Players working on the Jurassic World Alive location-based game now have a new kind of fun that makes Augmented Reality even more fun.
Available in an update (version 1.8) of the app through the App Store, and in Google Play, the game gets a new feature called "sanctuaries".
Sanctuaries are virtual places that are hosted in public spaces in the real world and where players can interact with dinosaurs they collect as well as creatures placed by other players on the ground. It is similar to how Pokémon GO gyms work, but without the combat component.
The mode expands into AR mode even outside the Sanctuary Locations. Players can select a dinosaur from their list, view the beast via the surface tracking features of ARKit or ARCore, and then either give the creature something to eat or toys to play with.
The update may help the game capture players who may be tempted to jump to other games. For example, the worldwide launch of Harry Potter: Wizard's Unite and the recent addition of an enhanced AR photo mode to Pokémon GO, which offers functionality similar to the new feature of Jurassic World Alive, could be an alternative temptation for gamers looking for one Fresh AR looking for gaming experience.
Although the game is not the pinnacle of Pokémon GO, it fulfills some of the needs that only Augmented Reality can offer. Since dinosaurs have become extinct, AR gives us the opportunity to see how they might exist in the real world. With Jurassic World we can now feed and play with them as well.