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Another addictive bop it! game
on 23 September 2012
Bop it! Smash sounded like just the ticket for us. We already own and love quite a few of the different Bop it! offerings and, although they're not constantly in use, the kids get them out quite regularly...particularly when their friends are round.
The aim of Bop it! Smash is to follow the patterns of lights and to "smash" the ends together, (you basically have to push both ends in at the same time), when the fast moving light is in the middle. If you manage to do this and smash it whilst the light is either in the middle, (gives you 5 points), or one either side of the middle, (1 point), then you move onto the next pattern. If you smash it with the light outside the middle three then you lose one of your three lives and get to try it again. After you've successfully conquered a few patterns the game moves onto a bonus round where you don't lose lives - you just have to try to get the light in the middle for the five points as many times as you can. It then reverts back to normal play again.
There are also two different multiplayer modes where the basic principle is the same. In the first one you can have as many players as you like. You get a pattern and have to Smash it whilst the lights are in the middle. If you do then you pass the game to the next player. If you don't then you get a further 2 attempts to pass the level before you're out. In the second multiplayer mode you tell the game how many players there are, and it keeps track of lives very much like in the single player game, except this time it's also checking on how quickly you manage to pass each level. Tricky!
Both myself, my partner and our two kids, (ages 6 and 8), have had a good go with this, and it's a hit - especially with the kids. For adults with fairly good hand-eye coordination it is definitely still fun...but it can take a while and quite a few levels before that coordination is challenged. For the kids, though, it is a fantastic challenge and once they'd had a few goes they were hooked! The 8 year old is finding it considerably easier than the 6 year old, but they are both managing it pretty well now, (it helps if they sit down), and they're remembering their own individual high scores and desperately trying to beat them. It's absolutely great for hand-eye coordination!! I imagine that, once the initial enthusiasm has worn off, this will probably just come out every once in a while when friends are round or on a rainy day...much like the other Bop it! games that we have. Still, for the price I think that it's great value for money, is very sturdy and well made and should provide entertainment for years to come. Recommended!