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Whimsical AR Games

'Woorld' is a Silly and Playful AR Game from the Maker of 'Katamari'

— November 2, 2016 — Life-Stages
'Woorld' is a new augmented reality game from Keita Takahashi, the creator of the beloved 'Katamari Damacy' and 'Noby Noby Boy' games. Featuring the same whimsical and silly spirit that initially endeared gamers to Takahashi, Woorld brings that playfulness into the real world -- albeit through the mediation of a smartphone.

In Woorld, players place objects within their actual surroundings thanks to the cameras on their smartphones. To succeed in the game, players need to find the right interactions between the various AR objects in the quasi-fictional environment.

Woorld is powered by Google's 'Project Tango,' a 3D mapping system. The game is currently available in the Google Play Store. However, the only device that can currently run Woorld is the Levovo Phab2 Pro; gamers with different devices will have to wait for a compatible version.
Trend Themes
1. Whimsical AR Gaming - The use of augmented reality technology, paired with a playful and silly game design, creates new possibilities for entertainment.
2. Smartphone-powered AR Gaming - As smartphones become increasingly advanced, they may provide a more accessible platform for augmented reality gaming.
3. Integration of 3D Mapping - Incorporating 3D mapping technology, such as Google's 'Project Tango', can enhance the realism and interactivity of AR games.
Industry Implications
1. Gaming - The gaming industry may benefit from the creation of more playful and immersive AR games.
2. Smartphone Technology - As AR gaming becomes more prevalent, developers may invest in smartphone technology to create more advanced and accessible platforms.
3. Mapping and Navigation - The technology behind 3D mapping, utilized in AR games such as Woorld, may also have applications in mapping and navigation industries.
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