $3

One moreg lorious game to play while sitting at your desk. Curious? You definitely should be. You’re in for the treat of epic tank battles in AR projected onto your surface, multiplayer mode with one or two devices, smashing opponents with tanks, explode things and just have a crazy fun time.

To play and crush enemy tanks, tap the screen to pull missiles, aim and fire, tap weaponsto choose. No ads will annoy or distract you from the gameplay.

Downloads: over 500 Google Play.
User rating: 4.3 Android / 4.6 iOS.
App revenues: $3 installation. 

Horror games

What about playing with your nerves in Augmented Reality?

23. Night Terrors

Cost: FREE

The really scary AR game Night Terrors: The Beginning 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 (requires iOS 10 or later)transforms your surroundings, for example, your room or warehouse, 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!

Downloads: undisclosed.
User rating: 3.2 iOS.
App revenues: ads. 

24. Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir

Cost: $9

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?

Downloads: undisclosed.
User rating: 4.0 at Amazon.
App revenues: ads. 

 25. Peronio Pop-Up Book

Cost: FREE

So, let’s finish up on a nice note instead of a scary one, right? Let’s try Peronio Pop-up book game! It combines Virtual and Augmented Reality technology into one unique adventure that you will never forget! By the way, Peronio won Tthe best AR Game in 2015 by Qualcomm Vuforia and since then has been improving and adding more features for more fun.

This game is about a little boy who can’t decide whom he wants to be when he grows up. You follow him on his journey as Peronio doesn’t just want to be a regular dentist, he wants to be the dentist to Dragons because they have so many pointy teeth! To start the game, you only need to follow the instructions to see the magic happen.

Downloads: over 100,000 at Google play.
User rating: 3.6 Android.
App revenues: in-app products. 

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. We hope some of them will really strike a chord with you. Anything missing? If you have your own favorite AR game, feel free to tell everyone in comments.

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