Get Physical with iPad

The iPad presents exciting opportunities for digital board games, but consequentially it can eliminate the joys of grabbing physical objects, knocking over game pieces when you lose, and so on. That’s why I like the idea of Duo, a physical toy with iPad integration.

Yoomi is an iPad game which, when combined with the Duo hardware, offers a unique tabletop gaming experience. It looks like a fun combination of software and hardware, and it’s something we haven’t seen before as it requires no dock connector link. Here’s how it works.

Yoomi is a simple guessing game for three or four players. Each player receives a pile of colored chips, and the Duo is placed on the iPad’s screen. The game begins when the iPad displays two pictures. One player selects a picture in secret, as the Duo hides their fingers, and the remaining players try to guess his/her choice by placing a chip on the Duo near the corresponding image.

Once all bets have been placed, the correct picture is revealed and the Duo deposits the winning chips into the bank all on its own, using what we suspect is dark magic — and batteries. The player who loses all of his/her chips first wins and receives the pot.

Best of all, no reading is required so even the youngest members of the family can play.