There was a certain fun, novelty element to waving your hands around like a mad person.
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Initial thoughts: Loopz seemed, at first viewing, to be quite a simple battery-operated game that wouldn’t really offer much of a challenge for the children aged seven plus it was aimed at. There are four plastic loops on a stand, two on one side and two on another that light up in a variety of games to test your memory skills. To play, you have to wave your hands through the correct loops.
We liked: The fact that there are seven ways to play this is quite appealing. You can play solo, switch to multi-player, play it like a musical instrument or remix existing tracks or play games such as Repeat The Beat, Musical Tag or our favourite Reflex Master which involves waving your hand through different hoops before the lights go out. It was easy to set up, has no parts to lose or break and is simple for children to play on their own.
We weren’t keen on: I think the tag line of Loopz, “the memory game that gets you moving” is a little misleading as the only parts you move are your hands. It was initially a hit in our house but I fear there is a novelty value at work and after a while moving your hands through some loops could get a little boring. It is also quite annoying to listen to, if you happen to be in the same room while someone’s playing!
Overall: We liked the fact this offered different ways to play, including a sociable multi-player mode, but we have enjoyed other electronic memory games more than this one. There was a certain fun, novelty element to waving your hands around like a mad person. However, it does seem quite pricey for something that may not ultimately become a family favourite in our house.
Deb [Carrots and Kids]