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The Book Of Alien: Augmented Reality Survival Manual Review


“The Book Of Alien: Augmented Reality Survival Manual” is a treat for fans of the “Alien” franchise.

Here’s something different from the norm. It’s a movie tie-in book that has sections in which you can use a free downloadable app. The app allows readers/viewers to scan pages with certain icons which will allow the person to access AR videos (which are basically film clips) or interactive AR experiences (there are 7 in total). The AR experiences show images displayed over real surfaces such as your ceiling, room, and so on.

As for the rest of the book, author Owen Williams essentially pays tribute to the 6 films in the franchise by creating a survival guide/destroying alien guide. Among the content you can expect to see in this book are sketches by “David,” briefings about “past missions” (ie the plots of the film and the characters in them), details about ships and weapons, profiles on the various types of aliens, character quotes, tactics on how to react in certain scenarios, info about the U.S. Colonial Marine Corps. And the Weyland-Yutani Corp., and photos from the films.

Going into this book, I was curious as to how the technological application would work with it. For the most part, the book is primarily comprised of written content and photos, but there are sections in which you can use the app. While the ability to play clips is nice, it’s nothing revelatory. The AR experiences, on the other hand, are a fun bonus (especially on a tablet device). Even if it’s gimmicky and a bit goofy, there’s something downright fun about seeing an alien egg in your lap or wherever you have the book located. Of course, there are other AR experiences than just that, but I’m not here to spoil what else is within these pages.

In terms of the written content, it’s all pretty standard stuff. If you’ve seen all of the films, you’re probably quite familiar with everything in this ongoing sci-fi/horror series. Naturally, there are tidbits and factoids that will be new to people, but for the most part, it’s just a reminder of what we have seen.

Overall Thoughts: If you’re a fan of the “Alien” franchise, this book is well worth checking out if for no other reason than to experience the joyous AR moments.

February 2, 2018 - Posted by | Book review | , , , ,

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