Move over Pokemon Go!, there’s a new augmented reality sensation in town. Mobile game developer Rovio has announced the 19th entry in its popular avian-led series: Angry Birds AR: Isle of Pigs. Now available for pre-order (launching in late spring) on all ARKit-enabled devices, the free new title brings the old-school slingshot mechanics and colorful boards to the real world. I had the opportunity to go hands-on with the new game and it’s even more addictive than the previous entries.

Similar to previous titles, Isle of Pigs pits the titular angry birds against the greedy pigs in an attempt to rescue your stolen eggs. But before you start busting up piggy strongholds, you have to find a suitable space to play. Unlike previous Angry Birds games, you’ll have to do a bit of prep work before you start smashing piggies.

When the game launches, you’ll be prompted to find a 19.7 x 19.7-inch flat surface, which is slightly bigger than an A4 piece of paper. From there, ARKit does its thing and scans the surface, complete with dozens of pig faces outlining your soon-to-be play area, which in my case was a fairly large table. The scan takes about 1-2 seconds, after which it was time to play.


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