A Research Project on Hybrid Experiences


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ImageiPieces is a series of games for the iPad, such as Snakes & Ladders and Fishing, which, instead of touch commands, uses physical pieces to facilitate play. iPad acts as a digital game board that recognizes the pieces on the board and interacts with them.

iPieces are felt-bottomed game tokens that interact with the retro-style games available in the iPieces app series for the iPad. Four sets are available: Snakes & Ladders, Air Hockey, Game of Goose, and Fishing. The Fishing game comes with little rods that you press down on the iPad screen, and then grab the fish and pull them into your little buckets on the screen, while watching for the stork that tries to steal you collection of fish. In Snakes and Ladders users get four pieces which can be placed on the board and two little bridges that can be used as ladders. Players flick a virtual dice on the iPad, and when they land on a ladder square the ladder piece lets the player to see where she can jump to. Landing on a snake turns it alive; the player has to move back down the board. Game of Goose, too, uses virtual dice and features special animations, such as jail gates closing down and a goose flying across the screen, that either send the player back to start or move her up in the game.


Author: Heikki Tyni

Heikki Tyni is a researcher at Tampere University Game Research Lab. His work concentrates on the game industry, and specifically on game production studies.

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