You can now turn your smartphone into a laser tag gun, and all you need is an app and a small attachment. Play against other people in local laser tag skirmishes, join a faction and work to control areas around the globe — all with your smartphone screen.
The game is called Father.IO, and it just went live on Indiegogo. The free app for iOS andAndroid utilizes your phone’s camera to turn your screen into a classic first-person shooter screen with a gun, a heads-up display of your ammunition and health, along with a map. Paying for the attachment, called the Inceptor, allows you to shoot other players by using built-in infrared emitters and receivers.
The game modes
The augmented reality game Father.IO has two main game modes: quick match mode and massive multiplayer. Quick match mode allows you to play free-for-all or team games with local players by sending out an invite to people nearby. Massive multiplayer taps you into a worldwide game of king of the hill, where two factions fight to maintain control of different 150-foot square areas around the globe.
Although you’re playing in present day, the story of Father.IO takes place in the future when artificial intelligence surpasses human intelligence. A virus called Father.IO attacks Earth’s intelligent cloud network and starts taking over, creating a cybernetic race called “the Evolved.”Father.IO places you with either the Evolved faction bent on destroying humans, or the human faction.
The two factions can fight each other at any point if players have their Inceptors and game on, and can claim different buildings like banks and hospitals to improve their faction’s resources. The game uses data from open source maps of the world to create its own maps.
How it works
Because smartphones aren’t able to register gun hits without the Inceptor, not having the attachment will limit you to just collecting resources for your faction. You will also be unable to participate in the first-person shooter aspect of Father.IO, including the entire quick match mode.
The Inceptor allows you to shoot people up to about 160 feet away
The Inceptor allows you to shoot people up to about 160 feet away, and detects the infrared shots in a 6-foot radius around itself.
Father.IO allows players to play as different classes of fighters, including basic offensive classes, a medic class and a hacker class. The classes all have their strengths and weaknesses, like better armor or more abilities. For example, hackers can steal resources from the enemy faction and remotely attack players, but have low armor and only a pistol.