This is not some catchy line, but a fact. GEMJI, which managed to collect the necessary backing on Kickstarter in only 20 hours, is much more than a simple multifunctional game.
Written by: Márk Szolomayer
The best way to describe the GEMJI is by calling it a game system. We could say what we see is a deck of cards, but it’s much more than that. We can assemble the cards with the help of magnets, thus we can build practically anything out of GEMJI, with our creativity being the only limit.
It can be a chessboard, a tower, a maze or a model – making it clear that GEMJI is not a game, but a basic structure necessary for all games. Owing to this versatility, the deck can offer endless entertainment to all audiences and age groups. The youngest players can use it to create mazes, but it can also be of use in a professional design studio, for building 3D models.
Of course one can also use it for more traditional games, such as chess to draughts, jenga, go, mahjong or backgammon. If all these become boring after some time, players can also devise their own games.
Every GEMJI comes with seventy dual-colored magnetic tiles, and a booklet with more than thirty ideas, including GEMJI’s custom developed games. If all this wasn’t enough, we also get an application allowing us to browse amongst additional games.
Even though it might seem simple, GEMJI actually contains many things. It is very easy to carry due to its compact character, while also being extremely versatile and offering countless ways of use. Its magnetic construction ensures that our pieces never get lost, while also allowing the users to play with GEMJI anywhere.
GEMJI’s best feature, however, might still be the sound it gives when two tiles click together. It is not only enjoyable from an audio point of view, but also comes with important functions: the tactility of the cards and the click also involve visually impaired people into the experiences. We could go and on about the wonderful features of the product, but I will leave designer Margarit (Mark) Ralev to it in the video below.
Source: Yanko Design