German theme park brings giant rollercoaster into your living room


Augmented Reality: German theme park brings giant rollercoaster into your living room

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Before the giant Voltron Nevera rollercoaster opens at Europa-Park, you can take a closer look at it at home in an AR experience based on Nikola Tesla.

FACTS

Digital agency Curious Company has teamed up with German theme park Europa-Park to create an interactive Augmented Reality experience for smartphones. The goal is to bring the park’s upcoming attraction, the “Voltron Nevera powered by Rimac” roller coaster, into your living room.

To make the AR experience as realistic as possible, the developers have recreated the entire roller coaster in great detail on a two-meter-long digital experiment table. The “Voltron ChARge” AR experience takes you on an adventure based on the energy experiments of inventor Nikola Tesla.

In the story, Tesla is on the verge of completing his greatest experiment, but is being followed and must get it to safety. You teleport Tesla’s work into your home and must complete it under time pressure before his pursuers find him.

You do this by opening digital valves, connecting electrical contacts, and moving around the room to complete various tasks. The AR experience is integrated into the Europa-Park & Rulantica app. You can find the download link at the end of this article.

CONTEXT

Gigantic roller coaster with a Tesla theme

With more than six million visitors in 2022, Europa-Park is the largest theme park in Germany and the most visited seasonal theme park in the world. The 4,500 feet (1,371.6 m) long roller coaster “Voltron Nevera powered by Rimac”, inspired by the inventions of Nikola Tesla, will open in a few months.

This is not the first time the theme park has invested in immersive experiences. Since the summer of 2022, visitors to Europa-Park have been able to enjoy the VR experience “Amber Blake: Operation Dragonfly”. Two teams of three compete against each other to capture the gangster boss “Blue Dragon”. Equipped with VR headsets, haptic environments and full body tracking, the teams work their way through specially prepared rooms.

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