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GameChanger merges traditional board games with the iPad

GameChanger merges traditional...
GameChanger mixed old and new for family gaming on the iPad
GameChanger mixed old and new for family gaming on the iPad
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Identity Games has introduced the GameChanger interactive electronic board for iPad
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Identity Games has introduced the GameChanger interactive electronic board for iPad
GameChanger is a gaming-tailored iPad dock, in the form of an electronic board with 48 pressure-sensitive fields and four pieces
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GameChanger is a gaming-tailored iPad dock, in the form of an electronic board with 48 pressure-sensitive fields and four pieces
GameChanger is offered with two sets of skins allowing to play a couple of games: Animal Mania and a special version of Magic Schoolbus
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GameChanger is offered with two sets of skins allowing to play a couple of games: Animal Mania and a special version of Magic Schoolbus
GameChanger comes with four multi-game playing pieces, while the rest of in-game accessories are displayed on the screen
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GameChanger comes with four multi-game playing pieces, while the rest of in-game accessories are displayed on the screen
GameChanger is offered with two sets of skins
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GameChanger is offered with two sets of skins
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GameChanger skins
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GameChanger mixed old and new for family gaming on the iPad
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GameChanger mixed old and new for family gaming on the iPad
GameChanger mixed old and new for family gaming on the iPad
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GameChanger mixed old and new for family gaming on the iPad
Compatible with iPad and iPad 2, the board is available for purchase via Toys"R"Us, Apple Store and Amazon.com, priced at US$79.95
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Compatible with iPad and iPad 2, the board is available for purchase via Toys"R"Us, Apple Store and Amazon.com, priced at US$79.95
GameChanger
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GameChanger comes with 48 pressure sensitive fields
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GameChanger comes with 48 pressure sensitive fields
GameChanger for iPad
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GameChanger for iPad
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While the iPad is basically a device intended for use by one person at a time, the tablet has also proved suitable for multiplayer apps. In some cases, however, its 9.7-inch display is certainly too small to replace a larger, traditional game board and besides, many users prefer playing with physical pieces on a physical board. Dutch-based company Identity Games is seeking the middle ground with GameChanger - an interactive electronic board that merges the old and the new to bring family gaming to the iPad.

To start the game, the iPad needs to be placed inside the GameChanger's cradle which connects it to the board. Players then place the appropriate game skins on the board and run a corresponding application on the iPad. Utilizing 48 pressure-sensitive fields on the board, iPad's screen changes according to what happens during the game. There are four multi-game playing pieces that interact with the game, while everything else is displayed on the screen.

At the moment, GameChanger is offered with two games: Animal Mania and Magic Schoolbus. It's suitable for two to four players of ages six and up and both games combine entertainment and education aspects according to Identity.

GameChanger comes with four multi-game playing pieces, while the rest of in-game accessories are displayed on the screen
GameChanger comes with four multi-game playing pieces, while the rest of in-game accessories are displayed on the screen

GameChanger's dimensions, 25 x 11 x 1 in (63.5 x 28 x 2.5 cm), should be sufficient for a comfortable family gaming. Compatible with iPad and iPad 2, the board is available for purchase via Apple Store and Amazon.com at a price of US$79.95.

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2 comments
Gregg Eshelman
It\'s an evolution of the \"Master Strategy Series\" Phillips/Magnavox had for their Videopac G7000 / Odyssey^2 game console in the 80\'s.
The three games in the series were The Quest for the Rings, Conquest of the World and The Great Wall Street Fortune Hunt. A fourth game, Sherlock Holmes, was completed but never released.
I bet Identity Games thought they\'d come up with something new.
Pks29733steel
A $699.00 I-Pad, a $79.95 device to play \'board\' games. That $778.95 to \'play\' A board game. For $778.95 I could CLEAR OUT a toy stores game department. Plus I won\'t be paying for a new battery to be installed into the tablet computer.