In the game «Galaxy Invaders VR» latest virtual reality (VR) technology meets retro games. The mixed-reality game is displayed on a huge conventional screen. Below, a «Hero» player is wearing a virtual reality headset and is running back and forth to avoid the attacking Invaders from above.

The audience on site and at home can connect with the game through galaxy-invaders.ch and decides on appearing power-ups and menaces through quick votings. Additionally, the audience in from of the stage can control the «Invaders» individually and change the course of play directly.

Samsung «Galaxy Invaders VR» took place Friday, March 11, 2016 at Zurich main station.

Realisation

The project «Galaxy Invaders VR» has been developed from scratch by Gbanga, Millform Inc. for Samsung Electronics Switzerland in collaboration with Equipe (formerly known as Serranetga). The development was especially interesting because of cutting edge technology such as virtual reality and 3-dimensional worlds. Further, our existing in-house MMO server-framework became handy to meet all real-time requirements.

Quick Facts

  • Virtual reality game (VR game)
  • Game genre: action, arcade, multiplayer
  • Game sessions: about 90 secounds
  • 3D world in 8-bit style
  • Virtual reality for Samsung Gear VR
  • For Android

Awards

Technology used

  • App: Unity 3D, Android
  • Server: Java, C++, Wildfly, Ngnix
  • Website: HTML5, jQuery, Angular
  • Locating: C++, Visual object tracking

Game rules

The game «Galaxy Invaders» is based on the arcade classic Space Invaders. The game is shown on a huge display at Zurich main station.

The player called Hero controls the laser cannon by walking back and forth on stage. With a controller, the player can trigger laser cannon shoots to defend themselves from the approaching Invaders.

Power-ups appear at the sky so that the Hero player can shoot in order to collect them. Power-ups include different modes that highlight Samsung Galaxy S7 features:

  • Super Charge strengthens Hero shots,
  • Water Proof turns Invader shots to liquid and
  • Low Light obfuscates the Invader’s sight.

The audience and people from all over the world can log in to the event website and remotely participate in the game by voting for power-ups and power-downs that should appear next in the game world. Power-downs are:

  • Shields Up builds up force fields around invaders,
  • Time Warp increases the game speed and
  • during Doom’s Day, Invader shots star following the Hero

Visitors in front of the stage control individual Invaders on their phones by logging in with their Facebook accounts.

Film

Artwork

Galaxy Invaders, characters

Galaxy Invaders, characters

Galaxy Invaders, sky box

Galaxy Invaders, sky box

Galaxy Invaders, background

Galaxy Invaders, background

Galaxy Invaders modes

Galaxy Invaders modes

Screenshots

Samsung Galaxy Invaders VR by Gbanga