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October 5, 2011 / mommylok

Simon Says…Bop It!

A few weeks ago, my daughter discovered Hasbro’s Family Game Night on Hub TV.  She was instantly addicted.  I have to admit, it is pretty entertaining watching both kids and adults play some of my favorite table-top games, life-sized.  It’s easy to laugh at (I mean WITH!) others from the comfort of my own home 🙂

When I visited Hasbro’s table at this year’s Time to Play’s Holiday Showcase event, I was thrilled to see Simon Flash and Bop It! XT (2 of several games featured on Hasbro’s Family Game Night) knowing that I now have the ability to take the on-screen action home for my kids to enjoy.  (They saw the TV show first before they knew the toys existed!)

Photo by V. Lok

Bop It! XT is so addicting – the kids are calling out to each other to “shake this” or “pull that” even when they aren’t playing with the game console itself.  Bop It! XT debuted this year and the purpose is for the player to obey the commands that are called out (e.g. flick it, spin it, shake it) to win against friends or beat a personal high score.  There are four game modes: solo game, pass it game, party mode and one-on-one, featuring four levels of challenging fun (novice, expert, master and pro).  Even though Hasbro labels this game appropriate for ages 8 and up, I think some of the younger kids can equally enjoy the fun (especially if it’s solo play).  My son is 4 years old and though he may not be ready to play party mode yet with the big kids, he is determined to get passed 3 rounds of commands (he’s only had a couple days of practice!)  The approximate retail price is $24.99 and is available at various retailers nationwide.

Photo by V. Lok

Simon Flash is equally as fun and addicting (so the kids say – they’ve monopolized the games so I haven’t been able to personally test them out!)  It’s only been a few days but my daughter isn’t tired yet of challenging herself to get better and better with each game (this is always a positive thing for parents to see!) And as you can see in the photo above, my son is concentrating hard on trying to beat Simon.

Simon Flash has “wonder-link” technology, giving this 80s classic game an exciting new twist.  The game is made up of four tiles that you shuffle around at Simon’s command.  The objective is to conquer the colors by repeating the patterns of the four colored cubes as they light up through four different styles of game play (Simon Classic, Simon Shuffle, Simon Lights Off and Simon Secret Color).  The scoring system will take a little getting used to considering it’s based off of light patterns (e.g., for one of the games, one red flash means 1 point and when all the cubes flash red, it means 10 points.).  This is a great solo player game to have as sometimes it’s not feasible for siblings/friends to play with each other.  Simon Flash also comes with a very handy carrying case for easy on-the-go play; the case makes it feasible to play even when you don’t have a flat surface, like when you’re in the car.

One thing to note is that there is a quick guide and instruction set that fits right in the carrying case so it’s readily available for reference at any time.  Little things like that add up to be a big plus when deciding to make a toy purchase for me.  Again, though Hasbro labels this game as appropriate for kids ages 8 and up, I think younger kids can also enjoy the challenge.  Simon Flash retails for about $29.99 and is available at various retailers nationwide.


Hasbro is a branded play company providing children and families around the world with a wide-range of immersive entertainment offerings based on the Company’s world class brand portfolio.  From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, video games and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its customers through the strategic leveraging of well-known and beloved brands such as TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY.

Disclosure:  I received Hasbro toy samples for review purposes only; no other compensation was received for this post.   All opinions expressed are my own.


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  1. Bicultural Mama / Oct 5 2011 3:39 PM

    Looks like great games and your kids are so lucky they get to test them out!

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