We’re loving this new twist that has come to iPad games: In the past, we could only play tablet games using simulated pieces displayed on the tablet’s screen. Now that may be fun, but to be honest, it felt rather half-baked to play billiards with just a dragged arrow, Monopoly with electronic tokens, and air hockey with virtual paddles and pucks, right? We thought so.
Luckily for us, Pressman Toys, a toy company that has been in the business of fun for 90 years now, also thought there has to be a better way to play these games on our iPads. So they’ve launched iPieces, which lets us play iPad game apps such as Air Hockey, Snakes and Ladders, and the like with real pucks, paddles, game board tokens, and other paraphernalia.
The concept is simple: iPieces are small board game pieces that work on the iPad. Instead of us just using our fingertips to tap on or swipe across the screen to play a game, we can use iPieces instead.
These tokens, paddles, etc. conduct the electricity between our fingers and the screen; our iPads can’t tell the difference – but we can. Sure, it may seem to make little difference when we replace virtual tokens with real ones, but it difference is palpable (pun intended) when we try to catch electronic fish with an actual, dangling toy fish hook rather than just tapping with our fingers.
There are currently four games available for iPieces: Air Hockey, Fishing, and dice-based board games Game of Goose and Snakes & Ladders. The game apps are provided with the board game pieces.
One of the games set to be released in the future is a pool game, played with tiny cue sticks. Yes, we’re looking forward to that one.
The games still take advantage of the iPad, as snakes slither, fish splash, and geese fly in the game. Now that’s something the traditional game board never gave us.
Each game costs $13.00. iPieces are being distributed to toy stores such as Toys R Us.
Image credits: Pressmantoy.com