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Archaeologists think that since as early as 3000 BC, board games have been a constant, reliable, analog, low-tech form of entertainment. But even after all those years of proven success, they look to be next up for a change via the iPad. Game Changer for one is a system that can ease old-schoolers into the digital age. You plug the iPad into this dock and then it becomes the center of the game but the entire contest isn't played just on the screen.
Walter Reeskamp of Identity Games said, “We have some of the action on the iPad but especially for the young
kids we have action off the iPad on the sides in an interactive way so the pieces are registered on the sides and with the game skins we can change it into different game boards.
The games are loaded up as apps, swap out the boards for the appropriate app, and each time a piece is moved or a token is earned on the sides that all registers on the iPad. The Game Changer set, which comes with six games, is available now for the iPad for $60.
And this is the duo Plink. You plop the Plink down on its outline on the iPad and then fire up one of several Plink enabled trivia-type games. Then up to four players choose answers to questions by placing their color stone over whichever side lines up with their answer, the Plink then rotates and swallows up whichever stones are on the correct answer. The object of all the games, to be the first to lose all your stones.
Kyle Kappmeier, of Discovery Bay Games said, “On the bottom of the Duo Plink there's a little sensor which when the iPad makes a selection that'll send a visual blink and the Duo Plink recognizes that and tells it to turn left or right.
The Duo Plink, which is also only for iPads at the moment, is also out now for around $30. Right now there are five games at the app store, they range from free to $1.99.