With the Room Racer App for iPhones and iPads, the long-established school of many US homes with children, the remote-controlled race track, has been given a new lease of life in augmented reality.
With ARKit, the app sets a miniature racetrack on a floor or tabletop. The game includes nine tracks where players can play against the computer or challenge friends in multiplayer mode. The game also offers a track building tool for players to create their own courses.
In an allusion to Mario Kart, racers can grab power-up items like rockets and lasers, to slow down or sabotage the competition. Winners can get special liveries to customize their rides.
The game comes from Combo, a London-based two-man team of developer Sam Piggott and game designer Jamie Shoard with support from 3D artist Ajay Karat. Combo previously released the amusing distraction Pigeon Panic AR and the horror AR story: Subject One
I did a lap around the track to test the game. The controls are very simple – press on the left side of the screen to accelerate, and on the right for braking. As the car steers, players have to keep a close eye on the speed of the car so it does not get off the track.
The player's ability to navigate the route from different angles in augmented reality also plays a role in the game as cars are obscured by buildings and other track features. Players need to keep their heads moving on a turn and body to keep up with the action.
The game costs $ 1.99 in the App Store, but that's a relatively low entry price for some high-end, occasional races in augmented reality