The classic game of “Simon Says” gets a technological upgrade in the Bop It XT. Once turned on, the toy gives you various instructions to act out on the unit. When the Bop It XT tells you to “spin it”, you turn a knob on the unit. As the game progresses, the Bop It XT keeps score.
Whether you are playing on your own or with a group of friends, the Bop It XT keeps you guessing as the tempo increases. With funny comments when you succeed (as well as when you fail), the Bop It XT’s attitude will match the teens that play it.
Bop It XT Description
The game has six different commands, including “flick it”, “spin it”, “pull it”, “bop it” “twist it” and “shake it”. The Bop It XT has several modes of play dependent on the number of players, such as solo, pass it, one-on-one and party. The unit includes a headphone jack, so when you are in an area that is a bit on the quiet side (plane rides, car trips), you can limit the sound output. You can also turn off certain movements, so if the user has repeated problems with one particular action, that action can be deactivated. The Bop It XT is designed for children eight years old and up.
Bop It XT Features
• Multiple play modes for numerous players
• The unit keeps score and announces the best score upon switching on
• New levels are introduced after 100 successful moves
Bop It XT Review
A great party game, as well as a solo activity, the Bop It XT will keep you entertained for quite a long time. Think of the Bop It XT as Simon Says for the 21st century, with directions being given to manipulate any number of knobs, switches and dials on the unit, and to keep up with the every quickening pace. The Bop It XT is a great way for your child to increase their activity level while developing their hand-eye coordination. Even adults are unable to put the Bop It XT down once they get going.
While this toy is targeted to the 8 and above age group, some younger children may get frustrated at the fast pace that the Bop It XT starts out at. Others find the unit “makes fun” of those who lose their turn, discouraging those frustrated younger children from continuing.
Overall, though, the Bop It XT is great value for money, at just under $30 for the toy. It’s small size makes it perfectly portable, and the headphone jack limits the sound in confined areas – great for those long car rides or a way to keep your kiddo occupied while waiting at the doctor’s office. When the usual entertainment for tween and teens involves sitting in front of a television, the Bop It XT gets them up and moving.
Having Fun with Bop It XT
• 3 AAA batteries included
• Headphone jack on the unit make it great for quieter situations
• Certain movements can be disabled
• The “novice” level is still quite difficult for beginners
• The comments that the unit makes to the player when they lose their turn can be quite negative
• The volume is rather loud when not plugged into a set of headphones
What Customers Say About the Bop It XT
One of the most common comments made by parents is that they themselves could barely put down the Bop It XT long enough to allow their children to play it. The addictive nature of the Bop It XT can be somewhat frustrating to beginners, as the starting mode is quite quick. Many parents complained that their children felt quite defeated when the Bop It XT made negative comments when they lost their turn.
Other than that, the majority of reviews by parents and children are positive, with many saying they were grateful that there were no small parts to lose. While some may question the educational value of the toy, parents agree that the Bop It XT is much better than sitting and playing a video game, and helps develop quick thinking and hand eye coordination.