Tag Archives: electronic games

Conductive Ink: A New Paradigm for Interactive Board Games

Israel’s Kipee makes electrically conductive ink and other technology to transmit information between a physical board game and a TV screen. This eliminates the intermediary step of traditional DVD games that require you to skip around using the DVD remote control when instructed to do so by the game. Iceland’s SagaMedia , who recently produced a successful word game …

Dora the Explorer Games

Dora and Diego are popular characters in two animated shows; Diego is a spin-off from Dora. Note that certain Dora and Diego toys were part of a Mattel product recall for lead paint, but none of the games were affected. Dora the Explorer Memory . Another version . And another . Dora the Explorer Bean Toss Dora the Explorer ABC Game : Match letters to objects to earn…

Second Look—Crosswords / Downwords

I’ll keep this pretty short tonight, because I pretty much explained the entire game in my first post . At first I wasn’t too impressed. The graphics are OK, and it was good enough for a quick 5 minute game or so. Then I came back to it. Then again. Then again. You see, I can’t stop playing the game. If I’ve …

September Board and Card Game Patents

Proposition wagering card game – A design patent: Electronic table top board game – From Pierre Jolicoeur. Some kind of unicycle-rider tabletop dexterity game. Board game – By Adrian Moore. Actually a toy, you tilt the board until the ball rolls out of the center and then use the front or rear guards and a flipping motion to return the ball to the center. Supposedly you should …

Game News and Pimping Roundup

Mattel is hit with another toy recall affecting over 11 millions of toys. ( info , source ) Hasbro pimped family game night last night to little media coverage. Hasbro partners with Fox Look to distribute some of its new game shows. ( source ) Hideyuki Sakai pulls off an upset victory to win the prestigious Gosei tournament (one of the top seven Japanese tournaments for the game of Go). …

Scrabble for the Kindle

Scrabble is not simply the first board game for the Kindle (that’s Kindle, not Ipad), it’s the first premium (i.e. for money) app for the device, period. ( source )

R2 D2 Trouble

R2 – D2 (Is In) Trouble Game . ‘Nuf said.

Game and Chess News Roundup

The Adiran Daily Telegram pimps Scrabble Flash . ( source ) The Detroit News pimps Puppy-Opoly and other kids games. ( source ) BBC pimps Subbuteo . ( source ) Chess The 2010 Chess Olympiad is underway in Siberia. 2500 year-old “Chess” pieces found in China. ( source ) Finding pieces is rarer than finding boards. The Boston Globe covers the competition for…

Stereo Backgammon 4200 by Deuce

Deuce is well-known as a crafter of luxury games, including Backgammon, Chess, Dominoes, and game tables. New for 2011 is a luxury tabletop electronic game: Stereo Backgammon 4200. Made of aluminum and multi-touch sensitive glass, the game includes physical pieces in a tuck-away drawer. I think you can play with virtual pieces as well; leastwise, the dice and doubling cube are simulated with a hand swipe …

Crosswords / Downwords

Crosswords / Downwords is an iPhone puzzle game created by Lee Borkman. The object of the game is simple. Rearrange the 9 letters so that you create 3 words going across, and 3 words going down. The game has over 600 puzzles, the ability to hint, and the option to “cheat” once your hints have been exhausted. You can adjust the difficulty to 4 different settings, and each…

Crosswords / Downwords

Crosswords / Downwords is an iPhone puzzle game created by Lee Borkman. The object of the game is simple. Rearrange the 9 letters so that you create 3 words going across, and 3 words going down. The game has over 600 puzzles, the ability to hint, and the option to “cheat” once your hints have been exhausted. You can adjust the difficulty to 4 different settings, and each puzzle may…

Small World or SmallWorlds, What’s the Difference?

UK’s Sun has a front page article about a woman who neglected her children and let her dogs starve to death while she obsessed over an online virtual reality game. The woman has been banned from the internet and from owning pets, and given a suspended sentence and community work. So far so good. The problem is that the game named by the Sun is Small World from…

Incremental Game Changes Through Brand Leveraging

What’s considered safe in the board game industry by Hasbro? Releasing a game that plays nearly identically to a previously popular game, and using the popularity of the previous game to sell the new one. The thing is, the games often have new mechanics, some of which actually improve the game. It’s just nice to have a well known brand name …

Buzz It!

Buzz It! is a repackaging of an old party game. You have a few seconds to come up with a word in a category. If you can’t, it’s the next player’s turn. If you can’t you lose a point and a new category is chosen. Lather rinse repeat. What makes this game special? It has an electronic buzzer doodad…

August Board and Card Game Patents

As a reminder, I don’t include card shufflers, sorters, dealers, or trackers, nor lotto or gambling machines, nor electronic-only games unless I find something of particular interest. System and method for providing online SMS games – Gaming by SMS, including presenting a list of games. Method for controlling an intensity of an infrared source used to detect objects adjacent to an…

Articulate Your Life

Articulate Your Life is the latest incarnation of the hit game Articulate from Drummond Park. It has a new electronic timer (which gives you a random amount of time) and new categories: Getting Away Social Life Sporting Life Home Life Entertainment Working Life I can’t seem to find it available anywhere.

LED Tabletop Version of Conway’s Game of Life

Evil Mad Scientist has put together a wicked cool tabletop touch-screen demonstration of Conway’s Game of Life (which is not actually a game, but whatever). Applications to actual games are obvious. Read about it at the link and at source. ( source )

SCVNGR Game Dynamics Playdeck

SCVNGR is a location-based mobile service that bills itself as “a game about doing challenges at places.” As the company builds new games for new locations, it encourages its employees to use a deck of cards with game mechanics for inspiration. The 47 cards in the Game Dynamics Playdeck include such concepts as “extinction,” “rolling physical goods,” and “variable …

(i)Pawn Uses Playing Pieces on iPhone

It looks like just a concept right now, but if it becomes a reality, that would be awesome for board games on the iPhone. (i)Pawn seems to use different voltage cell-sized batteies to distinguish different playing pieces on the iPhone (I’m guessing iPad too.) Volumique is working on the app, and has some videos of it in motion …

Ex illis and The Archangels

Ex illis from Bastion Studios offers fantasy miniatures war gaming with an online component. The software (which works on a PC, Mac, or iPhone/iPod) tracks each unit’s attributes, lets players know what tactical options are available on their turns, and executes the calculations necessary to resolve combat. It seems that Bastion’s approach was to develop a highly detailed and complex rules system, but couple…