Best AR games for iOS and Android

Augmented reality is growing in the mobile game space. Here are the best games available.

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Augmented Reality games have quickly become some of the most popular games for the mobile gaming crowd. Integrating video game characters and other aspects into the real world can successfully make a game feel alive more than even virtual reality in some cases. Here are the best AR games you can find on your phone.

Pokémon Go

When Pokémon Go released in 2016, it absolutely took the world by storm. It seemed wherever you went, you saw at least someone looking at their phone trying to catch a pocket monster for their collection. Since then, the game has received numerous updates adding battling and trading with trainers, multiple generations of Pokémon, and regular events for the community to participate in. Pokémon Go is still one of the most popular mobile games in the world and, by far, the most profitable AR game.

Ingress Prime

Ingress is the game Niantic made before Pokémon Go was a thing. Like that game, Ingress involves you walking around your community and interacting with murals, statues, and other geographical features in your area. As you find areas in the game, you claim the area for your faction until another person from the other faction claims it back. Since Pokémon Go’s release, Niantic has updated the game to make it more welcoming for new players.

Minecraft Earth

Minecraft Earth is the augmented reality spinoff of one of the biggest video games ever made. The game brings the creative aspects of building structures into the real world. All the classic mobs from the original game appear alongside new variants. The biggest selling point though is the community aspect. Structures you build throughout your city can be built on top of by other people bringing about opportunities for collaborations.

Jenga

There isn’t much to say about Jenga AR besides it allows you to play the classic tower game without the cleanup afterward. To play, you point your phone at a flat surface and your phone automatically constructs a tower for you to pull from. The physics of pulling away blocks from the tower work surprisingly well and the digital blocks look great in the real-world environment.

The Walking Dead: Our World

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The augmented reality game for the former number one show on television, The Walking Dead: Our World sees you fight walkers out in the real world. As you play, you collect all of your favorite characters from the show and team up with others to take down hordes of the undead.

Jurassic World: Alive

One of these days people will learn to stop messing with dinosaurs. In Jurassic World: Alive, dinosaurs have escaped Isla Nubar and are walking around your community. As you walk around finding dinosaurs, you collect DNA and can create hybrid creatures to take into PVP matches.

My Tamagotchi Forever

Tamagotchi’s made their debut in the 1990s, allowing kids to raise a digital creature of their own wherever they went. My Tamagotchi Forever brings that back with some new features and mini games. You will need to check on your tamagotchi daily to ensure their survival and the AR portion of the game allows you to place Tamatown down and play various games with your creature.

Five Nights at Freddy’s AR: Special Delivery

This game is for those that enjoy jumpscares and tales of murdered children’s spirits taking control of animatronic robots. Five Nights at Freddy’s: Special Delivery allows you to bring the terrifying robots from the main games into the real world and tasks you with surviving their attacks. As you play you collect different plushies based on those characters, mods, and CPUs. You can also send customized animatronics after friends to give them a quick fright.

Army of Robots

Army of Robots brings the survival round-based genre to augmented reality. Robots are invading your community so you will need to fend them off to the best of your abilities. Your phone screen is your own mech’s window and you will need to move it around to avoid incoming fire. It doesn’t matter where you are with this game, in a short amount of time you can turn your location into a battlefield.

Nightenfell

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Nightenfell allows you to connect with other nearby players to fend off comets hurling themselves at the mushrooms and a group of people called wizods with magic. This four-player co-op game focuses on wave-based survival where you and your friends must do your best to protect yourself and those around you for as long as possible.