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Video: Alton Towers releases preview for The Smiler: The Game

The Smiler game

Alton Towers has released a video preview of The Smiler: The Game, the mobile app based on the park's new roller coaster that is due to be released in the next few days.

The game, which will be available for iPhone, iPod, iPad and Android devices, will include a full 3D simulation of the ride itself. It will enable guests to take a virtual ride on the coaster, which was originally due to open in March but will now make its debut in May. However, it is not clear if it will reveal that secretive "world's first" element that Alton Towers claims will form part of The Smiler experience.

The video, embedded below, includes footage of the game in action. 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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