Despite the relatively small size of Magic Leaps first annual L.E.A.P. There was a lot to see and do at the conference. Probably missed by many was one of the best experiences I had at this event: Wingnut AR's unpublished pest control game.
For those of us who hate insects, there is the prospect of plunging into an augmented reality of scary creepy crawlies. Something to look forward to. Sure, the bugs are virtual, but bugs are bugs after all.
When I entered the inconspicuous room set up for the game demo, I really did not know what to expect. Was that a simple goal and shooting game? Or just a quick dip into a tricky AR environment that was not quite finished yet (unfortunately, that's still common in the world of AR apps).
What I got instead was a fully realized AR world, complete with a backstory, a versatile virtual assistant, and mistakes that, well, were rendered just a bit too good for my liking.
In short, you are recruited to become one of the pest control legions of the future workers, in this case, who are tasked with filtering out seemingly wanton spiders ("giant spiders") and cockroaches.
To accomplish this task, one gets a set of raw-material weapons as a baseball bat (ah, so satisfying to beat that oversized arcs) as well as a futuristic flamethrower and a jet cannon.
I refuse to spoil the end of this experience; it's just too good. Let's just say that it's about blowing a virtual hole in the floor that allows you to interact with another lab area that gives the experience a whole new sense of depth and immersion.
Like Dr. Grordborts Invaders, Wingnut AR's Pest Control requires you to cross an entire room to perform certain tasks, a dynamic that enhances the sense of reality as you move through the game.
If Mica was the most profound Magic Leap experience I had, and Dr , Grordborts Invaders was the most polished, Wingnut AR's Pest Control was definitely the funniest, in some ways unique to inverted AR.
I pushed the company for a release date, but they will not say it. Nevertheless, in addition to games such as dr. Grordborts invaders and Angry Birds FPS: First Person Slingshot, Wingnut AR's Pest Control is a title users deserve, and it could even sell a few Magic Leap One systems.
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