Is interactive gameplay the future? Nowadays, more and more toy manufacturers are producing gaming systems that incorporate tangible toys that go hand in hand with digital gaming software, requiring physical engagement from the player.
What’s so great about this trend is that it requires players to be more present in their physical space. Players must toggle physical objects, as opposed to just toggling the screen to manipulate the game’s elements in a digital interface. It can engage and encourage creative thinking and motor skills in a fun, interactive way so it’s hardly surprising that this type of technology is trending among gaming systems targeted towards young children.
One of the latest gaming systems that use this combination of toys and digital apps in gameplay is the Osmo Gaming System.
This gaming system comes with a base that places an iPad on an upright position and a reflector that attaches to the iPad’s camera. The reflector uses reflective artificial intelligence to detect objects set on a flat surface in front of the iPad. It comes with three apps that you can download for free on the app store and three sets of game pieces that are made of wood. More details on the different games below.
A Tangram consists of 7 puzzle pieces that can form different shapes. The object of the game is to match the shape that shows up on the iPad screen. It may sound simple, but the puzzles get more difficult as you move forward in the game.
This game explores gravity and its objective is to make falling balls on the screen reach their target zone. You can use different types of objects around the house or draw on a piece of paper to create lines or even use your hands to make the balls reach their goal.
The game is about guessing a hidden word, using the letter pieces, through hints shown on the screen. It’s a fun game for children as it encourages quick thinking and cooperation or even friendly competition!
The Osmo Gaming System can be acquired for 40% off if you pre-order it online. The next batch of pre-ordered sets will be distributed by October 2014.