Getting Started

Device Requirements:

To play Vanishing Leaves you must have an iOS device (iPod, iPad, iPhone) with GPS functionality and cellular service. If you manage cellular usage on an individual app basis, make certain ARIS is given permission to use cellular data.

Headphones: Headphones will help you enjoy the game’s audio elements. You will not need to have your headphones on throughout the experience however, only when you see the audio player.

How to get the Game

1. Download the ARIS App

Download the free ARIS (Augmented Reality Interactive Storytelling) mobile app from Apple’s App Store onto your device. Use the search term “ARIS Mobile” and look for the back triangle logo.
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Link to App Store

ARIS was developed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For more information on this project (or to build your own game!), visit

2. Create an ARIS Account

Open the ARIS app and select “create an account.”  Choose an ARIS ID (username) and a password, and then enter the email address you wish to associate with your account. Once completed, the app will prompt you to take a user photo. Although it is not required, this photo is used throughout Vanishing Leaves as your character image and, therefore, we recommend you give a big smile! You can always change this account image through the main ARIS menu located at the top left corner of the app interface.

3. Turn on Location Services

Once downloaded, you will need to give ARIS permission to utilize your device’s location services. If you are not prompted for this permission automatically, you can grant it manually at the following location on your mobile device: Settings > Privacy > Location Services > ARIS. Select the“While Using the App” permission setting. 

Note: Mapping applications can deplete mobile device’s battery life, so make sure to charge your device fully before beginning game play! 

4. Provide ARIS access your camera and photos

When prompted, allow ARIS access to your camera and photos. These will be used during gameplay.

5. Load Vanishing Leaves

On the ARIS home screen, use the search icon at the bottom of the interface to search for “Vanishing Leaves.” After locating the game, simply click on the icon for the game and then select “New Game” at the bottom of the screen. If you ever close ARIS or lose connectivity, simply open the app again; you will have the option to either “reset” and start again, or “resume,” which allows you to continue play from where you left off.  

Can’t get to Brooklyn Heights? Search for “Vanishing Leaves: Play at Home” instead. 

ARIS Mobile in the app store
ARIS Game Selection Screen