This year, 2018, has been dubbed as the augmented reality game and virtual reality game year. A year where we will see more quality releases in these two genres and push the boundaries of gaming to possibilities we only dreamed of in the last century.
In the augmented reality game, or ARG, space we have two highly anticipated games, Empower Labs‘s Delta T, launching its open beta sometime March; and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment‘s Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, rumoured to enter closed beta the latter half of the year. For gamers already playing Niantic‘s Ingress and The Pokémon Company‘s Pokémon GO for the past few years, the arrival of this year has been a long wait.
However, major brands and developer studios aside, there are other matured ARG worth looking into, and one is a game called QONQR by QONQR, LLC. that was originally released in May 2012 and held its beta on May 2011!
QONQR, pronounced as KONG-ker, is a class IV artificial intelligence discovered lurking in cyberspace. No one has figured out yet what QONQR’s true intentions are but two definite results came out of studies about this AI,  no one on Earth has claimed its development, nor was it traced to have originated from anywhere on the planet; and  this AI is a force to be reckoned with.
Three factions emerged, The Legion, who believes QONQR has to be destroyed at all costs; The Swarm, a faction convinced QONQR is the key to humanity’s future; and The Faceless, a loosely organised group of militant hackers who wants to use QONQR and technology behind it for their own personal purposes.
You can know more about the three factions in the faction webcomics.
Like any other ARG, players have to pick a side, and then new operatives are immediately thrust into the game tutorial. For players of Ingress and Pokémon GO, and as with any other augmented reality game, QONQR relies on the GPS location of a phone or tablet the app was installed, thus, operatives have to go outside and explore the world. And here’s where it differs, there are features that allow operatives to attack other zones through range attacks, as well as, to use the tunnel feature. (More about this in another post.)
Points-of-interest are called zones and operatives have to control and defend these zones to generate resources. These resources can be used to purchase in-game items necessary for offense and defense, as well as, in upgrading weapons and bases.
The game also offer treasure hunts. These are daily and primary missions where precious rewards are given upon completion. If that is not enough, QONQR, LLC. also runs special events where real-life rewards are given away, yes, shipped around the world, and that, my fellow gamers, is a first in the ARG space.
QONQR is available in three platforms, download it today: Google Play, Windows Phone Store, AppStore. Create your new account here or in the app, be sure to enter my IGN “gameshogun” (without quotation marks) as your recruiter here or scan the QR code below.
Next week, I will be posting part 2 of this article where we will go in-depth with what makes this game different from all others. Until then, don’t get QONQR’ed!
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