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My sister used to own the original Bop-It Extreme. I always longed to play with it but the majority of the time, I was not allowed. She would essentially torment me with the noises of "Flick it, Bop it, spin it" coming from her room. After months of pleading to my parents at the age of around 9, they finally gave in and got me the newer version, Bop-It Extreme 2. Both of the Bop-It games have the same concept. Hold the device at the handles with each of your hands. When the voice tells you to either "Flick it", "Twist it", "Spin it", "Pull it" or, you guessed it, "Bop-it", you must do the appropriate action to one of the five input devices on the toy. The aim of the game is to get the highest amount of consecutive correct actions within a reasonable time - you have a couple of seconds to perform each action but this time decreases as you progress). The concept sounds very simple, and it really is, however it does not get boring because of it. If you have another person with you, you will be ever trying to beat their high score but even alone, you can easily entertain yourself for an hour or two Although the way you play is mostly the same between the two version of this game, there were many improvements made to this device between versions: The casing of the device was made see-through for the most part. Personally, I would have preferred it to have stayed opaque as I do not really see the need to see the internal wires and boards of the toy, however it still doesn't stop me enjoying the game. There were rubberised sleeves added to the handles which made the device far more comfortable to hold, especially for long periods of time too. The scoring system now used proper English language instead of, as with the last version, a series of beeps which you had to count up to work out your final score. This, along with a memory for the high score, helped me settle many disputes about who had the highest score on the game! The input devices were also redesigned structurally. The biggest change being the wheel, instead of being a smooth-ish wheel it was changed to a ridges wheel which helped gain grip when sliding your hand down - although still only a minor improvement. The overall game concept was exactly the same but the small improvements just added to the experience. At the time, this device, from what I remember, was around £15-£20 but has since been discontinued by Hasbro.
I received Bop It Extreme 2 as a Christmas present years ago. It provided hours of entertainment trying to get a higher score than the rest of my family. Bop It Extreme 2 was released in 2002 after the previous versions Bop It (1996) and Bop It Extreme (1998). It won the 'Electronic Game of the Year 2005' in the UK. Bop It is a game that fires commands at you which you need to try and keep up. These are either 'bop it', 'twist it', 'spin it', 'flick it' or 'pull it'. The more commands you complete, the quicker it gets. If you do the wrong action or are timed out, game over. 'bop it' is the circle in the centre which you have to hit quite hard. 'twist it' is the yellow part which you must twist. 'spin it' is the orange circle you have to spin. 'flick it's is the green part which you flick and pull it is the blue part you pull. To begin your game you have to 'pull it'. If you keep 'pulling it' you can choose which game you want to play, Solo, Pass It or One on One. Solo is when you play the game alone. Pass it is when you play it solo until it says 'Pass It' and then you pass it to the next person to see how long you can keep it up. One on One is when two people play together using half of the game each. By 'flicking it' you can change the mode of the game to either 'vox bop' which gives voice commands or 'beat bop' which gives musical commands. To hear your high scores you must 'twist it', the maximum high score is 250. To change the volume you 'flick it' and choose either low, medium or high. The Bop It Extreme 2 looks like a wheel and is a really addictive toy you can take anywhere. The only problem is everyone wants a go and no one wants to wait. We had a fantastic time playing this on Boxing Day when all the family was around. The game is available in black, white and pink and requires 3AA batteries (not included). It can be bought for around £25 at Toys R Us which is quite expensive but it's worth it. It is recommended for ages 8 and over but I know children which are 4 or 5 which have had just as much fun as everyone else. You'll love this game whatever your age.
I've played this with family and student friends and children. Everyone has fun with this addictive game. How good are your reflex responses. You might think you're quite snappy in reaction time but try this game and discover how easy the toy can catch you out. Play alone or with a whole load of people on the 'pass it on' mode. Everyone gets about a minute before the person next to you has a go. Get it wrong and they are out of the game whilst the others continue. It makes a dull party fun. 'Bop it!' is the opening exclamation which means get ready to look like you've gone crazy as you start pulling and pushing and yelling. This can be played with either 'beat bop' or 'vox bop' mode. Even the names sound cool don't you think? The first option produces directions by the sounds of beats - pop, rock, Latin and R&B; and the second option, which is easier for the player, gives directions with voice commands. The accent is American and some players have reported it hard to distinguish some commands from others. Under the commands of the machine the individual player must hit, twist, spin or flick it on the appropriate areas of the machine. It's comfortable to hold. The points add up but only if you are good with your prompt reactions. This game is fast, fast, fast and the music speeds up. It's quite annoying that it seems to delight in commenting on your failings. Get it wrong and the game is over and you have to start all over again with a fresh set of points. The highest points available are two hundred and fifty. I've not managed it but I know a six-year-old who has. Just picture the grin on their face. It doesn't bore them though as they like to prove their talent again and again and laugh at everyone else struggling to keep up and get it right. It probably should have provision for a higher scoring system. Bop It will probably have you slapping your thighs and hitting your head at your own mistakes whilst laughing hysterically. At least that's the experience we've had in our house. No teenager, child or adult should be upset by opening a present and finding this inside. It's colourful, makes people laugh out loud and is quite addictive. You can devise new rules or consequences for players so it is very adaptable to many kinds of characters and age groups. It's also hard not to intervene when someone else is playing and bop it for them. The only problem I've discovered is with boring parents who are intolerant on the beats and voice instructions - poor long suffering children who are made to switch it off after only one go! This happened once in the back of the car. I was disappointed and I'm not the child. There is a slot for a headphone so purchase one of them too if you don't already own headphones. If you are one of those parents let me point out that this game is quite important in the development of concentration ability and dexterity skills so remember what you're denying them before you make them switch it off! (Okay, I can see that the car might not be the best gaming environment but don't ban pla for thre rest of the day too!). This has to be robust for all the high speed and desperate bashing that it has to take. I do like old-fashioned toys more but it does make a good ice-breaker. There are other versions that make it harder or simplify the game. There are also interesting sounding ones like smash, bounce and the download version where you can get hundreds of more points. But this version costs £48.70 on Amazon and there's only a couple left in stock. I think that's very expensive. Also it needs three AA batteries which mean the price goes up and up. I'd suggest getting the original version although it has less on it but is still good fun and will set you back less.
Last Christmas, my oldest son received a couple of expensive gadgets so it was a bit of a surprise just how popular this inexpensive little 'Bop It' game proved, up against some stiff competition. Not only was this a hit with my oldest son but it also kept the adults in the family entertained too and still does, almost a year later. The 'Bop It Extreme 2' is not the most memorably named toy but it is definitely one of the most entertaining and addictive toys around! As the (silly) name suggests, this is an updated version of the Bop It toy which has been around for several years now. This is not, however, the latest version as it has been superseded by a number of different variations which the most recent addition to the Bop It family being the 'Bop It Smash.' It is quite difficult to describe exactly what this Bop It toy is and how it works, without making it sound far more complex than it really is, although game play is actually pretty challenging. It certainly looks like a bizarre item - vaguely resembling some sort of steering wheel. In the centre is a large button with two main arms coming off this and various random shaped and brightly coloured items at the end of each section. The toy is made from quite a sturdy, weighty plastic with two of the 'limbs' covered in an easy grip rubbery coating which makes the toy comfortable to hold securely which is useful as game play can carry on for some time, once it has been mastered. This toy is essentially a challenge type of game. Bop It will shout out a stream of commands - 'Twist It! Flick It! Spin It! Pull It! Bop It!' - with each command relating to an action on a certain part of the device. Bop It means to slam (hard) against the central button, Flick It involves flicking a rubbery 'sticky out thing' (which looks disturbing like a sexual aid!) Spin It involves spinning a plastic water wheel and Pull It is a lever to pull. This does sound difficult to follow as there are five different commands in play and they are issued in very random orders, so there is no regular pattern to follow or remember, meaning that you need total concentration and the ability to react quickly and without hesitation. The time period within which you need to complete the required action is incredibly narrow, meaning there is very little opportunity for any hesitation. The player has to respond instantly with the correct action and any delay or the incorrect action results in the game ending. The competitiveness comes into play with the toy's ability to remember the highest score ever achieved. There are also a couple of variations of the game play which all help to keep the game challenging and fresh. My son likes the 'Beat Box' version which involves sound effects being utilised rather than the usual word instructions. I find this version far too difficult for me to follow as by the time my brain has worked out what action the noise represents, I have hesitated for too long and lost the game. There are also games which involve more than one player at a time although we find the solo versions to be more entertaining and less likely to lead to conflict! This comes with an age recommendation of eight plus which I think is fairly accurate. My (then) nine year old son mastered this pretty easily, much quicker than the adults managed to. (My husband is embarrassingly bad at playing this - always blaming the children for distracting him whilst he is trying to play! I don't think he has ever managed to achieve a score higher than ten!) I suspect this would be far too quick for a younger child to manage - certainly my five year old's reaction speeds are nowhere near quick enough for him to even attempt this game. This is the kind of game which would be very frustrating for a child not old enough to play so I wouldn't suggest purchasing this with a younger child in mind. It is a shame that the game doesn't come with any way of adjusting the level of difficulty. If it was possible to slow down the speed of instructions or to extend the amount of time available to react, this would extend the suitable age range considerably and this really would be a game suitable for the whole family. The game has been very well thought out with the inclusion of a volume control (managed using the spinning wheel.) The instructions can be quite difficult to follow, however, on anything other than the maximum setting, particularly in a busy household. The game will also turn itself off after several minutes of inactivity, helping to preserve battery life. I can't actually remember ever needing to replace the batteries at all, making this a pretty economical toy to run as it has certainly been regularly played with over the past year. From a practical point of view, the number of controls has been kept to a minimum, with the game play features being cleverly utilised as the means of turning the game on and selecting the play mode, rather than cluttering up the device with any additional buttons or controls. This system did prove a little confusing at first, as it isn't immediately clear how to begin play or to change the modes, but we soon picked this up and now find it incredibly straightforward to pick up and play - but far more difficult to put it down once you've started playing! As this is an older version, the Extreme 2 is difficult to get hold of in new, unused condition. This may explain (but not justify) why this toys is currently listed at an eye watering £49.99 on Amazon! I paid just £10.99 for this last year which is more or less its real worth, although I think the original RRP was around the £20 mark. (There is also a girly pink version in stock at Toys R Us, currently selling for £27.99) I would certainly recommend this version of Bop It but only at a reasonable price. This game has proven to be so popular and entertaining that I've actually ordered the latest Bop It Smash game for my oldest son this Christmas. I only hope that the new version is at least half as entertaining and addictive as this version has proven to be.
This is a hand-held game which tells you to push it, pull it, twist it, spin in or bop it and you have to push, pull twist etc the relevant bit on the game. The instructions, and therefore your required reactions, get quicker and the idea of the challenge is to fulfill the commands for as long as possible without hesitating or getting it wrong and therefore getting a higher number. Well, I bought this for my daughter last Christmas and much fun was had - followed by much frustration when she wanted to play longer and the "grown ups" didn't want to listen to it any longer. We all had a go and it did get quite competitive. Thankfully it is a very solid game as it does put up with a certain amount of abuse if you are playing it right (or wrong). It is definitely a two handed game and requires a certain level of focus and concentration. We had all ages from 8 to 50+ having a go and we all managed to have a laugh whilst doing so. It is one of those many toys that was fantastic to start with and soon got relegated to the box with all the other unused toys and games. It does still surface now and then but we did not find it was something to hold our attention for any length of time. I have not had to change the batteries yet - but this is possibly due to lack of use as much as anything else. It is currently selling on Amazon for £49.99 which I feel is very over-priced but a quick search on ebay found it for a lot less if you don't mind it being pre-owned. It is a good fun game which would probably get sporadic used in most households but at almost £50 I do not think this is value for money.
Bop It Extreme 2 is an electronic skills game that require concentration and quick reaction times to master the game. The way the game works is a voice will give you an instruction and you have to do it as quick as possible or you lose. An example of an instruction would be 'Flick It' then you have to flick the green lightning bolt as quick as possible. The game itself looks like a steering wheel of a car and the bop it button is right in the middle like the horn on a steering wheel.The game game has a great feature of being able to play it on both sides so you can flip it over to play whichever way feels more comfortable for you. The game is very attractive and has lots of colours on it like blue, light blue, orange, green and yellow. I dropped it loads of time when I had it and it didn't break. This game can definitely take a beating as I was very careless when I was younger. I got this game when I was about 9 or 10 as a Christmas present and I really enjoyed playing it for a while because it was really addictive. I used to find myself pounding at the buttons when I really got into it a did my best efforts to get good scores. The spin button was the one that always used to hurt my hand because I used to go for it when that was said and It's shape made my hands red from the pressure I kept going for it at. I think the spin button is the hardest that's why I put the most effort into it. I would say that this game can be hard to play at first because it takes some practice. The game has 3 levels of volume and the score is given in English rather than by tallies that was in the earlier versions of the game. Beatbop or Voxbop modes which are modes that changes weather it says "Spin-It" or make a wheel sound. It also has 1 on 1, Solo, and Pass it modes of game play. The game requires 3 AA batteries which I remember being hard to put in because the screw was tiny. The game is available to buy on Amazon from £5.99 which is quite a bargain and worth the cost. I would recommend this game because it was quite fun when I use to have it.
This toy from Hasbro is a follow up to Bop It. The toy is essentially a game requiring you to follow instructions telling you which actions to perform on the different parts of the toy - "Flick It," "Spin It," "Twist It," "Pull It," or "Bop It." The player must do these according to the vocal instructions within a certain time. There are different game modes, allowing players to play alone, in a large group or one-on-one. The toy has been around for a few years but it is still a modern classic of children's toys. It is great fun to play on your own, trying to beat your own high score, or to play against friends. Children will certainly love this colourful toy, but I am sure that adults will definitely enjoy it too as it is also great as a drinking game. Bop It Extreme 2 takes 2 AA batteries.