Last month virtual reality (VR) headset maker Merge VR launched its take on augmented reality (AR) with the Merge Cube, a physical toy that can be used with a smartphone. Now Texas-based AR developer Possum Interactive has launched a multiplayer, cooperative puzzle for Merge Cube called The Nexus Box.
Made for iOS and Android mobile devices, The Nexus Box is a team game where one player has possession of Merge Cube (or ancient artifact) while the other players have a journal full of clues (downloadable for free). The players have to work together to decipher complex instructions, manipulate the artifact’s controls and solve the puzzles before time runs out.
Featuring eighteen puzzles, procedurally generated challenges and family focused gameplay, players can take it in turns either manipulating the puzzle or figuring out the clues from the journal.
While AR is becoming big news thanks to the launch of iOS 11 and ARKit from Apple, and Google releasing ARCore to developers, the Merge Cube is taking a different tact by giving users something they can hold to see holographic objects.
The Merge Cube retails for $14.99 USD. Users can then dive into the company’s Merge Miniverse to select from a curated range of family-friendly content. The toy can also be used with the Merge VR headset so customers don’t need to hold their smartphones.
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