“BattleScan” is an upcoming mobile game project from indie developer Kris Bray that will allow players to capture and battle with monsters by scanning QR and barcodes from everyday products in your home. Sound familiar? Bray was inspired to create this App from a Japanese handheld barcode scanning game from the 90’s called “Barcode Battler.” His project “BattleScan” may not be the first of its kind but it is an updated and more in depth barcode scanning gaming experience than those that have come before it.
Set in a dark and dismal future “BattleScan” casts players as heroic archeologists: taking ancient artifacts and using a mysterious magic to unleash the terrifying creatures contained inside of their barcodes. Once the monsters have been revealed it’s up to players to train them to fight and find the key to this broken, futuristic societies salvation.
The core of the game is to find ordinary old QRCodes and barcodes and then scan them with your smartphone to reveal the magic inside. “BattleScan” is being described as a “treasure hunt style Augmented Reality game.” After scanning a code players can watch it transform into a 3D character through the camera viewport.
In addition to finding monsters in codes, users may also obtain weapons, power ups and other game items through their scanning efforts. As players progress in the game they’ll be able to level up their favorite creatures and discover more items and realms to battle in. Captured monsters can be battled in a variety of arena’s and customized to be the ultimate fighter.
As of now “BattleScan” is in preparation for an IndieGoGo campaign set to launch in the near future. If the project gets funded it will be available for both iOS and Android. The developer plans on making the game multiplayer so that users can battle their friends.
Bringing more multiplayer fun to the game there are plans to include two modes in the battle scanning mobile game. First will be an arena fighting mode where players can battle their monsters against friend in Street Fighter-esque arenas. The second mode will be a more ambitious, augmented reality fighting mode which will allow players to hold monster battles right on their physical table tops.
“BattleScan” is scheduled to begin it’s coming IndieGoGO campaign. You can sign up for email updates here. Visit the game’s website for more info.