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PGA today announced a new mobile title, PGA Jr League Safari Par-Tee, a golf game featuring animal avatars. It was created using Niantic’s Lightship tools. It is currently free to download for iOS and Android.
Developed by Trigger, the app is a cartoon-style golf simulation aimed at kids and families. Players choose a cute animal to play with, then hit a golf ball by dragging their finger across the swing to control the power and direction of their swing. It has a multiplayer component where players can compete in 2v2 or 1v1. Players not only have to try to get below the level, but also have to deal with a variety of obstacles on their course.
I had the opportunity to see the app in action. It uses Lightship’s AR plane detection to set up the play area in space around the player. It offers three separate biomes for players: Desert Dunes, Icy Flats, and Meadow. Each offers challenges using different types of golf clubs to show younger players their purpose. Trigger also uses Lightship’s built-in networking capabilities to sync players on a common AR layer.
Trigger CEO Jason Yim said in a statement, “Gaming in the real world Metaverse is a core mechanic that can bring not only fun but also education, commerce and even benefit. We are excited to be working with the PGA to develop this mobile app and support them in their goal of connecting with young golfers through gamification and augmented reality.”
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