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If you live in a big city, there are high chances for you to see people walking on the streets with their phones in their hands, looking for Pokémon. Millions of people are playing this game that has become a phenomenon across the world, while other millions hate its damn guts. Fortunately, there alternative games that can offer a great experience in augmented reality, and we’ll tell you about a few of them.


This app was released seven years ago for iPhone and then, a year later, it became available for Android, as well. It has a feature called “Monocle”, which allows users who open the camera on their devices to view businesses around them – bars, restaurants, hotels, and they can also see which friend has checked in that place. Also, there’s a map that overlays content onto the real world and which moves with users.


This educational application will help you learn more about the world that surrounds you by “blipping” objects. You will just hold the phone up and wait until it will recognize an object and will give you information about it, such as who invented it. Also, when seeing a photo in an article, for example, of a dinosaur, it will come to life, as you’ll see it lifting out of the page.

Google Translate

The application doesn’t necessarily involve typing in words and translating them into another language. You can use Google Translate to scan text that you don’t understand, using your phone’s camera, and the application will try to translate it into your language, but the translation won’t be 100 percent accurate.

Crayola Color Alive

Kids love coloring books, but after they’re done coloring them, they throw away their work. Crayola Color Alive is an R application that allows parents to print free coloring pages or to buy special 4D coloring books that cost $5.99 each and to let their kids color them the way they want. At the end, the branded character they’ve colored will emerge out of the paper and will appear in their room.

Star Walk 2

Fans of Astronomy will love this AR which will give them information about stars, planets, comets, satellites etc. The application is free for Android, but it has a premium version that costs $2.99, which is available for iOS, as well. Users will see celestial bodies (planetary nebulae and constellations) and images from their camera overlaid with words and images when tapping the camera icon.