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Snap Inc. Launches First AR Game “Ghost Phone”

The social media favourite wants you to become a ghost hunter

Snap Inc. has launched its very first Snapchat AR game, a spooky “found phone” name called Ghost Phone that lives as one of the available Lenses for use in the app.

The game lets you work and solve mysteries of what happened to the previous owner of a smartphone, and from there, things might get horrific. 

The core of the game is to use the camera on your smartphone to locate AR ghosts that will randomly appear in your nearby surroundings. 

A Lens with a difference

You’ll have to complete a range of activities in order to find and capture ghosts such as tracking three floating energy balls around your surrounding to make a ghost appear and other sorts of activities. The more ghosts you capture, the more you’ll unlock additional things that you can check out from the “phone,” like new text messages or apps. 

Ghost Phone is Snap’s first foray into AR games, a genre that hasn’t seen another hit as successful as Niantic’s Pokémon Go in a while. And while Snap’s Ghost Phone is unlikely to reach that same level of success, it does appear to be fun compared to other AR games out there. 

If you’d like to check out Ghost Phone, you can search it in Lens Explorer here

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Isa Muhammad is a writer and video game journalist covering many aspects of entertainment media including the film industry. He's steadily writing his way to the sharp end of journalism and enjoys staying informed. If he's not reading, playing video games or catching up on his favourite TV series, then he's probably writing about them.

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