Sunday, October 30, 2016

Halloween Treat: 폰령 ("Phone Ghost"), an augmented reality webcomic

"Phone Ghost" webcomic

Naver Comics has an interesting scary offering just in time for Halloween (well it came out a few days ago, but I'm just getting around to this) It's an Augmented Reality (AR) webtoon, that, after reading the comic, gives your phone's camera the ability to see ghosts. It's called 폰령 ("Phone Ghost").

폰령 webtoon promo. Image: ETnews

After reading through the story about a kid who spots a ghost on their phone, your own phone will then be able to "sense" the presence of a ghost. So you hold it up and look around with its camera, which will overlay with the ghostly AR if you find it correctly. But the appearance of the ghost depends on the phone's gyroscope, so you need to hold the phone at the right angle to see it.

Honestly I hate this kind of thing and I will never watch another horror-themed webtoon again after I nearly crapped my pants reading the Bongcheondong Ghost web comic awhile back. But I encourage you all to give it a try and let me know how it goes for you.

Here's an official teaser trailer for it.

If you want to cheat, you can see an example walk-through here. Additionally, there will be three 'episodes' of this, the last one coming today (Oct. 30).

Find it at the official Naver Comics site: 폰령 :: 네이버 만화

Line Webtoons' "Horror Zone"

Unfortunately, "Phone Ghost" doesn't look to have an English version, but Naver's international-focused webtoon site, Line Webtoons, has a special "Horror Zone" to enjoy some scary comics by Korean authors (and others) in English. Although I'm not a real webtoon sort of guy, I like the design and standards of the site. You can read the comics in the app, or just online, and can even subscribe to your particular favorite comics via RSS.

Line Webtoon Horror Zone

Lotte World's "Horror Halloween"

Finally, today's your last chance to visit Lotte World's special "HORROR HALLOWEEN: Zombie Island" event. If you're familiar with Universal Studio's "Halloween Horror Nights" then you'll know what to expect. Workers dressed as zombies attacking you, etc. If you're interested, check these English-language posts on it:

An official promotion page for it looks terrifying. But I do like the cute creepy food items shown in this tweet:

Happy Halloween.

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