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Augmented reality gaming is still a new concept. The first seriously popular AR games on mobile were Ingress and Pokemon Go. Before that it was mostly proof of concept games and stuff like that. It hasn’t changed much. Most augmented reality games are still proof of concept and time killer style games. However, Google’s ARCore and general interest seem to be pushing things along. There were actually several big AR releases in 2018 and this list filled out quite nicely after that. Additionally, there were some games that added some AR elements into the game and we thought that was kind of neat too. Here are the best augmented reality games for Android!

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Brickscape

Price: Free / Up to $12.99

Brickscape is a 3D puzzle game. Players move the various blocks inside of a box. The goal is to move the core piece in the center. It’s a relatively simple game, but that’s AR games for you these days. It is playable without AR with a regular background. The AR version lets you play the game through your camera with your surroundings. Like most AR games, it’s a fun idea, but it’s not anything serious or deep.


Egg, Inc

Price: Free to play

Egg, Inc is a clicker farming game. You build a farm, collect resources, and upgrade your stuff. The game play is very casual. There isn’t much thinking required. Most of the game takes place on your smartphone. However, there are a few AR elements within the game play. It uses Google’s ARCore. Your device also needs to support ARCore for the augmented reality stuff. It’s a fun little time waster even without the AR stuff, though.

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Ghostbusters World

Price: Free to play

Ghostbusters World is one of those AR games like Pokemon Go. Players roam the real world catching all sorts of ghosts. You collect them, battle them, and level them up. If that sounds familiar, it should. However, this game actually has a bit of a narrative to it and that adds a bit of depth that many AR games don’t have. It has various cameos from characters (and ghosts) from the movies and a bunch of social elements as well. It’s a freemium game, but in a game where the point is to walk around and collect stuff, you can’t really pay your way to the end. It’s a fun experience.


Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

Price: Free to play

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is Niantic’s latest AR game. It plays a lot like Pokemon Go and similar titles. Players walk around the real world, collect various things, and do battle with various foes. Players collectively deal with a calamity that has affected wizards everywhere. You and everyone else must help solve it. Expect cameos from popular characters from the series along with a variety of new characters as well. It’s a decent game overall, especially for Harry Potter fans.


Ingress Prime

Price: Free to play

Ingress Prime was one of the first really good AR games on Android. It was developed by Niantic. It had a huge buzz when it first came out. The way it works is that you go out into the real world. The game shows you where some portals are. You hack the portals for your team and then build them up so that the other team can’t. You’ll have two teams to pick from and that’s where the challenge comes from. The game underwent a huge change in late 2018 and re-branded to Ingress Prime. The core mechanics are intact, but the app portion saw a huge overhaul. You can still play the classic experience if you search for Ingress(REDACTED) in Google Play if you don’t like Ingress Prime, but still want to play regular Ingress.



Kings of Pool

Price: Free to play

Kings of Pool is a billiards game with a unique premise. The app superimposes a pool table on top of any flat surface in your house. You can then play pool there. It features online multiplayer with 8-ball as the main game type. Additionally, there is a global chat, a player profile with all of your stats, and some more stuff. There are some bugs and the developers are actively working on this one at the time of this writing. It worked relatively well in our testing.


Knightfall AR

Price: Free

Knightfall AR is another AR game by A&E. Like the previous game, this one is a short game that is more proof of concept than anything. It’s basically a board game that you play through your mobile device. You find a flat surface and the game imposes itself there. The controls need some work, but it’s a really neat way to leverage ARCore for gaming. It does have flaws. However, it’s also completely free with no in-app purchases.

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Pokemon Go

Price: Free to play

Pokemon Go is the biggest mobile game ever. It also turns out to be one of the largest AR games ever. Like Ingress, the basic premise has you going out into the real world. You’ll capture Pokemon, hit up Pokestops, and battle Gyms. The game is still very much in development. That means its features are evolving. It had a ton of hype when it first came out. The hype isn’t quite what it used to be. However, the game still has a wicked loyal following. Recent updates in 2018 brought trainer battles, Pokemon trading, and some other highly requested features. Other augmented reality games are measured by Pokémon Go.

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The Walking Dead: Our World

Price: Free to play

The Walking Dead: Our World is an AR style game similar to Pokémon Go and Ghostbusters World. You roam around the real world while killing zombies. The zombies change based on your location and plenty of social elements. You clear out zombies, put your mark on the map, and other players find it. It also has gacha elements. You can collect various characters from the show to help you kill more zombies. It also ties into the TV show a little bit and there are a ton of story missions to play as well. It’s a freemium game and it has a few bugs. Otherwise, it’s not too bad. Jurassic World Alive is another excellent AR game that works a lot like this one.


Zombies, Run!

Price: Free / $3.99 per month / $24.99 per year

Zombies, Run is a fitness game. It bills itself as an immersive audio adventure game. The way it works is that you go for a walk or a run. As you go, you’ll unlock various pieces of the story. The drama involves you in a creative way that helps motivate you to keep going. The game will even work on treadmills in case you don’t want to go outside. It’s a popular game and it’ll help you stay in shape. You can play the first four missions for free and you can unlock new missions each week. Alternatively, you can pay for the subscription service and unlock everything.


If we missed any great AR games for Android, tell us about them in the comment section below!

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