Take on the role of Iron Man like never before with the Marvel Avengers: Infinity War Hero Vision Iron Man AR Experience from Hasbro.
This game requires both physical and digital components to play. You'll get an Iron Man mask with removable AR goggles to hold your device, an Iron Man gauntlet with one Infinity Stone, and three AR markers. You'll need to install the free Hero Vision app to your mobile device. (See What to Be Aware Of for compatibility info.)
Place the AR markers around your room, so they are all approximately six feet away from you. You can place them on tables and floors and adjust to whatever space you are working with. Keep the range in mind in relation to where you are standing. For example, when playing, the "city" will rise up from these markers and enemies will fly above them so while you can place the markers on tables, the gameplay does work best when you place the markers on the floor. Note: There is a mode within the game where the AR markers not required for play.
Enter the app and follow the directions to complete set-up. You'll need to place your mobile device in the goggles as instructed and adjust the lenses to meet your vision needs (see What To Be Aware Of for more details). Register your Iron Man gauntlet into the app by scanning your gauntlet with your goggles. You'll need to do this before putting the goggles into the headset. Have some Infinity Stones laying around? Attach them to your gauntlet and they'll also be scanned into the game to aid you in battle. They won't be available for use right away, though. Instead they'll be brought to you by another Marvel superhero during a battle for use.
Ready to go? Snap the goggles into the Iron Man mask and resize the back head strap to fit. Make any final readjustments to your vision as well before you start playing.
With the mask on, focus on any of the AR markers to begin. A voice (think: Jarvis or F.R.I.D.A.Y.) will give you a walk through of what you need to do to complete your mission. For instance, focus on different items using your vision to make selections as you battle enemies, such as Infinity Stones that appear within the game. Thanos will appear at the start of each mission to let you know that you are no match for him and notify you of what enemies he's having you take on. The enemies will begin to attack. It's then up to you to play Iron Man and fight back with your repulsor gauntlet. To do so, focus on your target, and then raise your wrist like Iron Man to repulse any enemies and incoming fire to protect the sources and the city. To activate your shield to protect you from incoming hits and repair your armor, simply raise your palm to your face to initiate repair. If you have been hit too much during battle though, you may not be able to make repairs until you've taken down more enemies first.
Each battle mission lasts only a few minutes. After each battle, if you succeed, you'll unlock new levels and earn points that allow you to beef up your armor, weaponry, damage impact, and repair abilities for the next mission. You can also use the Infinity Stones included with other Avengers: Infinity War toys from the Hasbro toy line to unlock new power-ups to use in the app. Just attach stones to your gauntlet and scan them in before you go into battle. You can only use two Infinity Stones during each game, so chose your abilities wisely.
Note: Because the AR goggles can be removed from the helmet, the helmet can still be used independent of the AR goggles for classic roleplay.
This toy is an example of AR done right. While a lot of AR experiences put kids inside a digital world that's almost 100-percent screen focused, this one engages kids' other senses, getting them up, moving around, and pretending to use their gauntlet repulsor to take aim and destroy any incoming enemies-just like Iron Man.
It essentially takes a toy kids already love for roleplay (Iron Man's helmet) and makes pretend play with it even more immersive and lifelike for kids. We especially love how the Infinity Stone tokens are associated with different Marvel characters, so for example Thor can fly in to give you a helping hand with the Space Stone. So, even though kids might be roleplaying as Iron Man, they get to engage with all their favorite Marvel characters, including Captain America, Black Widow, Star-Lord, Gamora, Doctor Strange, and Scarlet Witch.
There are also set time limits to gameplay within the helmet, and Hasbro has cleverly worked required removal of the helmet (to prevent feeling disoriented) into the gameplay. Doing so doesn't feel forced but necessary to prep for the next round.
The Marvel Avengers: Infinity War Hero Vision Iron Man AR Experience is for ages 8 and up from Hasbro. This is a toy that's going to cast a wide net, appealing to both young kids looking to become their favorite superhero as well as older Marvel fans that will be still be satisfied by the gameplay of the app. When not used for AR gameplay, the helmet can also be used by slightly younger kids as well when the goggles are removed.
Because this is a AR experience, it's important to note that Hasbro has taken precautions to keep kids from getting too disoriented from wearing the headset. What kids see when they look through the goggles is still their real world, with the game overlaid on top of it (think: Pokemon Go). In addition, the games are kept short and you'll only play about two games before the app will require you to remove the headset all together to make "necessary repairs to your equipment" before allowing you to continue.
As you'll see on the homescreen of the app, there are three experiences you can save so the game can be played by multiple kids, or you can come back, pick up where you left off in a previous game or start fresh.
The AR goggles are not designed to be worn with glasses. But, like going to the eye doctor, you'll be able to make the necessary adjustments so that when you look through the lenses (no matter how poor your normal vision is), things will look clear. As someone who is pretty much lost without her glasses, our reviewer Jenn tested this out and didn't have issues. In fact, we suggest going through route as opposed to wearing with contacts, which tended to leave your eyes a bit more dried out.
As with any AR game, kids and parents will still need to be aware of their surroundings when playing and make any necessary adjustments to the goggles to ensure a fun and dizzy-free play experience.
The Hero Vision Iron Man Augmented Reality Experience and Hero Vision App work with select Apple iPhone and Android devices.
For iPhones, your device requires iOS 10, 11 (iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone7, iPhone8, iPhoneX). * Due to size restrictions with the Hero Vision mask, any Plus iPad & iPad mini devices cannot be supported.
For Androids, you'll need to operate on 7 or later (Google Pixel 1, Samsung S7, Samsung S7 edge). * Due to size restrictions with the Hero Vision mask, any Plus, Notes or Samsung S6 devices cannot be supported.
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