Hasbro's new AR helmet puts you inside Iron Man's armor

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Why let Robert Downey Jr. have all the fun fighting Thanos when you can go one-on-one with the Infinity Stone-hunting galactic tyrant yourself? You then slip on a hand blaster covered in AR tags, and the Hero Vision software tracks where it is, rendering Iron Man's gauntlet over it. That's an opportunity offered by the Hero Vision Iron Man AR Experience, a new augmented-reality device from Hasbro and Marvel. There are 10 levels to play through, good for several hours of gameplay.

Retailing for $49.99 and powered by an app in the App Store and Google Play that can be downloaded to select devices, Hero Vision offers an experience that begins when you scatter circular markers over the floor of your superhero hideout of choice and lower ol' Shellhead's, uh, shellhead over your own noggin. It's an Iron Man helmet with a phone holder that lets you fight the forces of Thanos invading your living room. Turning my hand around raised an energy shield that protected me. Special items occasionally become available to offer special power-ups or other abilities, such as the titular Infinity Stones themselves.

Reviewer Kris Naudus says the game would be "a fairly generic shooter if it were just a phone game", but notes the magic comes when you're decked out in the Iron Man "armor".

A Yahoo Entertainment staffer looks less than super trying out Hero Vision.

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The release of the headset is in conjunction with the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War movie which is now slated for a release on the 25th of April, 2018.

Marvel Avengers: Infinity War Hero Vision Iron Man AR Experience (yes, the name's a mouthful) will land in Spring, ahead of the movie. Hasbro pointed out that a series of Infinity Stone tokens are coming, but did not discuss in what form except that they'll be compatible with this Iron Man-themed set.

The plastic headpiece doesn't quite operate like Stark's digital assistants, J.A.R.V.I.S. or F.R.I.D.A.Y., but instead is a "basic action game" partially inspired by Avengers: Infinity War.

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