434839Aside from the Parrot AR.Drone quadricopter, we haven't come across much noteworthy in the world of iPhone gaming at CES-- Everyone is far too busy looking at tablet computers being shown and speculating as to which is likely going to be the closest to Apple's tablet. That doesn't mean people at CES aren't playing iPhone games.

The developers behind Gunman [App Store], a camera-based shooter game, are currently running a contest encouraging people to get involved in Gunman battles at CES-- And if the Twitter activity is any indication, quite a few people are. While this contest is largely irrelevant to those of us who aren't at CES, one great thing came out of it: Gunman is free for the duration of the convention.

Gunman makes use of the iPhone's camera to create a real-world multiplayer game similar to laser tag. By connecting to a WiFi network, players join a game then "shoot" each other by taking photos using the phone's camera. If you're running the latest iPhone OS, you can even zoom in as if you were using a sniper scope. Each player is tracked by the color of their shirt, and in my testing of the game I found the color recognition to be shockingly good.

The game comes with a few caveats of course. Large multiplayer games require WiFi, everyone must be wearing a different color shirt, and needless to say, until an iPod touch with a camera materializes you need an iPhone to play. Still, if you can round up a few friends all willing to wear different colored shirts that have iPhones in an area blanketed by WiFi, and don't mind people wondering what in the world you're doing running around pretending to shoot people with your phone, Gunman looks to be a lot of fun.

App Store Link: Gunman, Free (For a limited time.)

  • Will

    Couldn't you just "shoot" something that's the same color as your friend's shirt?

    • Uhh

      I suppose you could, but you will likely have trouble finding people to play with after your first game of just getting 99 kills by taking photos of a red piece of paper. That's kind of like saying "Couldn't I just take all the money from the bank when no one is looking in Monopoly instead of actually playing the game?"

      • Will

        But you might miss your friend and hit something of the same color, with the hit still registering.

      • Adams Immersive

        Splash damage :)

  • Will

    Couldn't you just "shoot" something that's the same color as your friend's shirt?

    • Uhh

      I suppose you could, but you will likely have trouble finding people to play with after your first game of just getting 99 kills by taking photos of a red piece of paper. That's kind of like saying "Couldn't I just take all the money from the bank when no one is looking in Monopoly instead of actually playing the game?"

      • Will

        But you might miss your friend and hit something of the same color, with the hit still registering.

      • Adams Immersive

        Splash damage :)

  • Druid

    nah, it looks stupid.

  • Druid

    nah, it looks stupid.

  • Mtran0708

    Again one of those great ideas that just doesn't make the cut. It will pick up anything as a shot. Until further improvement, not really worthy. But still get it while it's free...

  • Mtran0708

    Again one of those great ideas that just doesn't make the cut. It will pick up anything as a shot. Until further improvement, not really worthy. But still get it while it's free...

  • Dennis

    When you shoot, the app takes a "snapshot" to catch cheaters when you review your shots after the game :) pretty clever IMO.. too bad i have an iPod Touch.

  • Dennis

    When you shoot, the app takes a "snapshot" to catch cheaters when you review your shots after the game :) pretty clever IMO.. too bad i have an iPod Touch.

  • bravetarget

    i lold

  • bravetarget

    i lold

  • Albert

    Meh it's free. Might as well download now until I can get myself an iPhone.

  • Albert

    Meh it's free. Might as well download now until I can get myself an iPhone.

  • Anonymous

    I thought the trailer, though low-budget, was amusing. Not downloading this app, though...

  • Anonymous

    I thought the trailer, though low-budget, was amusing. Not downloading this app, though...

  • Adams Immersive

    FWIW, One-on-One mode you can play (er, test) on your own with no other device needed. It simple keeps a score of hits/misses.

    And in my testing, it works surprisingly well on my 3G (no need for a 3GS). I aimed at a bunch of red items, some in heavy shadow, others in bright light, and they all registered successfully as hits. I aimed at a reddish-orange cup, trying to fool it, but it knew it wasn’t red and registered a miss. So far so good!

    Lazer Tag was fun back in the day—so this could be too. If you can round up some people.

  • Adams Immersive

    FWIW, One-on-One mode you can play (er, test) on your own with no other device needed. It simple keeps a score of hits/misses.

    And in my testing, it works surprisingly well on my 3G (no need for a 3GS). I aimed at a bunch of red items, some in heavy shadow, others in bright light, and they all registered successfully as hits. I aimed at a reddish-orange cup, trying to fool it, but it knew it wasn’t red and registered a miss. So far so good!

    Lazer Tag was fun back in the day—so this could be too. If you can round up some people.

  • http://riffraters.com Sean

    looks pretty cool

    Check out Riff Raters in the iphone app store

  • http://riffraters.com Sean

    looks pretty cool

    Check out Riff Raters in the iphone app store

  • WiseWeasel

    Wow, this game is awesome! The only problem is you've gotta be on a WiFi network. This app needs support for multiplayer over 3G stat!

  • WiseWeasel

    Wow, this game is awesome! The only problem is you've gotta be on a WiFi network. This app needs support for multiplayer over 3G stat!

  • James

    Only WiFi? No thanks. WiFi is not secure.

    • Zach

      Haha, WTF?

  • James

    Only WiFi? No thanks. WiFi is not secure.

    • Zach

      Haha, WTF?

  • Corey

    HOW COULD THEY SHOW THAT VID!!!

    Did you see all the blood? And he kept shooting and shooting, ohh the humanity...XD

  • Corey

    HOW COULD THEY SHOW THAT VID!!!

    Did you see all the blood? And he kept shooting and shooting, ohh the humanity...XD

  • wateracid

    Why does everyone keep saying this game needs wifi . U dont nd any internet connection to play this! Just enter promode and u can with as much ppl as u want. Btw this game rox!

  • wateracid

    Why does everyone keep saying this game needs wifi . U dont nd any internet connection to play this! Just enter promode and u can with as much ppl as u want. Btw this game rox!

  • Bruce

    I just wonder what happens when a trigger-happy cop walks by and see's a bunch of grown men running around shooting each other...

    • Adams Immersive

      This game uses an iPhone.

      • LS650

        Uh yeah, that was my point. I can see a trigger-happy, not-too-bright cop watching from a distance and thinking someone is having a battle with real guns...

  • Bruce

    I just wonder what happens when a trigger-happy cop walks by and see's a bunch of grown men running around shooting each other...

    • Adams Immersive

      This game uses an iPhone.

      • LS650

        Uh yeah, that was my point. I can see a trigger-happy, not-too-bright cop watching from a distance and thinking someone is having a battle with real guns...

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