Scare intruders away from Lady Willowcrest’s hidden treasure in this reading-activated adventure.
Arriving just in time for the Halloween season, Willowcrest Manor — the sixth and latest AR storybook experience released on WITHIN’s Wonderscope app, takes young readers on a spooky adventure in which they play the role of a not-so-friendly ghost tasked with scaring a pair of young intruders away from the treasure of the manors late-owner, Lady Willowcrest.
Under the guidance of the mischievous ghost butler Godfrey, kids will learn the ins and outs of becoming a terrifying spirit. Like all Wonderscope AR experience, users progress through the story be reading out-loud dialogue presented to them on screen, creating the illusion that they’re actually communicating with the digital characters.
During their ghostly training with Godfrey, kids will learn how they can interact with their environment by tapping on certain objects. Tapping on a cobweb, for instance, will send a cluster of creepy spiders scurrying across the walls, while applying a “ghostly touch” to an ancient suit of armor will trigger some “Thriller”-style dance moves.
However, when two sisters named Skylar and Margaret sneak their way onto the ghoulish property, users will need to put their newly-acquired skills to the test in order to scare away the curious pair and protect Lady Willowcrest’s mysterious treasure.
“We crafted this story with the intention of creating a narrative that was not just seasonal and fun, but highly participatory and fully immersive, incorporating the most exciting elements of AR,” said, Thor Benitez, Lead Creative and Technical Artist at WITHIN and writer of Willowcrest Manor, in an official release. “This meant building a dollhouse-sized manor where kids play the house ghost and use their device to explore, tap and talk their way through the adventure. And, like all Wonderscope stories, there are unexpected twists along the way. We couldn’t be more excited to share it this trick or treat season.”
Whereas earlier Wonderscope stories, such as Little Red the Inventor and A Brief History of Stunts by Astounding People, incorporated the physical world fairly heavily within their respective experiences, Willowcrest Manor offers users a fully-fleshed out digital environment to explore. The characters and the environment are represented as miniatures, allowing you to back up and view the scene entire scene from a God perspective, or move in closer for a cinematic experience; only in this interactive film, you’re in control of the camera. Much like how Benitez described in the above statement, it’s almost like looking down at a the worlds creepiest dollhouse.
Developed by award-winning VR studio 3dar, Willowcrest Manor serves as a perfect follow-up to Wonderscope’s fifth release, Clio’s Cosmic Quest, which offered a larger, more expansive visual experience set in the vastness of outer space. By creating a more condensed detailed environment and filling it with hidden interactive elements, Within offers Wonderscope users a fresh take on their AR storybook formula.
Wonderscope’s catalog of AR storybook experiences currently includes A Brief History of Stunts by Astounding People, Little Red the Inventor, Wonder’s Land Ringmaster Wanted, Clio’s Cosmic Quest, Lauren and the Three Bears, and Willowcrest Manor.
Willowcrest Manor is availablw now via the Wonderscope app which is available free on devices running iOS 11 and up, including the iPhone 6S and newer, the 2017 iPad or newer, and the iPad Pro. The AR storybook Wonder’s Land Ringmaster Wanted comes pre-loaded with the app at no additional cost. Individual stories, including Willowcrest Manor, are available for $4.99.
Feature Image Credit: WITHIN