You might have come across anaglyph 3D images in books or on TV. It’s a common stereoscopic 3D effect achieved by encoding each eye’s image using different colours, typically red and cyan (or green and magenta). Each eye is seeing the same picture with a slightly different perspective, and the brain combines those two views to create a picture that feels truly 3D.
If you have some red/cyan glasses lying around (if not, they’re extremely cheap to purchase), there are a few cool Android apps using that technology and the result is surprisingly impressive given how simple the effect is. As always on Papidroid, we’re only presenting apps that are available on alternative app stores besides Google Play.
Remember to crank up the brightness of your screen to the maximum to make up for the darkening effect of the 3D glasses.
- Crash Course 3D (DFC Games)
This game is obviously very inspired by Super Stardust on PS3 but in our opinion is also one of the best game ever on Android, anaglyph or not. At its heart it’s a pure shoot’em up, except you move at the surface of a tiny spherical planet to destroy aliens. The graphics are great, but with the 3D option activated, they look spectacular. Smooth animation helps keep the game feel very responsive even when swamped with enemies. Requires Android 2.2 or higher.
- Make it 3D (Photo3d.apps)
Here’s a small tool that lets you take 3D photos without the need for a 3D camera. Instead, you take 2 pictures with a slightly different camera angle and blend them. It’s very well done and a lot of fun to play with. Requires Android 2.1 or higher.
- 3D Glasses Red Cyan Test Game (G6 Game)
This one is a simple 3D toy where you throw boxes and balls around. It looks great and is a great way to dabble with anaglyph 3D but it won’t keep you engaged for very long. Too bad the author didn’t add a bit of gameplay. Requires Android 2.0.1 or higher.
Download 3D Glasses Red Cyan Test Game on SlideME
- Spincells (BytesInARow)
Spincells is a small puzzle game that plays a bit like a 3D game of Reversi or Othello. It can be played by one or two players, or even two computers. Graphics are a bit coarse but the 3D stereoscopic effect is a nice touch considering the game is actually played in 3 dimensions. Requires Android 2.1 or higher.
Download Spincells on SlideME. There’s also a full version available for less than 1 USD.
- Comet Catcher 3D (BlackCheetah)
Here’s great neo-retro looking arcade game that plays a bit like Snake on steroids in the sense that you control a reptile-like creature that has to absorb stars to grow, while avoiding your opponents. The graphics (and the gameplay) are a bit on the messy side but the game looks really cool in 3D. Requires Android 2.2 or higher.
Download Comet Catcher 3D on Mobango.
Alternatively, you can find some very good 3D anaglyph stereoscopic content on Youtube, like the following music clip, Letter to the Winter by Berniceya (Bernice Chitiul):
If you enjoy 3D and want something a bit more palatable, you might want to check Google Cardboard which offers much better visuals and a much more immersive experience at a very low cost.