Alton Towers has revealed that it will launch a mobile game based on the park's new roller coaster, The Smiler, in February 2013.
The game, which will be released for iPhone, iPod, iPad and Android devices, will include a full 3D simulation of the ride itself. This is likely to reveal the secretive "world's first element" that the park has hitherto kept under wraps, some three months ahead of The Smiler's opening date in May.
Players will be challenged to take control of the coaster's trains, navigating their way around the track without veering off course. If they are successful, they will be rewarded with points that can be used to purchase "track upgrades".
Guests will also be able to unlock hidden content when visiting the park itself, with Alton Towers promising that augmented reality technology will be used to provide access to additional images, video and upgrades.
The Smiler, which had previously been known by its codename of "SW7", is currently under construction at a cost of some £18 million. Its circuit will feature at least 8 inversions and 2 lift hills, and will be located alongside the existing Oblivion roller coaster in the X-Sector area.
The plot and theming of The Smiler is designed to tie in with The Sanctuary, the horror maze that debuted at the Scarefest 2012 Halloween events. To compensate for the absence of The Smiler in March and April, the park has confirmed that it will bring back the maze for the start of the new season.
For more details of Alton Towers' new addition for 2013, see Theme Park Tourist's detailed breakdown of The Smiler plans.
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