Wonderbook: Book of Spells was a real head-scratcher when it debuted at E3 2012. Sony spent a lot of time demoing this augmented reality game that uses PlayStation Move and the PlayStation Eye to bring storybooks to life. Many of us saw Wonderbook as being something for kids that wouldn’t sell well. Since I was able to buy this game for only $17.99 at Best Buy, I decided to give it a shot and see if Wonderbook: Book of Spells could entertain me as a grown man.
The video below is a picture-in-picture view of me trying out Wonderbook. There are some moments when this game managed to confuse me for longer than I’d care to show publicly, but it’s all in good fun. You’ll see me casting spells, interacting with a story in a pop-up book and being generally impressed with what Wonderbook manages to do.
I get the impression this games can be pretty neat for kids. It works well, the narration is good and augmented reality has yet to wear out its welcome. The real challenge is letting the people know something like this exists and convincing them to buy it.