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We bought this for my 3 year old son, in the hope that it would keep him interested for longer than 5 mins. (he doesn't play with his toys for very long) We wanted something that would be both educational and fun and this defiantly fitted the bill. The price is very reasonable (about £40) and included is the console and one wireless motion controller (many of these come in packs with a game which are great value). A word of warning though, it takes batteries and doesn't come supplied with an ac adapter. We found that we were replacing the batteries every 2 days so bought the adapter which has saved us a fortune. The console itself it very durable and has survived numerous knocks and even been thrown around with no damage whatsoever. Inside there's even a section to store the games cartridges under the lid, which makes it easy for little hands to choose their own games. There are lots of games available which makes this even more appealing and they are directly aimed at the younger child. My son has learned colours, numbers and the basic A,B,C's from using his V Smile and it keeps him entertained for hours. I've watched him go from needing help with everything to being able to play the games on his own in a matter of months and he's even able to solve puzzles aimed at a older group. The games are simple to play and gives you the option of choosing to use the controller in motion or joystick mode, you can even set the level from easy to hard as your child gets used to it. The games all follow a similar format with a story game with different levels and a few shorter games. Overall I would recommend this to anyone, as its by far my sons favourite toy.
Would recommend this to anyone.It states from 3yrs plus, but my son had this when he was 2yrs old, and he could play it, it's simple and easy to use.Also very durable, son's dropped it a few times and still works perfectly.There are also loads of games for it for different age groups.
After reading a mixture of reviews from various sites i was undecided as to whether to purchase this item or not. But i was in a toy shop when it seemed to be staring at me so i took the plunge and bought it for my three year old son. I paid £40 for it complete with one game Thomas the tank engine - Engines working together. My son loves anything to do with Thomas so I thought i was on to a winner!
The console is aimed at ages 3-7 years and is described as the next generation pre-school learning console. The controller is wireless which is at least one good point to this. It is also described as being compatable with an extensive library of learning games that teach age appropriate curriculum. Sounds very educational doesn't it?
After the initial set up of this console, which is very easy and comes with clear instructions, we were both quite excited to play the game. Here came the huge dissapointment - the graphics are soooooooooo bad. It's like going back in time to the first nintendo computer. I expected so much more than this.
The game itself is quite simple. There are five different options to choose from - Learning adventure, Learning zone, sing along, engine depot, and options.
The educational curriculum games are found in the learning adventure section where you have a choice of four games to play.
CALLING ALL ENGINES: Move around the track to find the letters which make up the engines name. eg - you might be looking for mavis so you have to find each letter in her name whilst avoiding objects that are thrown on to the track. (logs etc)
FLYING TO THE RESCUE: You are Harold the helicopter sent on rescue missions. You have to fly to the position shown on the map which is located at the top left hand side of the screen.
CARGO CATCH UP: Again you are Harold the helicopter and you have to drop coloured cargo into a moving engine. (quite a good game)
BERTIE BEATS THE CLOCK: You are Bertie the bus escorting school children to the stations. You have to drive along the road avoiding obstacles.
The learning zone has more games including a recycle challange where you have to decide where each item on the recycling conveyer belt goes. (a very simple game) Another game count the engines - simply count how many engines go past.
Sing along section - you have a choice of two songs to sing along to. (boring - why do i need a computer to sing?)
Engine Depot - this tells you a little about some of the engines.
I have looked for other games to buy but have been disapointed with the selection for my son's age group.
Overall, my son does like the console but more because he feels grown up having his own computer rather than the game itself. Had the graphics of been a lot better it would probably be much better. I have given this a two star rating because some of the games are good for little ones.
I bought this for my little boy last birthday, (March 2010)
I saw the adverts on the TV and thought it would be a toddler version of the Wii but cheaper and easier to use etc... well it is all those things, but he at 4 years old is not at all interested in it, he plays it from time to time, but he just doesn't get the concept and I end up having to do it for him... I wonder for a family who play games and are "into" gaming more than we are, perhaps it might be a fun and educational toy, but for us... this is far from the case, it causes arguments and frustration.
The controller is not easy to use, and the instructions not simple, the games are possibly a little hard or just cheap to look at, perhaps when able to read my son might be able to play better, but he is already not interested ... back to the product testing I think for this thing!
Was it tested on Adults rather than kids?
This was possibly an expensive bookend, anyone want to buy it off me!? lol
I have bought my children all the V Smile range, they have not been disappointed. It started with the V Smile console, then the V smile Pocket and now the V Smile Motion. Absoutely brilliant, my little boys love it, It connects to the tv just like the V Smile console but instead the contoller is wirless, It's just like a kiddies version of the wii.It allows the children to get motivated whilst playing a game, and ables them to interact with their favourite characters.
It's all about learning aswell, not just playing a game. It teaches colours numbers, letters, and all the things that you'd want your children to learn. It also comes with an Action Mania game which has a range of sporting activities such as tennis, car racing and bobsledding.
There is a wide range of games on the market like Thomas the tank for instance, and the good thing is that all the games that are used for the other V Smile consoles can be used on this one too, how cool is that.
The V Smile Motion comes with one colourful contoller which will switch to both left and right handed players, this is done by simply turning the dile underneath the controller and then turning the contoller around. If you want another controller you have to buy that seperate, but can be bought off the internet, so not a problem.
It can run on batteries but also can be run by an adapter which you can buy in argos For about £8.
As like all the other V Smile Consoles you will not be disappointed with your purchase, its great fun for you and the kids, so glad that I bought one for the boys now. So much to do and learn and they will not get bored.
The graphics are brilliant very good quality, just as good as any console on the market for children.
I bought ours from argos a few years ago now when the first came out, and as i remember it was around £50 then but they have come down alot in price now so if your interested in buying one , shop around to see what deal you can get.
The console and contoller is blue and orange but i think now you can buy them in pink, this was the same with all the other consoles, it started off when they first came out you could only get them in one colour but now you can buy them in girls colours too, which is great.
This console is well worth the money and a great toy for learning and having fun, I cant wait to see what the next invention is going to be.
I purchased this for my son yesterday and have to say I think its fab..Its like a toddler version of the WiiI was abit worried that it would be cheap and tacky and the games be of poor quality , but that isnt the case at all!I bought him a few games too as I didnt think that one that comes with the console would be any good ...How wrong was I!!!! The game is great :)I would recommend this to any parent, its educational, keeps the kids occupied for hours (Well it has mine) and its fun!!
This product was only released a couple of weeks ago so I'll bet there are a few people out there wondering what it's like at the moment. The short review is "it's rubbish, don't buy it".
I thought this looked like a really brilliant kid's games console when I saw it on the telly. It looked like it was making use of the new Wii technology with it's motion sensors that supposedly allow young kids aged three to seven years to have a go at playing some Wii style education games.
When I got this though (I ordered it online from the ELC using a discount voucher), I was immediately disappointed with it. It's a lot smaller and lighter than I thought it was going to be for starters. A young child could pick this up with one hand, and most of the console consists of a large compartment for storing games in (underneath the blue lid you can see pictured). I instantly knew that there wasn't a lot inside this console.
I followed the instructions to get it all set up, and was surprised to find the term VCR used in describing how I should connect this to my TV! Okay, so some DVD players have got the RF slots on them, but just reading that term felt funny to me considering how dated they are now. I was also surprised to find I needed to use RF cables at all, I expected to use a scart lead or an antenna lead like everything elses uses these days.
Once it was all set up, the grandson was excited to give it a try. He tried the racing game that's on the sports cartridge included and immediately picked up the idea of how to do the game. He held the motion sensitive controller and had to tip it left to go left and right to go right. He had to stop every minute or so at a choice of two letters printed on balloons, and was asked which letter completed the word that appeared in the top right hand corner of the screen. The actual game was easy enough for him, and the educational factor involved was good for the three to five year old age group.
What really, really annoyed me about this though was just how useless the motion sensor was! There's the grandson standing there, doing everything right, and the animation on the screen wasn't responding properly! He tried the ball bouncing game, where you try to bounce the balls into the correctly coloured pile (either left or right) and no matter how hard he tried, the picture of the controller on the screen stayed still most of the time. How do you explain to a young child that they're doing everything right but that they just have to accept that it only works half the time?!
Also, the graphics are really very 1990s. Okay, it's £60, you can't expect top of the range PS3 graphics. You expect something that looks like it cost £60 and came out of this decade though.
I rang the VTech helpline about this and was basically told that because this is a new toy, there's not a lot they could suggest other than perhaps we had a faulty controller. The trouble is though, if the controller was faulty, how come it worked some of the time? And how come it passed all of the tests the Techy lady gave me to do over the phone?
Suffice to say I'm glad I bought this from the ELC as they offer a full no quibble money-back guarantee. I took it back and bought the grandson a couple of PS2 games from another shop so that he has something to play on his Uncle's machine.