20 questions.....it is a palm sized game that tries to guess the word you are thinking. It will ask you questions (20 of them) you answer 'Yes' 'No' 'Sometimes' or 'Unknown' and it will work out your item/thing. 99% of the time it will guess your word. Even if you don't know the answers to the questions and answer unknown, somehow it still knows, because of this it is infuriating. It also has a bit of an attitude; it gets a little bit big headed towards the end of guessing. I feel like saying it got it wrong just to stop it gloating.
Although it can get a little tedious after a while, when you find it at the bottom of a drawer or toy box you instantly forget the times you have played and failed, and still think you can beat it. You can use this on your own or as a group, trying to test the theory that two heads (or more) are better than one.
Once it gets to 20 questions, if it hasnt guessed your word, it will give you the option of carrying on to try and guess. Technically it has now lost, but if it guesses after its 20 tries, it still gloats that it beat you. I got a little annoyed at the cheek of this. I haven't had to replace the batteries in it yet and it hasn't broken yet either. Being a ball shape, it is quite tempting to throw it but I am not sure how it would cope with that. It isn't in a bad condition though. I bought mine (its red) from Toymaster for £5 which I think is a reasonable price. There are a few colours that they come in, I even noticed a purple one (I have hinted for this one, even though we have one already).
~*~*~ Mattel 20Q Version 3.0 ~*~*~
~ What is it? ~
The 20Q is a little electronic ball with a small screen, it attemps to read your mind and tell you the object that your were thinking of in twenty questions or less.
~ My Thoughts ~
We have a few of these knocking around the house as my children always seem to ask for them in the run up to Christmas, we have this one, a Harry Potter one and a Simpsons one, I am sure over the years we have had many more too!
They always irritate me as I would so love for it to be wrong but it just never is!
On the front of the ball is a small screen where the words scroll across, under this is four buttons which is how you answer the questions the buttons are -
* Unknow - Use this when you are not sure of the answer.
Under that you will see two small buttons, one for sound and one is a reset button inbetween these is a button which allows you to Undo the previous answer.
The way this works is you think of something, an object, a person, anything really, and then the ball will give you a series of questions to answer.
It will ask for instance ' Is it a person? ' etc... You then have to use the buttons to give your answers.
At various points ' I'm thinking ' or ' I can read your mind ' etc.. will travel across the screen and then another question will come along.
You can even try and trick it but it somehow knows and will counteract your answer with another similar question that will usually still end up with the ball being correct.
It's a tad on the slow side as the questions slowly scroll along the screen so it can get annoying, my impaitent 11yr old often gives up but my 9yr old loves them.
I have picked the last few up quite cheaply in discount type stores usually for under a fiver, checking online I have seen this on Amazon priced at £9.99.
Thanks for reading :o) x
My son saw this in Tesco and just had to have it, priced at just over a tenner he used his pocket money. They're cheaper online, Amazon are selling them for £6 delivered free. This toy is made by Mattel, so it's good quality.
What is it? it's an electronic mind reading guessing game- you think of an item then 20 Q asks you questions such as animal or mineral to which you reply yes, no, sometimes or unknown. Your reply is answered by pressing the relevant buttons on the front, there is also an undo button to change your answer. If 20 Q can't guess correctly within 20 questions you're the winner. The questions are displayed on a small easy to read screen. It is tennis ball sized making it easy to store and comes in several colours- ours is blue. The game requires 2xAAA batteries (which are included) but we've only had to change them once, they last ages and are simple to replace.
It amazes me how often it gets it right, only sometimes giving a random answer. We've tried to trick it with things like 'ghost' but it actually guessed that correctly. My son can play with this on his own or can harass the rest of us with it, which he does. It's a handy size to take out with him, for example in the car. Him and his cousin play with it loads, they spend ages trying to think up crazy things- it often guesses resulting in them being spooked, us adults are sometimes enthralled by it too!. His cousin has since bought one himself.
I think it's a good quality toy and it still works, the plastic isn't scuffed it still looks new and the buttons aren't broken. I would recommend this as a novelty toy.
About the size of a tennis ball this little computerised ball packs the brain power of all of your worst enemies at twenty questions when you were a child, a times you will feel as though you are ten again and going up against the older siblings as the guessing capability of this machine will leave you searching your brain for the most obscure things in the universe to try to defeat it, can it be done? Yes, it can, but it will not give in straight away, we have had it up to twenty four questions at it stubbornly tries to outwit you and then it grudgingly gives way to its defeat.
The kids will love it though and it gets them to use not only their imaginations and what they have learned about objects around them and will even have them asking you questions as the machine asks such stumpers as 'is it man made?' , 'is it made of ?? glass - metal- ?' and ' can you wear it? ', which actually prompted a debate in my house about animal products (don't ask).
It has a robust design, having been dropped a number of times at my house and it's still going, with a small rectangular viewing screen which is backlit where the machine will ask its questions, four buttons give you the option of yes, no, sometimes, unknown and the fifth button is undo. There is also a sound and rest button on the front but it's hard to reset as it's set further back. It is easy to operate at any age and it will provide hours of fun at home or on the move.
It is well worth the money and everyone will love to try to prove they are smarter than the little ball with the big brain.
My daughters have one these toys and it is really great fun.
I've found it works really well when you are in a group and it certainly passes the time in a fun way during a journey or a get together.
Kids will love this toy as it seemingly and magically is able to read someone's mind in twenty questions.
Even adults will think its clever, evening knowing that is uses a series of questions to keep on narrowing down the possible answers depending on your 'yes', 'no', 'unknown' or 'sometimes' answers from a large database of 'things', people or objects it has stored in its memory. you can also 'undo' if you answer incorrectly or want to change your mind.
The 20Q is round and about 3 inches wide with a little LCD screen and buttons (see the photo). It will fit in a pocket so is portable, has a back light for the screen to play in low light.
So, if you want an idea of how this works, I have the 20Q with me as I write this review and will go through the game.
So, let's choose something for it to guess.
I'll choose a 'pencil' this time.
It asks if I am ready - Yes!
Question 1 - Is it an animal? - No.
Is it a vegetable? - No.
Is it a mineral? - No
Other? - Yes
Question 2 - Does it have buttons? - No
Question 3 - Do you use it at work? - Yes
Question 4 - Is it colourful? - Sometimes
Question 5 - Can it bend without breaking? - No
Question 6 - Does it come in a box? - Sometimes
Question 7 - Is it shiny? - Sometimes
Question 8 - Does it contain a liquid? - No
Question 9 - Is it something you bring along? - Sometimes
Question 10 - Is it flat? - No
Question 11 - Do you hold it when you use it? - Yes
Question 12 - Is it made of metal? - No
Question 13 - Is it found on a desk? - Yes
Question 14 - Is it straight? - Yes
Question 15 - Is it black? - Sometimes
Question 16 - Would you give it as a gift? - Sometimes
Question 17 - Does it come in a pack? - Sometimes
Question 18 - Does it open? - No
Question 19 - Do you use it at night? - Sometimes
Question 20 - Is it made of plastic? - No
... So then it thinks, and gives you your answer...
" Is it a pencil lead?"...
Well, close enough. But not exactly right. I was thinking of a wooden pencil really, but I suppose I could have answered slightly differently if taking into account a plastic or metal pencil with pencil leads inside etc.
I'm sure if I repeated the process and answered slightly differently in some of my answers it would have guesses correctly.
Overall, it does get things right more often than it doesn't and kids will enjoy asking others to think of something and controlling the 20Q. It's a fun toy as long as you are willing to play along with it and accept it's not really a mind reader!
This is a great little game that all the family can play and i think you'll find it is a very clever little thing guessing what you were thinking of after 20 questions.Great for travelling, easy to carry, backlight for the dark, and only need batteries to keep it going, batteries last a long time in it.Overall a great little item thats good for all ages.
Got given this a present recently, and was presently surprised. It is is a very simple product, where basically you think of an object, and then it ask's you a series off questions, in the style of the classic game, 20 questions. Your aim is not to guess the item, but to beat the machine. I was skeptical early on, and tried to defeat it with basic things such as apple or tree. Soon i found it was more than capable of guessing these items, and way before 20 questions. I soon found that the machine was incredibly hard to beat, and was able to defeat me even when i was thought of nothing. One problem is the machine is obviously programmed by an American, and therefore contains some Americanism's and terms you don't quite understand if your lucky enough to live on the right side of the pond. Secondly the trick used, is similar to one by mind readers. The toy regularly gives vague answers, therefore giving an impression its more accurate than it is. It is still good fun for a few hours, but the novelty may well wear off.