The story of Blobscape surrounds the wrongful imprisonment of the character Squish by the evil Blob King. The users' task is to break Squish out of jail and stop the evil Blob King from imprisoning others. Collect Squish and his friends, play and explore the inside of Blob King's tower.
Concepts were created from insights gained through initial research. A broad range of toy ideas were explored in search of a creative direction. At this point, an age group was selected but multiple categories were being explored.
After narrowing the design direction to an escape/puzzle style toy, more research and concept development occurred. Three concepts were developed, one is shown below. Similar to other puzzle games that use a marble, the character would need to be rounded to ensure smooth movement through the internal mechanisms.
Further Concept Development
Following input from both industry and educational advisors, the design was adjusted to be less linear. This way the game would be based more on both chance and skill to increase re-playability.
Once some of the details were worked out, the drawing took a back seat and model making began. Sketch models were created to learn how different components would fit within a given space. Additionally, a few play pattern changes were made to create a game with more mystery, similar to puzzle boxes found on the market today.
A final redesign incorporated the option to open up the toy and use it as a playset, similar to a doll house or a Hot Wheels garage. Additionally, the idea of collectable characters would allow for playset add-on packs with new characters. Future iterations of the toy may even have different playsets with new characters in each set.
**CAD work and illustration by Ray Daniel and Lewis Hui