Startup Epic Dragon UK's Android and iOS augmented reality title Domination Earth has now launched, which allows you to capture places using your phone in order to expand a virtual empire of the real world.
Epic Dragon UK came up with the idea after getting inspiration from the Swarm social network, which some of CEO Dan Dragon's friends used extensively.
"I could never understand the incentive behind just recording all the places you've visited, so I decided to take it to the next level and transform the process of 'checking in' into a full-blown war game," Dragon said. "It creates a personalised 'travel log', but also suggests places you would never normally visit, in order to collect valuable resources. Domination Earth enables players to boast of their newly acquired assets on a worldwide scale and build their own personal network of cities, protecting all these conquests. The user with the highest square mileage of captured lands appears as the country's leader on the world map."
The app encourages cycling, hiking, and other forms of exploration to collect resources, which require you to approach them in the real world to collect them. You then have to use these to build military bases and recruit armies. Alliances can be formed with neighbours if things get tough, however, and you can even influence places remotely by sending armies overseas. Item scrapping is a big part of the game as well, as you can use anything with a barcode to transform that into resources.
For more on the game check out the official website. Does this sound like a good use of AR in video games?