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DJ Bop It in the House Tonight!
on 21 August 2014
I remember as a teenager playing with the original Bop It! and remember how much I loved it, either playing it alone or with friends.
This is one of the various Bop It! versions available and it is based on movements you might use as a DJ - "spin it", "scratch it", "reverse it" and "flip it" as well as the all important "bop it". "Spin it" requires you to spin the disc clockwise, "reverse it" to spin it anticlockwise, "scratch it" to move it back and forth once like a DJ would scratch a record and "flip it" means you need to flip the game over to the other side (there is a black disc on one side and a silver disc on the other - both with moving parts to play. "Bop it" means to hit the black button on the side.
The music is very modern, so it is very much of the moment - with 4 tracks, including the famous and easily recognisable Pound the Alarm by Nicki Minaj. It also has tracks by Avicii and Ro Shon. All of the tracks work well together, which they need to as the music changes track when you are instructed to "flip it" and so you are catapulted from one track into other rather like a dj mixing the tracks. Each of the other actions comes with a little sound effect - the most obvious being the "scratch it" action giving the familiar scratch sound that djs make.
In addition to the verbal instructions that the game shouts out for you to copy, it comes with a series of light flashes, individual to the instruction. At first these aren't all that important, but as you become better at the game, the game gets more and more challenging and eventually it stops giving the verbal commands and just flashes the corresponding instructions at you! This is the part that we as a family are still trying to get to grips with and in the fluster of the moment it is still challenging just to follow the spoken commands.
There are 5 different games, Classic and Classic party are the same, but the party version includes the phrase "pass it" to pass it to the next person. Dj and DJ party are slight twists on the classic game of following the instructions whereby you are given a number of instructions (at first just two at a time) and then when you are told to go, you need to execute them accurately in a timely manner. Again the party version includes "pass it" for you to thrust the game into the next players hands.
Finally there is the remix game, which is just freestyling - listening to the music and spinning the discs - not really a game, just for listening without the pressure of getting it right or wrong!
The game comes with Duracell batteries included and needs 3 AA batteries
Since our girls have had this, they have played and played and played, individually and together with each other and with me. It's lots of fun and although it's a noisy game, because the music is good music, it doesn't get on my nerves in the same way! Lots of family fun and with a high score so far of 120 on the Classic game and 52 on the Classic Party, we are going to keep practising!