ByCassie Benter, writer at
Breaker of Games, Mother of Bug Finding. Co-creator of AdventureJam. Twitter: @FenderBenter
Cassie Benter

It's not uncommon anymore to see young children playing on a tablet of some kind. While they are playing Candy Crush Saga, Cut the Rope, or Angry Birds, we are reminded of how we grew up with interactive board books, like The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

We don't see nearly as many board books these days, as the various apps and games on tablet devices have seemingly taken over. But what if I told you that there's an interactive story book for young children that combines the features of a tablet to make an inanimate object come to life? Say hello to OCTOBO, an adorable and expressive plush octopus that does just that.

Take a Look at How OCTOBO Works!

Yuting Su, the creator of OCTOBO, is hoping to introduce a new kind of digital/physical hybrid gameplay that will bring back the joy of tangible play. Using an iOS or Android based tablet, this gives OCTOBO an animated face, and really helps bring him to life.

You can physically interact with OCTOBO by shaking his hand, or hugging him, and then you will then immediately see him react to you. Similarly, you can use little cloth pieces found in the book and place them on a NFC reader he's holding. You can feed him various kinds of fish and watch his expressions to know which kind he enjoys the most.

Here we see OCTOBO react to his favorite fish.
Here we see OCTOBO react to his favorite fish.

Out of everything that I had the opportunity to see at E3 2016, this was one of my favorites. It's truly incredible to see how today's technology can be intertwined with the childhood memories we remember from when we were young.

The Final Details

The OCTOBO team is beginning to look for interested collaborators and publishers, and has plans for a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. OCTOBO currently does not have a release date or price, but will be available for both iOS and Android devices. There will be more stories available for OCTOBO on the app store. Be sure to follow their development on Twitter and Facebook.


Will you purchase OCTOBO?

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