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Initial thoughts: We have an older version of Bop It! and it’s been well loved, at least by most of us. Some of us find it a tad frustrating (and I’m not talking about a child here) and it tends to bring out the competitive side in others. Still, Bop It! goes through phases when it’s played a lot, and at Christmas or family gatherings it comes into its own, so we were excited to see what the latest version was like. The electronic game calls out random commands (“twist it! bop it!”) and you have to comply as quickly as possible to get the highest score. You can play it solo, party game or pass it, for two or more players.
We liked: This new version has “shout it!” which everyone loved. You don’t have to use this command, you can just slide the green microphone back to the closed position. If you play it in party mode, you also have to tap the Bop It button onto whichever part of your body the machine dictates. This is lots of fun, even the 3 and 4-year-olds loved it although, naturally, the shout it command was their favourite. It’s addictive and once you’ve completed 100 commands in the solo game you move up a level, not that I would know that from first-hand experience.
We weren’t keen on: We loved the new shout it and body part commands but missed the flick it and spin it ones of our old extreme version. Our older one did seem harder, as it had more things to do, so it would have been nice to have seen both elements incorporated into this new game. Still, if you’re new to Bop It they won’t be something you’ll miss. The older version was bigger and just seemed more substantial too. Our youngest children loved it but they couldn’t play it properly, though, so this one is great for younger kids.
Overall: We love Bop It! although it does seem to bring out the worst in us. If you do manage to not play this addictive game for a while, the voice saying “Bop It” and your child shouting at it might get on your nerves a bit. The only reason it didn’t score maximum marks was because we missed a couple of the old commands. Combining the two versions would have made it even better.
[Debbie, Carrots and Kids]