Gun XAPPR review. Virtual and real shooters
Technologies of the added reality caught popularity as quickly as it lost. Possibility to see more through a lens of phone promised the inexpressible future, but only units of developers could understand partially at least how to apply all this in the form of services and appendices. Metal Compass — among them. XAPPR — a little overdue, but surprisingly the hardy project: it is a toy returning at the time of arcadian machine guns with guns as the controler.
Everything is based on development of AR (augmented reality) — the added reality. On the image from the iPhone or iPod Touch chamber, fixed on XAPPR, game — whether it be opponents or the interface is imposed. Position of virtual rivals is regulated according to data from the accelerometer and гиросокопа.
Each time when you turn the gun towards the virtual enemy, the image on the iPhone screen too moves — and to a descent the shot of your environment in the real world moves. It creates game illusion in real space. The pressing a cock provokes a shot.
Running forward, all this works surprisingly fine, and I spent the whole hour in a drawing room, spinning on a place and being shot from the zombie whom actually was not. The best effect, naturally, is reached on open places.
XAPPR arrived to me in a cardboard box of orange color.
Inside on the plastic pallet the black-orange toy gun in futuristic style lay. On reason blasters come from a never-ending flow of second-grade science-fiction films. Or absolutely banana. The form is certainly picked up taking into account the introduction sphere: in a crowded place was to anything to swing any copy H&K or "lyuger".
In a box the small instruction which by no means cannot be thrown out is enclosed: on it the unique serial number XAPPR which activates possibility of use of an accessory in games is placed. Why this system was thought up — no concept I have. Perhaps, it is protection against Chinese "copies".
The gun looks funny and silly on a photo, but in a hand lies practically absolutely. The weight at a design without phone small, the child will cope without effort, not to mention his parents or simply keen adults. Quality of the case the disputable. Its best part — it as it is magnificent, a handle and a cock. To hold XAPPR really with comfort, and accurate click of a trigger absolutely designates the shot moment.
For the rest the gun of ecstasy does not cause. Connections of parts are visible with open years, well and plastic is used not better, than in any toy machine gun from the countries of Asia. Most of all disappointed the mechanism of fastening of phone. This is the holder in style of a car of analogs: insert a device between 2 prorezinenny clips and twist "pancake" clockwise for fixing. Or skis not those, or I did something incorrectly, but I did not manage to fix iPhone 5 surely. Perhaps the rejected copy got to me?
All this good fortune works from class AAA batteries ("mizinchikovy") which need to be inserted in unevident sequence. Do not repeat my mistakes and be verified with a legend on a reverse side of a cover of a batareyny compartment. The compartment is located directly in a toy handle. Thanks to it three batteries practically do not influence the personal weight of "blaster" felt by hands.
XAPPR is connected to iPhone, iPod Touch and devices on the basis of Android OS by means «миниджека» — the socket for earphones. the 3,5-milimetrovy tip with a cord is laid at level of "front sight" of the toy gun. It is inserted into the corresponding socket and hands over information on cock pressing. The sound at all this is transferred via the loudspeaker in "blaster" — weak on quality, but sufficient for games.
To use XAPPR, it is necessary to register it, having downloaded the firm Metal Compass appendix in App Store or Google Play. The program is simple how it in general can be. At the first start to us bezotstupno will suggest to be registered. After confirmation of the account enter its data into the program, open the Accessories tab a
nd press "plus" in a corner.
Here it is required to enter that serial number. After activation it is possible to proceed in the Games tab and to start to download the most important — games in what this accessory is used. A choice wide, but more than a half of these appendices are paid — from 1st to three dollars. Some entertainments in this list are not present. Therefore I was run on App Store without the aid of others and started 5 following toys.
ATK [iTunes link]
It is a shooting gallery with 3 types of rivals and several types of arms. The newcomers similar to a targets, move on you from all directions — literally this word. To find, where there is an opponent, it is possible, using a radar marking enemies with red points. With each wave of enemies becomes more increasing, and some of them start to use the boards absorbing a loss.
The tool shares on two options — guns and rifles. In each section is on one "trunk" with infinite cartridges. Other guns should be taken on intra game currency which Is unreal to earn in game. I.e. ATK asks expenditure of real means to open the virtual tool, also to get cartridges for them. To do it it is unessential for enough to choose a rifle and just right to click on a cock. But осадочек remains that is sad — after all as a whole it is pretty qualitative project, in particular against others.
ARW XAPPR [iTunes link]
The weakest appendix in a selection. Over the head spaceships fly, and we force down them the laser. It is heavy to aim, as the ships constantly change a course and are blocked by others. To Modelki супостатов are identical, and — the laser gun — quite often smears the tool by. Generally, on a dvoyechka.
ARTerimnate (Lite) [iTunes link]
Feel Terminator. The firm interface in red tones and a lot of the useless running text is applied. The task — to clean people, and real. Naturally, to harm in the real world it is necessary — rather simply guide to nobody a sight on a face of the person that game identified it and let’s the order destroy. We press a cock, we receive "point", we go to find wishing further.
The big advertizing banner blocks the lower part of the screen. To hide it it is possible for 33 rubles, but to do it I do not recommend — still there are more inquisitive toys.
Pirate Bay Games [iTunes link]
Here I understand it! Game is developed on virtual open spaces of the ships, submarines and fields. The chamber at all this is not activated — the accelerometer and a gyroscope is used only. But it is enough of it to receive a drive charge.
The field of vision is limited to 170 degrees so it is possible to play this entertainment, sitting on a sofa. Most of all it is similar to a shooting gallery: because of stones and decks enemies get out and after a while cause a small loss, and we try to hit them in advance. Some супостаты rush bananas and gun kernels which can be hit in flight.
There are three modes: on 5 "waves", infinite (on a survival) and, attention, analog of Duck Hunt with Dendy (NES)! Same conditions: we shoot ducks earlier, than they will depart for the horizon. Only instead of a giggling dog the cat creeps out. Generally, the spotless fan, I recommend.
AR Dead Raid [iTunes link]
Let and paid, but the "strongest" appendix — in the best traditions of arcadian zombies shooters a la House Of The Dead. The city was grasped by zombies, and we can rely only on the gun. We become in any spacious place and we start to bring down to indulge packs. Enemies share on three look — creeping, going and running. They put a loss only in near fight so the main objective — to keep the zombie at arm’s length from itself. And to make it it is possible only for one long ago in the known way.
To indulge appears from all directions and creeps including from a back so I advise quite often to be verified with a radar. Shots in the head cause a bigger loss. For an exact aiming it is possible to choose a look through a gun front sight. Pledge of a long survival — a mode of delay of time. To activate it it is possible and it is necessary quite often: zombies constantly move and wave the head, preventing to aim there.
After loss we receive any casual gun with mass of lines: a loss, range, quantity of cartridges in a holder, possibility of a successful shot, a prize in number of charged points etc. Directly here I spent not one hour and if it is honest, wanted to test still while wrote these lines. Arcadian machine guns have a rest.
Naturally, it not all library of games. Me struck not only the drive of some of them, well and the price of the accessory. Usually such pieces are on sale with mad price lists. But I in any way did not expect the price in 1500 rubles. 50-100 more rubles are required to be spent for rather good games, but it is the insignificant sum.
XAPPR — a good gift for collective pastime which will estimate both adults, and children. In particular those adults who found times of "blossoming" of arcadian machine guns. I will go still I will do some shooting
To get the gun XAPPR for 1490 rub.