Android App Turns Camera into Call of Duty

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New Android App, CamGun, is by definition a killer camera app. It uses the camera view on your phone as the playfield in a first person shooter. With a full range of weapons, it is mildly disturbing while very entertaining. CamGun brings friends and family into the game, documenting shots as a photo on Facebook or other sharing programs.

CamGun is a fun way to use the camera on Android phones like a first person shooter - Call of Duty style. Mark Munsell, the developer says that users can "shoot their friends with an M4 rifle or a SPAS12 shotgun and post it on Facebook". The app also includes other weapons, such as dual wielding SOCOM M23s, a blue Star Wars Light Saber, a double bladed red light saber, a "grenade egg", an AK74u with tiger camo and a red dot sight, and a SR25 sniper rifle with a zoomed thermal scope, "ideal for headshots", Munsell adds. A crossbow, machine gun, and knife round out the arsenal.

The look and feel of this app is very much like a first person shooter in an augmented reality but is more of a photo app than an actual game. One plays by tapping the gun icon in the upper left corner, selecting the gun and it will appear on the screen in the same manner as a first person shooter. Then, tap the screen to fire, or tap the crosshairs icon to sight the gun. Cycling through all the weapons by tapping the gun icon again. Press the camera icon to take a photo of the shot. This app is simple which adds to the addiction of just cycling through the weapons, listening to the racking, and shooting whoever is near by.

CamGun also has optional settings for blood effects (in case Mom gets freaked out by blood), shooter name and target name to be included in the photo. It also records an optional GPS position for Geotagging. CamGun may be used as a tool for Humans VS Zombies or other assassin-like games. Using Foursquare or Google Latitude to find your target and document the shot makes it even more real. Photos are stored on the SD card root directory for future perusal.

Munsell, who runs the game development firm Black Ops Pops, says they keep adding more weapons to the game, and are looking to come out with variations of the theme in the near future. Look for them in the Android Market.

More info at and -- Works with Android 2.0 and up. A separate version exists for Android 1.5 and 1.6.


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