Augmented reality (AR) is certainly becoming more prolific on mobile devices these days, with developers publishing a range of apps and videogames to suit all tastes. British game studio, Sensible Object, has been involved in the technology for a while, not as its core focus, more of an additional avenue for its tower building game Beasts of Balance. Recently, the studio released a big update for its free iOS and Android app adding a new competitive mode called ‘Battles’.
Originally announced last year as a secondary Kickstarter campaign for fans of the original, the ‘Battles’ mode adds a new competitive edge to the gameplay now allowing two to three players each to take on the role of a Divine Creator of a single region: Land, Sea or Air. The aim of the game is for players to fill their region with powerful beasts while stealing and destroying those of their opponents.
For Beasts of Balance pros who want to up the intensity and strategy of the mode even more then there’s always the optional Battle Card add-on pack which contains 16 AR Battle Cards. Using the same NFC technology as the physical game pieces, the cards give players the opportunity to ‘Smite’, ‘Hex’ and ‘Nope’ the opposition. Some are focused on attack, some will aid in defense, and some will manifest in much more surprising ways.
Alongside the new mode mode, the app update includes compatibility with seven new add-on packs that have just shipped to Kickstarter backers and which will be shipping to retail in September. These include the More Beasts pack, which adds Chameleon, Flamingo and Angler Fish creatures to both the physical and digital worlds; the Paranormal Pack, which includes the Ghost Crab and Cursed Cross, and four Legendary Beasts, ‘Fancyprance The Fabulous Unicorn,’ ‘Hotbelly The Hangry Dragon,’ ‘Moby Brick The Space Whale,’ and ‘Omnibeast The Majestic Mimic.’