How to put your dinosaurs in augmented reality in Jurassic World Alive

Image credit: Ludia (screenshot)
Image credit: Ludia (screenshot) /

One of the cooler parts of Jurassic World Alive is seeing your dinosaurs in the real world with you, so we tell you how to activate its augmented reality features.

Dinosaurs are cool, but as far as we know, the “let’s get their DNA and make new ones” conceit of the Jurassic Park and Jurassic World movies can’t work in real life. Jurassic World Alive, the free-to-play dinosaur creating and battling game from Ludia, offers the next best thing by giving you a chance to see the dinos you’ve collected interact with the world around you via the magic of augmented reality … but only if you know how.

Turns out it’s not as obvious as one might think. Unlike Pokemon GO, the game doesn’t have you hunting dinosaur DNA in AR, possibly because it uses a top-down view for the drone mini-game that wouldn’t make much sense if rendered in augmented reality.

However, you can view any dinosaur on your team or in your collection in AR. Here’s how:

  • Tap the ‘Collection’ icon in the game’s bottom navigation, the one that looks like the Jurassic World logo.
  • Tap on the dinosaur you’d like to view.
  • You’ll see a small ‘AR’ in a circle off to the right. Tap on that.
  • If you haven’t given the game permission to access the camera on your phone or tablet, you’ll have to do that now.
  • After a short initialization phase, you’ll see a command that says ‘tap screen to spawn creature.’ You can move your device around a bit until you find the right spot, then tap to place your dinosaur.
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  • Once placed, you can tap and drag the dino to move it around, or use pinch gestures to make it smaller or larger. There are also buttons at the bottom of the screen that allow you to capture a picture or video. Once you’re done, hit the left arrow to exit AR mode.
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That’s all there is to it. Obviously, the more dinosaurs you add to your Jurassic World Alive collection, the more you can see in AR, so get out there and acquire as many as possible. Good luck!