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Alton Towers releases The Smiler: The Game ahead of new roller coaster's debut

The Smiler game

Alton Towers has officially released a new mobile game based on its under-construction The Smiler roller coaster, which is due to open in May 2013.

The Smiler: The Game includes a full 3D simulation of the ride itself, enabling guests to take a virtual spin on the coaster. It is available to download for free for iPhone, iPad and Android devices via the iTunes App Store and the Google Play store.

Players are challenged to take control of the coaster's trains, navigating their way around the track without veering off course. If they are successful, they are 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 employing augmented reality technology 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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