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No one could have believed that in the early stages of the 21st century, our planet was being watched by aliens from another world and an invasion has already begun! Eeek! This war cannot be fought in our world, but in an augmented reality just beyond our reach, however we now have the weaponry to fight back!
The appBlaster has been the most anticipated gadget this year, and possibly even in the history of RED5! So what’s got everyone here more excited than a kid at Christmas? Well, we’ve been lucky enough to have a go and it’s truly awesome! To play the game you must defend your position against swarms of aliens using various guns and missiles. The environment is fully three dimensional and the aliens come at you from every angle imaginable. The appBlaster utilizes the accelerometer of your iPhone/iPod touch so the game rotates and moves as you do. The result is immersive game play that requires quick reactions and frantic firing!
Augmented Reality – If you are the proud owner of a shiny iPhone3GS or iPhone4 you can make use of the rear facing camera to overlay the game against your surrounding environment. When your iPhone is docked it transforms into a high tech sight complete with cross hair and game data. Now the alien swarm will appear from the walls, ceiling, floor, dog or whatever else happens to be in the room at the time. We can’t emphasise just how much fun it is to shout “die alien scum!” whilst pointing the gun at your partners head! Actually, never before has the quote “they’re coming out of the goddamn walls!” been so apt! Don’t worry if you have an iPod Touch as the game works just as well using the alternative space background.
Even the way to reload is super cool. To replenish your ammo you have to quickly move the gun 90 degrees towards the ceiling and then back down again. Special weapons and power ups can be collected throughout the mission so keep your eyes peeled.
The gun is lightweight and the shoulder stock can be removed to give you a shorter gun depending on your preference. There are two triggers; the rear trigger fires the lasers, whilst the front trigger is for firing missiles, but use them sparingly!
Don’t be fooled in thinking this is a one hit wonder, there are already more games in development and we’re sure that once other developers have had a go they’ll all be using this ingenious device to get the most out of their games. The great news for us is this is only the beginning, it’s so much more than another new product, it just feels right, some call it magical, and it will have a lasting impact on the way we blast aliens! :P
For a list of the current apps that are compatible with the AppBlaster, click on this link.