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TimetoPlayMag.com Ratings and Reviews
At TimetoPlayMag.com, we want to engage, inform and entertain our readers to give them the benefit of our knowledge, experience and the breadth of products we cover. We look at more than 10,000 new toys and children’s products every year, and our primary purpose is to help you make the best choices for the kids in your life.
Our goal is to give you the real story on what you’ll find when you bring a toy home. And we know that every kid and every family is different. That’s why we always say: “The hot toy is only hot if it’s hot for your child.”
Our editorial team has more than 100 years combined experience working in the toy industry. Our rating system ranks toys on 4 key criteria:
- Fun — Does it engage the child? Does it inspire imaginative play? Does it contribute to creative expression? Is it entertaining?
- Repeat Play OR Collectibility — Some toys are played with, some are collected. If we feel a toy is better suited for collectibility, we’ll rank it based on Collectibility instead of Repeat Play.
- Repeat Play — Will kids come back to it over time? Does the toy allow diverse imaginative play experiences? Does it provide longer-term play value?
- Collectibility — Some toys may have limited traditional play, but kids will treasure them as collectibles.
- Assembly/Instructions — Is the toy easy to assemble? Are the instructions clear?
Over the years we’ve learned a lot about what makes great toys and exciting play experiences. We want to help you create the best experiences for your kids and your family.
Ultimately, you’re the best judge of what you want to bring into your home — and what’s best for your kids. And because you’re an important part of the Time to Play family, we invite you to let us know if you ever find an error or have any ideas how we can better help you. After all, we exist for one reason: to help you have more fun!
What It Is
The classic game of Simon has gotten a whole new look, and there are four ways to play. Simon Flash is a new take on the game of Simon, but instead of an electronic circular playing piece, Simon Flash comes with four, individual electronic colored, two-inch cubes. (Hasbro calls them "cubes". They're not exactly equal on each side, but we'll go with it.) The cubes "talk" to each other electronically, so they know where you're placing them and when you've solved a puzzle. There are four different games. In Simon Shuffle, you have to arrange the cubes in the correct color sequence. In Simon Lights Off, shuffle the cubes around until each cube is no longer lit up. In Simon Secret Color, move the cubes around until they are all the same color. And then, of course, there is Simon Classic, where you correctly repeat a color sequence. These games can be played solo or with other people. It comes with a portable game case, so you can take the Simon cubes on the go.
Why It’s Fun
This is a cool new, even more interactive way to play a classic game, thanks to the manipulation of the cubes. Kids will like the variety of ways to play, while adults who remember the original Simon will enjoy playing the classic game in a new way. The games are fast and easy to play, and each time is different, so kids will want to play over and over.
Who It’s For
Simon Flash is for ages 8 and up.
What to Be Aware of
Make sure the cubes are lined up in a straight line with their sides touching, otherwise the cubes won't be able to "talk" to each other.
Simon Flash comes with eight AAA batteries.