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The Infinity Game Table is set to change the market, bringing back wholesome family fun by giving classic board games a modern new look. Digitalizing past favorites into a new touch-screen format is simple and effective and has a tonne of benefits too. You no longer have any pieces to set up and no chance of ruining a game set by losing a piece either. Gone are the days of shuffling, and you won’t have to argue over who plays the banker either! 

Just gather the family around and dive in. And the family doesn’t have to be in the same home. Infinity Game Table owners can play with each other online.

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Although the product is still in its early prototype stages, the potential with it is massive. It will be capable of playing just about any game that Arcade1Up can get the rights to. The company is already well-known for its previously established, vintage-style arcade cabinets but have since moved on to digitally recreating some of the world’s most popular tabletop games. They already have some of Hasbro’s most famous options secured.

Despite not being ready for the market just yet, some lucky individuals have had the chance to give it a whirl in its current state. Bridget Carey was one of them and she dished her opinions in a recent exclusive for cnet. The team at CES 2021 offered her the opportunity to play its 24-inch screen prototype for a few days. 

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The Infinity Game Table had a successful Kickstarter campaign and gained more than $1 million from its supporters. The company will ship first copies to early supporters by March, and the retail price starts at $600 — pretty much the cost of a new high-end iPad.

Bridget got a kick out of how quickly she could jump into a game of ‘Monopoly’ and see the tokens hop around the digital board. It really brings the game to life with sirens wailing when you are sent to jail. These little elements give the game a fun new angle and could persuade people who can’t find the fun in a traditional board game to join in. The Game of Life has a realistic ‘tick, tick, tick’ as the wheel spins.

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Playing Monopoly on the Infinity Game Table. Image credit: kickstarter.com

Of course, some games have to be digitally translated, changing a few aspects here and there. Pop-o-Matic ‘Trouble’ has life-like popping sounds but as you are only touching an image, the table is afforded with haptic-like vibrations. You can feel the entire tabletop rumble each time you pop one and the animations for the pegs are great flying wildly across the screen. ‘Operation’ has become more of a maze-like affair in place of the fiddly tweezers you have to drag your finger and stay within the confines of the lines. The table vibrates if you make contact with the maze edges and the patient’s heart starts to race, making it as unnerving as the real thing. 

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The actual table looks like this. Image credit: kickstarter.com

The company is having to get creative with solutions for some of the titles. Not all of them translate to the new touch-screen medium as others. Bridget remarked that ‘tapping a hippo’s bum’ wasn’t quite as much fun as giving a real ‘Hungry Hippo’s’ a slam. Though something did feel missing, especially with the games for younger players which generally are a little sillier. In fact, digital games offer a bunch of new ways to play board games. What is most important, you can save your result whenever you want and pick it up later.

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More board games are coming for the Infinity Game Table. Image credit: kickstarter.com

Arcade 1Up is also developing games with other manufacturers and providers. They are already working on Pandemic and Ticket to Ride and the Infinity Game Table has an armada of classic card games and staples such as chess and checkers built-in. Arcade1Up wants to open it up to developers to build new game concepts. Will a game’s board transform the way you play? Or interact with how a player touches the board? 

The prospects of the new gaming device are pretty limitless. As of yet, the total outcome of the tech’s future evolution remains anybody’s guess. But people will play in completely new ways whether it’s sat face to face or remotely. The possibilities with the Infinity Game Table are pretty exciting.

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