Monday, August 4, 2008
I have alot to say about this game, so, forgive me ahead of time for going on, and on. Sophia received this game as a birthday gift, and I immediately wrote the company I liked it so much. This may be, in a nutshell, one of the best games for kids I have ever had the pleasure of playing. I know - I am not a kid. But I have clocked more hours on this game than both of my kids. I even had one of my girlfriends over and SHE was addicted by the time she left. Yes, Hyper Dash is that good. You know when you find a gift for those endless birthday parties that is so unique, so fun... that you go out and buy 10 just so every kid you know will get one? Hyper Dash is one of those kind of games. Let me explain.
This game is designed to give kids a fresh and lively alternative to sedentary entertainment. The game is psychically and mentally engaging. It promotes listening, memory, math and coordination skills. I actually think we get an aerobic work out from this game... but all that goes by the way side, because its just so fun you forget its good for you!
Hyper Dash consists of one electronic tagger and five diffferent colored and numbered targets. The tagger ( that blue cone thingie you see there) Plays pre recorded music and calls out which targets you need to strike. It tracks the amount of time it takes to complete each course. The tagger uses radio frequency identification (RFID) to recognize the targets, which can be set up side by side, ( if you are lazy like me!) or, across the length of a football field! ( pant, pant, pant...) The farther the targets from each other... the more they excersize!
As you progress in the game, it becomes harder, and there are four levels. You hear the caller say " Double Strike... Yellow!" and you have to go WHAM WHAM! on the yellow target... then you hear "5 minus 2!" and you have to go find the "3" and smack that target. OMG... It is so much fun! We laugh so hard watching each other run around the house smacking targets. There are so many variations of this game, and the kids can make up their own little micro games, like hide and seek, etc. There is also a tag team option for team playing! I mean, its like organized chaos. It gets kids on their feet, even on rainy days, gets them expending energy, and best of all, having fun!
Also, just as a side note - my husband made a comment about the packaging of Hyper Dash. Don't you hate those mounds and mounds of plastic wrapping, little plastic ties, clips, string bindings... and worse of all the dreaded VACCUFORM! ( my husband's arch nemesis!) This game is NOT packaged like that. It comes in a simple recycled cardboard box... with a recycled fiber container inside holding the actual game. Thats it. Easy to open and incredibly environmentally friendly packaging! Don't think we didn't notice, Wild Planet!
I am now a huge fan of Wild Planet products for children and plan to review more. I firmly believe that these games and toys go one step further than most on the market to enhance childhood, both mentally and physically.
So... have I turned you on to Hyper Dash yet? No? Well, you are in luck, because our friends over at Wild Planet have sent us ONE copy of Hyper Dash to give away to one of our readers. Just leave a comment on this post after visiting Wild Planet and tell me which game seems to fit your families tastes the best! Contest ends August 25th!