Identity Games is a company from the Netherlands that’s known for creating board game titles with DVD-based interactivity. This fall they’re set to release a new twist on this idea: the Living Game Board for iPad. The idea behind this is actually pretty brilliant. The game board itself is a sleeve for the iPad which connects it to sensors on the physical game boards that flank it. This allows the game to know where each of the players’ pieces are, among other things. In this way, the game is truly interactive with the associated app. The iPad will know if players move illegally, assign points and cards, and play media at the right times.
Today at Toy Fair Identity Games is showing off some of their prototype games for the platform. They took their popular DVD-based game, Wildlife, and translated it for the Living Game Board. From what I saw, the concept is pretty slick. And there are so many game possibilities. It also achieves that nice blend between gaming on the iPad and gaming with friends or family. Games will be for 2 – 4 players, and everyone will have to gather around the iPad instead of going off into isolation.
The board we saw is not the final, so there may be some adjustments to the look and style. But the crew from Identity Games has been assured that their current design will fit the iPad 2, once such a thing comes into existence.
We won’t see the Living Game Board until around September of this year in both Europe and America, and it’ll probably cost around $80 and come with two games. New games (without the case/board) will likely cost $5 – $10 each. And the apps will be free with purchase, of course.
Check out the video below for a demo of the Living Game Board: