What It Is
The Duo Pop is a system designed to turn your iPad into a gaming console that allows players to buzz in with their answers just like they do on game shows.
There are currently five game apps available to download from the App Store, including Saturday Night Live The Game, Guesstimation, Got It!, Highlights Buzz Blast, and The New York Times Swoop. (The game apps are free for a limited time. They'll eventually be $2.99.) When you start each one, you'll be prompted to place the Duo Pop control unit next to the iPad. You'll also be asked if you want to play solo or party. The game then guides you through the set-up and the orientation of the players around the iPad. As you play the different games, there will be chances for you to buzz in and take the next action. Some of the games can be played solely with the poppers, and others require touching the screen at different times.
Duo Pop games are for two to four players or teams. The game comes with four Duo Pop Poppers, a Duo Controller, and an instruction guide.
Why It’s Fun
People of all ages love playing games on the iPad, and the Duo Pop turns the iPad into a social game time device. The experience and level of fun depends upon the game and the players. Each of the games has a bit of a learning curve to figure out how the Poppers interact with the games. With the price of the Duo Pop about $40, not to mention the cost of an iPad, you'll have to determine if this is how you want to spend your money when you want to play a board game.
Who It’s For
Each game is for different ages and interests. For instance, you have to know a lot about Saturday Night Live to enjoy the game, but anyone can play Swoop or Guesstimation. The Highlights game requires a level of concentration that makes it best for kids in second, third, or fourth grade, about the same age as readers of Highlights magazine.
What To Be Aware Of
An iPad is sold separately.
Duo Pop requires 11 AAA batteries, which are not included.
The Duo Pop unit shuts off after five minutes and there is no light on it to indicate if it's on or off. Most games will prompt you if the connection is lost.