The Halloween Season is the perfect time to tell scary stories, but Augmented Reality is here to bring the tradition of children's fear into the modern age.
App Developer Within published "Willowcrest Manor" on Thursday, the sixth story for the mobile AR app Wonderscope for iPhones and iPads that support ARKit (namely, iPhone 6 S or later, iPad 2017 or newer and iPad Pro with iOS 11 or later).
Created by immersive The story of the film and animation studio 3dar is the first for Wonderscope to include the user directly as a character in the story. In the role of the ghosts haunting Lady Willowcrest's house, children must deter the invaders in search of Willowcrest's treasure. Butler Godfrey's ghost guides the user into finding a home.
"We have written this story with the intention of creating a narrative that is not only seasonal and entertaining, but also extreme participatory and intoxicating and contains the most exciting elements of AR, "Dr. Thor Benitez, Within's leading creative and technical artist for the story, in a statement.
"This meant building a dollhouse-sized mansion where children play the spirit of the house, exploring, typing, and talking through their device. And like all Wonderscope stories, there are some unexpected twists and turns Share this sweet or sour season with it. "
" Willowcrest Manor "is for ages 4 and up $ 99 available as an in-app purchase in the Wonderscope app, the Within app launched as a free app iOS app last year. Since its launch, the company has added more content available as in-app purchases, such as Clios Cosmic Quest.
Within is not alone in entertaining children with AR stories. Immediately before launching Wonderscope, Inception launched a similar app called Bookful, which displays virtual pop-up books of classic children's stories.
Proponents of Augmented Reality have long touted technology as a new medium for storytelling. Between Wonderscope and Bookful, mobile device developers and app publishers have begun to showcase what's possible to reinvent children's books for AR.