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Augmented reality gaming is still a new concept. The first seriously popular AR game 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. Here are the best AR games for Android! It’s not the best list of games we’ve ever assembled, but it’s definitely better than the previous update.


Brickscape

Price: Free / Up to $12.99
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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.
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Crime Scene by A&E

Price: $0.99
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Crime Scene by A&E is a game for crime scene investigator fans. It draws inspiration from the genre. More specifically, it draws inspiration from the shows on A&E like First 48 and Crime 360. The game lets you investigate crime scenes much like the show. It uses augmented reality to let you look around find clues and similar things. There are six cases in the game. The game also requires Google's ARCore like many of the games on the list. That requires a separate download of the official ARCore app. You also need a compatible device. Otherwise, the game is cheap at $0.99 with no in-app purchases or ads.
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Egg, Inc

Price: Freemium
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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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Egg, Inc

Ingress

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Ingress 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. It's entertaining and it'll get you off the couch. It's a good alternative for those who like the idea of Pokemon Go, but don't like Pokemon.
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Knightfall AR

Price: Free
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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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My Tamagotchi Forever

Price: Freemium
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My Tamagotchi Forever is one of the newer AR games out now. It's actually just a modernized version of the old Tamagotchi toys from the 1990's. You raise a little pet, play with it, feed it, and take care of it. The game also offers various customizations and other stuff. The AR elements in this game aren't part of the core experience. It lets you explore a town in AR. We imagine that many mobile games will use methods like this in the future where only select parts of the game use augmented reality. This one is a freemium game, but people seem to like it anyway.
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Pokemon Go

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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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 has died down, but the game is still fairly popular among players. It's a good experience and it'll get you off the couch.
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Slingshot Island ARCore

Price: $0.99
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Slingshot Island is a tower destruction game similar in mechanics to Angry Birds. You launch things with the expressed purpose of destroying the various towers. You get a variety of weapons, a fun AR experience, and 30 levels of game play. This one also requires Google's ARCore. That means you need a newer, compatible device in order to play. Otherwise, it's cheap, accessible, and actually feels like a full game rather than a proof of concept. This is one of the better early ARCore games.
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WobblyStack

Price: $1.99
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WobblyStack is basically an AR, mobile game version of Jenga. The game uses the device's motion sensors and camera to pull blocks out of the stack and place them on top. It also features haptic feedback for more refined controls. It's not perfect, but it's a surprisingly good take on the popular party game. There is also local multiplayer modes to recreate the party atmosphere. This one is actually pretty good as well, even if the idea is a little unoriginal and quick to play. It goes for $1.99 with no in-app purchases or ads.
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Zombies, Run!

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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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. It's free to download and play. You can pay money for additional content if you so choose.
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If we missed any great AR games for Android, tell us about them in the comment section below!