There’s been a lot of attempts at interactive toys in the video game industry from THQ’s uDraw tablet to toys to life through the likes of Skylanders, Disney Infinity, and Starlink. Now, Bandai Namco has announced its own line of interactive toys and have taken it a step further through the product line Tori. The Tori product looks to include a board, a creative kit which includes spacecraft and creative book, a wand, app, powerbar, and stickers. These all combine to allow players to create things and pop them into a game world where they can be part of the scene. Bandai Namco has stated that the only limit is the imagination.
The video shows players being able to create spacecraft which are then scanned into a game, and players can pick up the spacecraft to control its flight path as it dodges obstacles in a game called Crystal Chase. The Tori board picks up the movement and its a tech that Bandai Namco has been working on for eight years. You’ll see in the trailer the board lighting up as it tracks the position of the spacecraft. That’s not the only thing though.
Players can draw things in the creative book, scan them with the app and they’ll appear. On top of that there are toys like a catapult (sorry trebuchet fans) which you place on the board. and use to knock down things within a game called Jungle Rescue. The wand is tracked in a similar fashion to be used in games like Supreme Builder, which is self explanatory, and a puzzle title called Shades of Light. More games are to be added at a later date to make use of all the toys. The games themselves can be used to develop skills like drawing for people too.
The Tori explorer kit is up for pre-order now and is currently priced at £149/$169, and it will be compatible with Android and iOS mobile devices.
Source: Tori official site