jueves, septiembre 26, 2013 09:15:42

Review: Rory's Story Cubes Sparks Your Creativity, Is Great For Parents and Children

These days, we're bombarded with ready-made fiction: Just switch on your TV and stare at yet another story someone else created to entertain you. Well, it doesn't have to be this way. Every person has their own imagination. That's right: We can actually make stories up on our own! This is cool, whether you're a kid or a grown-up -- not to mention that it's a great way for parents to teach their kids.


Can you make up a story based on this sequence?

That said, coming up with a story from scratch can be hard, especially if your creativity is a bit rusty due to not using it for a while (happens to most of us, sadly). Rory's Story Cubs is one great way to start making up stories and free up your creativity.

Once Upon a Time...

Rory's Story Cubes is based on a simple concept: You get a bunch of dice, each with six different drawings. Throw the dice, and then arrange them to make up a story with whatever the pictures show. The drawings are schematic and open-ended, so you can make up your own meanings and contexts: For example, a clock could mean "midnight," but it could mean "endless, boring time" just the same. It's up to you to interpret the cubes.

The game ships with two "cube packs": Original, and Actions. Each pack contains nine cubes, totaling 54 actions in all. You can choose whether you want to play just with the original pack, just with the actions one, or with both. Finally, if you ever feel you need even more diversity to your stories, you can pony up for another pack.

A Lovely Adaptation of a Real-World Toy

Rory's Story Cubes exists as a real-world toy, too: There actually are physical cubes you can shake and throw. This app puts the cubes into your phone, and while it's quite skeumorphic, it works. The 3D animatoins that play as you throw the dice are realistic and satisfying, and it generally feels like you're playing with a bunch of cubes inside your phone.

Of course, with an app like this, the real magic happens outside the phone, in the real world. Used imaginatively, I can see Rory's Story Cubes making for a great bedtime children's story or just plain old quality time with kids.