Star Wars Arcade: Falcon Gunner – Entertaining Augmented Reality Game Play for your iPhone 4

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If you don’t have an AR.Drone quada-copter or can’t wait for its Augmented Reality (AR) games to be released, check out the new $4.99 Star Wars themed game for the iPhone, iPhone 3GS, and 4th generation iPod touch.

Star Wars Arcade: Falcon Gunner (iTunes App Store)

I virtually plunked down my $4.99 and tried it out on an iPhone 4. The AR camera view of the real world is an option you need to turn on. Once you do, you’ll see the real world overlaid by a star field, laser fire, and the Empire’s Tie fighters. The actual graphics are a bit primitive (they look a lot like the games we saw in the late 1970s and 1980s). But, the real entertainment value in this game is AR real world view overlaid by the game graphics as well as the real-world movement interpreted by the acceleromter and gyroscope (iPhone 4/4th generation iPod touch). You’ll find yourself swinging your body literally around its axis. You might want to sit in a swivel chair with enough free space to swing around in a complete circle for this game.

Note: My iPhone 4 became reasonably warm after playing this game for a few minutes.

There are 10 weapons available for in-app purchase at 99 cents each. I suspect, some are necessary once you get to a certain level. But, for now, the laser that comes as part of the $4.99 game package is providing a lot of entertainment value. This is definitely a game that people will be showing their friends this holiday season.