The Interactive Storytelling Plush Octopus

Fact Sheet

Title
OCTOBO
Developer
Thinker-Tinker
Location
Los Angeles, CA
Release Date
Coming Soon
Price
Coming Soon
Platforms
iOS
Android
Web
http://www.playoctobo.com
Twitter
@playoctobo
Contact
hello@playoctobo.com

Description

OCTOBO is a reactive plush octopus toy that comes with a storybook. As parents and children read the book together, they discover what OCTOBO wants, give him things they find in the book, interact with OCTOBO, and see him respond to them.

He has a tablet display on his head and soft sensors throughout his body.

History

OCTOBO's creator, Yuting Su, is a maker, designer, and producer of games and new media. She feels a strong affinity toward tangible products and innovative combinations of different media forms. OCTOBO began as her MFA thesis project at the University of Southern California's Interactive Media and Games program. In a world where children are turning away from physical toys in favor of unfeeling screens, she hopes OCTOBO can introduce a new kind of seamless digital/physical hybrid gameplay that brings back the joy of tangible play.

OCTOBO has been selected for alt.ctrl.GDC 2016, IndieCade Showcase @ E3 2016, and Indie Prize Showcase | USA 2016. The OCTOBO team is starting to look for interested partner companies for manufacturing, marketing, and distribution, and is planning a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign.

Features

Credits

Yuting Su
Team Lead, Creative Director, Producer
Julian Ceipek
Game Designer, Tech Director
Xian Lu
Game Designer, Multimedia Designer
Jacques Brautbar
Composer
Nami Melumed
Composer
Liwen Lin
Illustrator
Justin Bortnick
Writer
Vivian Lin
Crafting consultent
Ryan Bartley
Voice actor

Video

Pictures

Icons and Logos

Appearances

Quotes

“…a swarm of octopodes [will] make their way into toy stores around the world”

Katherine Cross, Gamasutra

“…direct interaction [with Octobo…] might have the greatest potential for a true emotional and empathetic experience”

csb, Stanford Game Design Thinking Research Group

“…a smart way to combine tech with old-school storytelling, and the design really is incredibly cute”

Devin Coldewey, TechCrunch

“It's super adorable!”

Jessica Conditt, Engadget

“…to physically play with and hug a stuffed animal, and have it react to [you] is incredible”

Daniel Starkey, Zam

“Octobo made a splash at the IndieCade Showcase @ E3 event this week”

Apple Insider

“…just seeing the concept in action put a smile on my face”

Ryan Gartman, What They Call Games

“a new approach to interactive toys”

Liana Kerzner, CGMagazine

Other Mentions

Contact

Special Thanks

Richard Lemarchand, Marientina Gotsis, Martin Sanders, Alex Fleetwood, Diana Hughes, Casey Astorino, Martzi Campos, Stacy Shi, Stephaine Anderson, University of Southern California Interactive Media and Games Division