Spellbound

Emerging pervasive games use sensors, graphics and networking technologies to provide immersive game experiences integrated with the real world. Existing pervasive games commonly rely on a device screen for providing game-related information, while overlooking opportunities to include new types of contextual interactions like jumping, a punching gesture, or even voice to be used as game inputs. Spellbound is a physical mobile team-based game that aims to nurture a spirit of togetherness. Spellbound takes advantage of the abovementioned opportunities and integrates real-world actions like jumping and spinning with a virtual game world. It also replaces touch-based input with voice interaction and provides glanceable and haptic feedback using custom hardware in the true spirit of social play characteristic of traditional children’s games. Spellbound is a form of digital outdoor gaming that anchors enjoyment on physical action, social interaction, and tangible feedback.

Expanding social mobile games beyond the device screen. Journal: Personal and Ubiquitous Computing 2015