Night Terrors Turns your House into a Haunted Horror Game

If you ever wanted to experience being a star in a horror movie, augmented reality technology is catching up to help. Night Terrors turns your own house into an interactive map with scary ghosts by using a smartphone.

With lights off in a dark house, Night Terrors uses complicated metrics to synthesize multiple features of a phone (currently just iPhones) to render images and create a map of the place. Using the phone being the only light source, the camera and microphone feeds analysis data in real time. The game then begins to understand where the walls, floors, and ceilings are, which is very important to the placement of ghosts. These work together with the phone’s GPS, accelerometer, and gyroscope to create a horror experience.


As the player walks around his or her place, looking through the phone, they will need to save a little girl while avoiding the ghosts and demons that begin to appear. The apparitions aren’t rendered in full 3D, which would put a lot of strain on the smartphone. Instead, they’re done with more traditional, movie-like methods using dolls, models, and lighting.

The Missouri-based Novum Analytics started an Indiegogo campaign to fund the development of Night Terrors. The first reward tier, for $5, awards a special “thank you” in addition to a copy of the game. At this stage, it will be compatible for iPhone 5 models or newer. Android device compatibility is said to follow iOS, then Windows Phones.

Check out their campaign page and the trailer above for a more detailed explanation of the technology at work. Let us know in the comments if you would play Night Terrors.

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