By >Akihabara News Team
Parrot Announces AR.Pursuit, AR.Drone’s First AR Game
Parrot, makers of Bluetooth car hands-free sets and the pricey but awesome AR.Drone, has announced the first augmented reality game for the iPhone-controlled quadrocopter.
The AR.Pursuit, for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, requires two AR.Drones to play: it sets two players against each other with virtual machine guns and missiles, alternating roles either when a turn ends or when the pursuer successfully ‘downs’ the pursued with a missile. The pursued AR.Drone actually physically reacts to virtual rounds, slowing it down and making it harder to evade. At the end of the game, the player with the longer evasion time (more time spent being the pursued) wins.
Parrot say the game should appear in Apple’s App Store on or around the 26th, for worldwide equivalents of the $2.99 tier.
I need to apologize – I’ve had a for-review AR.Drone sent to us a while back, and I’ve been too busy with stuff to get around to writing a review. I’ll get around to it soon! I promise!
The rules of the game
AR.Pursuit is a two-player pursuit game, where a player has to escape from the other one, as in the game of cat and mouse. The “pursuer” has two kinds of virtual weapons to reach its opponent: – Automatic machine gun: as soon as the frontal camera detects the pursued AR.Drone, bullets are automatically sent in order to slow it down. When it is hit, the AR.Drone will physically ‘react’ to the attack and the escape maneuvers will be more difficult for the pilot.
- Missiles: when the opponent is locked on the screen, the pilot of the pursuer AR.Drone has to shake his/her iPhone/iPod touch/iPad to send a missile.
When it is hit by a missile, the “pursued” becomes “pursuer” and so on. At half time, the roles are automatically reversed. The winner is the player who has the longest escape time during the entire game.
A technological first
Once the Bluetooth of the iDevice is on, each player connects to his/her AR.Drone in Wi-Fi and launches AR.Pursuit.One of the players selects the “create” option on the main menu and indicates his/her opponent’s color and type of hull (indoor or outdoor).
The second player selects the “join” option in the main menu and also indicates the characteristics of his/her opponent. Then the game can start.
Each player can see on the screen of his/her iPhone/iPod touch/iPad what the AR.Drone is seeing. Each action, a shoot received or launched, will also be visualized on the screen via the magic of augmented reality.
Note: If the game is played with indoor hulls, players should place the colored stickers (sold with the AR.Drone) on it.
AR.Pursuit is an enthralling game that makes the most of the extreme maneuverability and stability of the AR.Drone, and which dives the players into a world where real and virtual are mingling… A first!
* Game time: 1 to 9 minutes (3 minutes by default) The roles of each player are arbitrarily defined at the beginning of the game.
* Game available around Nov. 26 in the App StoreSM