Last month we reported on the Aurasma augmented reality (AR) app, and compared it to the special sunglasses in the John Carpenter movie They Live, that let their wearers see the aliens secretly living amongst us. Well, the new appBlaster iPhone accessory is much, much more reminiscent of that film. It’s essentially a toy gun, that your iPhone mounts on top of. Running the free Alien Attack AR game, the phone will proceed to show you the virtual otherwise-invisible aliens that are all around you, overlaid on real-time video of your your real-life surroundings. You then use the gun to shoot the little goobers before they nab you.
Unlike some AR apps, Alien Attack appears not to recognize real-life objects, so aliens won’t come through doorways or sit on chairs, for instance. The aliens do maintain their orientation to actual objects, however, so if you swing the gun back and forth, the aliens will stay where they are within the room instead of swinging with the gun. They can even come at you from behind, which the game’s radar function will warn you about…
The whole thing is a bit like the Ghost Gun, a Hasbro toy from the 70s that five or six readers might remember. It projected an image of a ghost on the walls of a darkened room, which flared-jeans-wearing youngsters then “shot” at by using the gun’s trigger to poke holes in a film within the gun, that the image of the ghost was printed upon … OK, I said it was a bit like it.
If you’ve previously managed to alter your own relationship to reality with your chemicals of choice — I can envision some of you enjoying a truly memorable gaming experience with this device.