Young golfers can now transform their physical environment into a digital putting green, thanks to the same technology behind Niantic Pokemon Go. The PGA Jr. League unveiled today Safari Par-Tee, a new AR mobile gaming platform available on iOS and Android. Trigger – the developer behind the app – built it with Niantic’s Lightship Kit for AR apps. Players can use their smartphone to scan their physical surroundings in an interactive golf course.
Whereas Safari Par-Tee is aimed at young golfers (it even features some very cute animal avatars), its AR capabilities will likely make it a draw for parents and older family members. The game features a number of multiplayer options, allowing players to compete with other local players in real time or connect with specific players over WiFi. The game also allows players to hold joint scoring contests with multiple rounds and different clubs. For players new to golf, the game introduces them to the fundamentals of the game as well as the different styles of play. The game features three different courses, all with different obstacles and objectives.
Since the world of golf video games offers many adult-oriented options (such as PGA TOUR 2K21, Tiger Woods PGA Tour and the recently delayed EA Sports PGA Tour), free entry for kids seems like a refreshing change of pace. Safari Par-Tee is now available for download from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
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