Israel-based startup Akibabus has launched BoxiTale, a new game that combines digital and offline play patterns.
The game’s story-based experience is streamed on a tablet or smartphone while players follow along to build and design challenges on a traditional tabletop board game. Once the players’ design is ready, they can upload a photo of the board into the BoxiTale app, where it will be reflected in the rest of the story.
Current BoxiTale stories include Knights of Nature and Elite Explorers (both available for US$39), as well as Mini Stories (US$20). Additional stories are available through in-app purchases, with new ones set to launch in 2019.
Aimed at kids ages seven and up, BoxiTale is designed to improve cognitive skills, hand-eye coordination and creative thinking. In addition to being sold on Amazon, the product is available for global retail distribution through Publishers Services (PSI).
The launch comes as companies continue to take advantage of growth in the gaming sector with high-tech takes on tabletop board games. Hasbro, for one, recently partnered with Oculus to create virtual reality experiences based on its classic board games like Boggle, Trivial Pursuit and Monopoly.