Combiform Combinable Controllers Give Users Interactive, Face-to-Face Social Gaming Experience
By Mel Fabrikant Monday, November 12, 2012, 11:46 AM EST
Combiform announces the availability of new magnetic, combinable controllers on Kickstarter. The Combiform controllers give users the freedom to interact actively with other players rather than focusing on a TV or monitor while gaming. Unlike other controllers, Combiform’s patented technology encourages social interaction by physically combining up to four individual controllers to work as a team or sabotage an opponent. www.youtube.com/combiforminc
Each Combiform controller features a joystick, four programmable buttons, LED lights and rotating handle for different modes of game play. Combiform utilizes powerful, rare-earth magnets to physically combine the controllers during game play. The unique block design allows players to easily combine and separate during game play.
Combiform controllers can also double as traditional gaming controllers by connecting via Bluetooth to iOS and Android devices, Macs or PCs. The controllers can be used with Combiform-specific games like Blocky, Combiner, Blow-it Up and Switch or with traditional games. Combiform also operates on an open source platform which allows users to create their own games and applications.
The company is offering two Early Bird Specials. For $54 or more, the first 499 contributors will receive two controllers, two games and access to the SDK library. For $92 or more, the first 299 contributors will receive four controllers, three games of their choice and access to the SDK library. Larger contributions include:
• $99 or more – CORE package – full set of four Combiform controllers, two games of choice and SDK library for developing games
• $3,500 or more – Inventor’s Touch – Two iconic working prototypes, alpha 0.5, hand-crafted by inventor of Combiform with backer’s name engraved. Also includes CORE package and a lifetime of free games and lifetime warranty.
• $7,500 or more – Be the Boss – Combiform team will work with backer to create own mini game and will be credited as Lead Designer on the game. Includes two CORE packages with lifetime of free games and lifetime warranty.
Combiform controllers will begin shipping July 2013.
For more information on Combiform, visit Kickstarter, “like” us on Facebook.com/Combiform and follow @Comiform.
Combiform is a very unique project in a sense that it is not merely promoting new forms of interactions using novel technologies. The project is endorsing a movement - an emergent change that is happening in the game design community. Combiform takes advantages of its unique hardware design to further this new perspective of digital game, a perspective that use old form of rules to create new types of play. http://www.combiformgame.com/