Videogame developer Archiact Interactive first entry into the world of consumer virtual reality (VR) came by way of a cute puzzle platform called Waddle Home, initially released for Samsung Gear VR back in 2015. The title then scampered onto HTC Vive and then PlayStation VR in 2016. This week sees the videogame make its biggest leap yet, all the way into augmented reality with an iOS experience called Waddle Home AR.
Just like its VR siblings, Waddle Home AR is about saving a family of penguins who’ve been abducted by robots. So it’s up to you to help them navigate slippery ice floes by toggling blocks, opening doors, and escaping the ever-patrolling Guard robots. For an added challenge, lead the penguins to collect the three pink Bonus Eggs in each level for a high score.
Built using Apple’s ARKit, Waddle Home AR can now be taken wherever your iPhone or iPad goes so long as its an ARKit compatible device. These include iPhone X, 8, 8 Plus, 7, 7 Plus, SE, 6s, 6s Plus, iPad and iPad Pro.
Waddle Home AR is a free to start title, so it includes all 40 levels just like the original with the first 16 playable for free. The other 24 can be unlocked through an in-app purchase.
“We first showed our experimental AR experience Roll Home to a conference audience early this year and got an enthusiastic response. Once we published that experiment, we became convinced that mobile AR will play a major role in mobile entertainment. Now with the release of Waddle Home AR, we can finally show AR enthusiasts what we can do with this technology,” said Archiact Interactive’s, Studio Head Kurt Busch in a statement.
Lastly, Archiact Interactive also created a little something special for customers: a fully animated iMessage sticker pack, featuring Waddle at his sassiest. You can download the full sticker pack for $1.99 USD, or just download Waddle Home AR and receive 3 stickers.
As Archiact continues to to release more VR and AR content, VRFocus will keep you updated on the latest releases.