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HoloGrid: Monster Battle brings turn-based tactics to life on HoloLens

If you've ever found yourself watching the HoloChess scene from Star Wars and hankering to play it yourself, a new game for HoloLens might satisfy that urge. Described as a mix of chess, board games, and card games, HoloGrid: Monster Battle leverages HoloLens' mixed reality prowess to bring the game to life.

In HoloGrid: Monster Battle, you strategically do battle with monsters on a virtual board. The gameplay itself is intended to work like a Hearthstone battle, but on a chess board.

Leveraging the HoloLens platform's core mixed reality technologies: spatial mapping and spatial sound, gaze tracking, gesture input, and voice control; the HoloLens version of HoloGrid: Monster Battle "reads' the player's environment, and then allows them to place and scale the board and characters into the real world accurately.

The game has already been available as an AR and VR game on other platforms, but HoloLens represents "the purest vision yet" for the game, says Mike Levine, founder of publisher Happy Giant. And based on footage available from the mobile version of the game, which uses physical cards to bring AR monsters to life, it looks pretty impressive already.

HoloLens is still very much a developer product, so the audience for the game is pretty small right now. But if you happen to have your hands on one of the headsets, you can pick up HoloGrid: Monster Battle from the Windows Store for $4.99.

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Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the Editor in Chief for Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl. Got a hot tip? Send it to

  • This is a commercial application. How many commercial devices have you sold?
  • Yesterday you asked why create windows phones without developing apps.
  • tomorrow he will say that Office 365 is pointless without giving it free to everyone.
  • What are you saying is a commpercial application. The Hololens is certainly not just a commercial device, and the app being shown is obviously not either. Your question is also pointless. You are directing at someone, yet no one is around to answer it.
  • It'll take time for developers to develop for HoloLens. It's not gonna take weeks but months or years to do it right. The ecosystem needs a head start so the headset can flourish.
  • This is awesome
  • Just be sure to let any Wookie opponents win.
  • No MRC footage. Too bad. Wanna see it through MRC
  • Where can i buy one(The Hololens)?
  • From Microsoft website
  • Now I want the Star Wars chess game.
  • If Disney can make money off it, they will make one.  So don't be surprised...
  • people need to realize like (top comment guy) that developers using and creating on HoloLens is a good thing and for Microsoft and the future of AR/VR devices. nobody wants a doa device and HoloLens is far from doa.