Hasbro has unveiled the new FURBY BOOM featuring twice the content of its predecessor and more digital play via a free app for mobile devices.
Using the free Furby Boom app owners can personalise, interact with, and care for their new furry friend. An interactive dashboard feature monitors the well being of your Furby including its happiness, hunger, and cleanliness levels. Each app can monitor wellness levels for multiple creatures at one time.
As owners engage with the app, their Furby friend will react. If the dashboard indicates that it’s time for a cleaning, users can access the app’s shower feature and watch as Furby Boom physically reacts to the ‘temperature’ of the water. The Furby Boom also features an enhanced memory function that will allow it to remember the other Furby Boom friends it encounters.
The personality of each Furby Boom is shaped by how you play with it, with the possibility of five brand new personalities to evolve. Owners can ‘get to know’ their new friend through all new LCD eye animations that express the ‘emotions’ of one of the new personalities.
As the kids play with and care for their Furby Boom they will earn colorful virtual eggs that in time will hatch and become a ‘Furbling’ virtual friend. Both owners and their Furby Boom can then feed, play and interact with the virtual Furbling creatures who speak both English and ‘Furbish’.
Kids will be able to collect over 50 eggs within the Furby Boom app and eventually build a Furby Boom city. Eggs can be earned through game play within the app and exchanges among other Furby Boom owners. Through game play, owners can also earn ‘Furbucks’ virtual currency which can be used to enhance their Furby Boom city.
Digital activity also includes “Furball,” a soccer style game where the Furby Boom and the Furbling virtual friend ‘kick’ a soccer ball back and forth on an onscreen ‘field.’
The free Furby Boom app will be available for download at the App Store and Google Play. However, the Furby Boom app is not required for play.
At launch Furby Boom will be available in six pattern combinations including waves, stripes and zigzag designs. Four additional patterns will be available later in the year. Furby Boom requires four “AA” batteries which are not included.
The new Furby Boom is recommended for ages 6 years and up and will be available in stores nationwide from 15th September 2013 (RRP $105.99) and will undoubtedly be one of the most sort after toys for Christmas 2013.