Latest in Gaming

Image credit:

Incantor brings World of Warcraft to real life (hands-on)

Brian Heater
05.23.12
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

There's plenty of cool stuff to see on the floor of this year's TechCrunch Disrupt, but nothing's likely quite so eye-catching as Incantor, a mobile game that utilizes your smartphone and, naturally, a magic wand, to bring fantasy-style action to the real world -- or as the game's creators put it, to "bring World of Warcraft to real life." The wand speaks to your handset via Bluetooth, detecting your gestures and generating "spells." Hold your phone in portrait, and you'll get personal information, including your character level, spell bag, etc. Flip it to landscape, and you'll get a Google Map overlay, showing you other players in your area.

There are 13 different game play modes in all, and you can play as a group or solo. Moveable Code was only showing off one wand at the show, but the company expects to make 10 available in all, representing different classes. Interested parties can find out more at the Kickstarter link in the source below. Beta testing will begin in early Q4, with widespread availability coming by year's end. The wand, which offers up feedback based on gameplay (including interactions with other players), should run you around $60 when it hits the market. You can play the game sans phone, but we're told its not quite as fun.

Either way, sparring, quests and games capture the flag should get people outside a bit more than PC-based MMORPGs. Sunscreen, however, is not included. Check out a video of Incantor's creators demonstrating the game after the break.

Gallery: Incantor hands-on | 17 Photos

Zach Honig contributed to this report.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

TurboTax maker Intuit buys Credit Karma to corner personal financial data

TurboTax maker Intuit buys Credit Karma to corner personal financial data

View
Apple dives deep into specs for the Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR

Apple dives deep into specs for the Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR

View
'Cyberpunk 2077' studio commits to a free Xbox Series X upgrade

'Cyberpunk 2077' studio commits to a free Xbox Series X upgrade

View
Netflix's daily-updating Top 10 lists roll out worldwide

Netflix's daily-updating Top 10 lists roll out worldwide

View
Planet Computers' clamshell phone can dual-boot Android and Linux

Planet Computers' clamshell phone can dual-boot Android and Linux

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr