We just caught a private sneak peek of a forthcoming card and mobile app line that may be the future of gaming.
Nukotoys is focused singularly on the interconnection and merging of digital and physical game play. While not publicly available until mid 2012, what we saw promises to revolutionize current standards.
In the first example, which is a preview of an app being launched for Animal Planet, users can buy and collect animal cards and then simply tap them against the screen of their iOS devices to launch the “Wildlands” view. In the Wildlands view, animals spring to life and interact as they would in their natural habitat. Using the iOS accelerometer along with two thumb controls on the screen, users can make the animals move and see their point of view.
A couple other features we thought were amazing were the facts that you can have multiple animals inside the Wildlands and switch between them. And then there are other elements that users can interact with including weather or making a volcano in the landscape erupt.
For kids ages three to ten, this is the most amazing interactive experience they could ask for. The physical trading cards are a huge bonus.
Next up we saw a demo of an action packed app called Monsterology. This is a tactical turn based strategy game that again merges physical trading cards with a mystical digital app world.
Players can compete either against the app or connect and play against online competition. By scanning the cards right on the screen of the app, or cashing in virtual cards, players enhance their chances of victory.
This demonstration included some amazing game mechanics and creates a virtual world to interact in like nothing we’ve ever seen before. We can’t wait to see more.