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Hasbro Bop It Extreme 2
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Hasbro Bop It Extreme 2
Date: 21/11/12, updated on 01/10/13 (61 review reads)
Advantages: Fun for most age groups.
Disadvantages: Expensive and 3 batteries requied
Play alone or with a whole load of people on the 'pass it on' mode. Everyone gets about a minute before the person next to you has a go. Get it wrong and they are out of the game whilst the others continue. It makes a dull party fun.
'Bop it!' is the opening exclamation which means get ready to look like you've gone crazy as you start pulling and pushing and yelling.
This can be played with either 'beat bop' or 'vox bop' mode. Even the names sound cool don't you think? The first option produces directions by the sounds of beats - pop, rock, Latin and R&B; and the second option, which is easier for the player, gives directions with voice commands. The accent is American and some players have reported it hard to distinguish some commands from others.
Under the commands of the machine the individual player must hit, twist, spin or flick it on the appropriate areas of the machine. It's comfortable to hold. The points add up but only if you are good with your prompt reactions. This game is fast, fast, fast and the music speeds up. It's quite annoying that it seems to delight in commenting on your failings. Get it wrong and the game is over and you have to start all over again with a fresh set of points.
The highest points available are two hundred and fifty. I've not managed it but I know a six-year-old who has. Just picture the grin on their face. It doesn't bore them though as they like to prove their talent again and again and laugh at everyone else struggling to keep up and get it right. It probably should have provision for a higher scoring system.
Bop It will probably have you slapping your thighs and hitting your head at your own mistakes whilst laughing hysterically. At least that's the experience we've had in our house.
No teenager, child or adult should be upset by opening a present and finding this inside. It's colourful, makes people laugh out loud and is quite addictive.
You can devise new rules or consequences for players so it is very adaptable to many kinds of characters and age groups. It's also hard not to intervene when someone else is playing and bop it for them.
The only problem I've discovered is with boring parents who are intolerant on the beats and voice instructions - poor long suffering children who are made to switch it off after only one go! This happened once in the back of the car. I was disappointed and I'm not the child. There is a slot for a headphone so purchase one of them too if you don't already own headphones. If you are one of those parents let me point out that this game is quite important in the development of concentration ability and dexterity skills so remember what you're denying them before you make them switch it off! (Okay, I can see that the car might not be the best gaming environment but don't ban pla for thre rest of the day too!).
This has to be robust for all the high speed and desperate bashing that it has to take. I do like old-fashioned toys more but it does make a good ice-breaker.
There are other versions that make it harder or simplify the game. There are also interesting sounding ones like smash, bounce and the download version where you can get hundreds of more points.
But this version costs £48.70 on Amazon and there's only a couple left in stock. I think that's very expensive. Also it needs three AA batteries which mean the price goes up and up. I'd suggest getting the original version although it has less on it but is still good fun and will set you back less.
Summary: Fast, furious fun but one star less for cost.
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