Case Study

AR Game with track recognition

With the launch of iOS 11 we got curious and wanted to create our own little fun AR game. We love muscle cars and the 80s and cactuses and ARcade games and the answer was ARiZONA RATTLESNAKE.

Special thanks to our friends and neighbours Loy and Sebastian from Loy Production who helped out with sound design and composed a super cool & funky Italo synth track for the game and teaser video.

Gameplay

The game itself is pretty simple and took the classic Carrera slot car game approach as example. The user can accelerate and drift through the corners when a certain speed was reached to prevent getting thrown off the track.

The Idea Behind: Tracking


The core idea was that a user can draw his own individual racing track on a common sheet of paper and bring it to live using Augmented-Reality.

The user paints a closed line on a sheet of paper and scans it with the iPad. The scanning phase uses image processing to detect the sheet of paper in the camera image and extract the inner part. In a second step this inner part is used to find the contour of the race track.

The extracted contour is used to generate points along the racing track, which are then automatically transformed into a textured 3D mesh and displayed using Augmented-Reality. Additionally environment assets are placed randomly along the track, like for example mountains and cactuses, to enrich the racing track. This engages to user to create new racing tracks, since no game world will match a previous one.

After the game world is created, the race starts and the player has to complete three laps on their own race track as fast as possible. Similar to a slot car, the virtual racer follows the track automatically and the player can control speed and drift to master the race track in the shortest possible time. But beware - the car can loose friction in the curves and cause a crash. At the end of the race a high score is displayed, which can be challenged in the next game.

The Experience

The Experience
It's about detail

We created an AR experience that is unique and provides fun at the same time. ARiZONA Rattlesnake is a game with a high approach on visual design and a very clear user experience.

Case Study

AR Game with track recognition