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Well yes it is really isn't it? DIGI/POKE!!! not alot of difference in the evolving and the digivolving!!, but it works!, my little girl loves it and watches both of the "mon" cartoons happily, I personally would say that Digimon is more of a boys cartoon than a girls just because it appears a bit darker and has more dark backgrounds and loud music (that's not to say girls won't like it but i think it's more aimed at boys) and even down to the toy packaging, whereas your poke of the mon variety is more floaty and neutral and i would say aimed at both boys and girls. I do like Digimon it makes me laugh sometimes how theese kids get stuck in places like the bottom of the sea and then it's ok because a little dulux dog with tusks will save them from the 60 foot sea monster waiting for them. But from a kids angle (and lets face it it's not meant for us oap's)<====joke! If my daughter is anything to go off then it's a hit, she looks forward to it everyday and is a proud owner of the movie (the first one as no doubt they are preparing about 100 more), and she has watched it more times than any of her others, and she likes to make me join her for at least 10 mins of a day to go "digicrazy". The one thing I would like to say though, and this may just be me!, but alot of the characters look the same!!! but do on close inspection have different names!, perhaps they too are confused after spending too much time in the digiworld!!, but as a whole yes another cute Japaniese cartoon marketed till it's dry!, but what can we mere parents do when our children are DIGICRAZY?????
If you're not aware of Digimon (your kids probably are) then it's best summed up as a somewhat darker version of Pokemon. One of ths key gadgets is a Digivice, and this toy is designed to look like one. Basically it's another form of cyber pet, although thankfully it does not need looking after. You choose to play as one character and then walk this character (by shaking the Digivice) across the landscape fighting various enemies. The graphics and the gameplay are very basic and the shaking creates a rattling noise that can be distracting. However, the toy has kept my eight year old quiet for long periods of time. He found it easy to use and seems very happy with it. It has certainly given far more entertainment value than a cyber pet, and mums and dads do not get lumbered with it either. The batteries gave out after about one and a half months of fairly heavy usage. Not bad I suppose, but I expected them to last longer. All in all, a surprise hit, though probably only for fans of the show.
This is similar to a cyber pet, but you can choose which Digimon you want to have out of eight. It comes in different colours and is supposed to look like the Digivices that the Digi-destined have on Digimon. You have to 'walk' your Digimon, and battle evil Digimon when you come across them. When you have cleared a level of evil Digimon, then you go to the next level. You can also gain or lose distance traveled by playing different games within the Digivice. My eight year old found it fun and could operate all of the different function and games. My five year old found it a bit too difficult (although he had to have one when his brother got one!) and kept on getting me to walk it and give it medical when he lost battles. Two Digivices can be attached to each other for your Digimon to battle someone else's. We had fun with these for about two weeks, then the batteries ran out! The batteries that they take are small round ones and cost £1.49 each. Each Digivice takes two batteries, so if these only last two weeks as well, then that means that they cost £1.49 a week to run (unless you can manage to find cheaper batteries - I am still looking), which is a lot of money.
Electronic toy with music, lights, etc.