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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
Bop-It! is back with a new version calling the shots—Bop-It! XT. There are three new commands, challenging players to bop it, pull it, twist it, flick it, spin it, and shake it. As with the original, the object is to obey the commands that are called out from the game console to see who among your friends can last the longest or beat your personal high score. The more commands you correctly follow, the faster the commands are called out.
There are four game modes. Solo Game is the classic way to play, where one person follows the commands. The Pass it Game is played the same way only with players passing the Bop-It! XT unit to another player in between commands. Party Mode utilizes players' whole bodies. As a body part is called out, such as an elbow or knee, "bop" the unit on the corresponding body part to successfully complete the round. And One on One divides the game unit into two sides. Each player is responsible for executing two commands as they race to "bop it."
The game also features four levels: novice, expert, master, and pro. As players advance levels, they'll have to remember the sounds and colors associated with the different moves as the corresponding word commands become varied with sounds and colors.
There is also a headphone jack for solo quiet play.
Why It’s Fun
With Bop-It! XT, players have to think quickly and perform the commands as fast as possible. The different games and play levels offers all-new challenges to players based on the number of players and each player's skill.
Who It’s For
Bop-It! XT is for ages 8 and up.
What to Be Aware of
Bop-It! XT comes with three AAA batteries. These are for in-store try-me purposes, and Hasbro recommends replacing with fresh batteries for best results.
The game instructions are stored inside the box, so be careful when opening the package.