Your kids will love Loopz, even if you can’t stand to have it in the same room. Loopz is one of those sound memory games that comes out every holiday season, and I’m sure will be a big hit this year. At $30, it’s a little pricey, but still affordable and your kids will likely get their (or your) money’s worth. Like a lot of games in this genre, Loopz uses colored lights and robotic sounds and tones in patterns that players must memorize. Again, like many of these games, Loopz can be played by one player with the game providing patterns the player must imitate. Or, ideally two players build a pattern of sounds with each turn, which must then be imitated, and built upon, by the next player. Unlike other games, however, Loopz new twist is that players move their hands in between the loops to choose the color/tone, rather hitting a button.
Dads will find this interesting for five or ten minutes, but failing middle-aged memories will hamper their success rate and they will quickly tire of competing against more intellectually agile children. The noise of the Loopz is only entertaining if you’re playing it; otherwise the sounds emanating from the Loopz seem to only translate into “throw me against the wall so I never make these sounds again.” Prescient fathers will suggest that the Loopz only be played behind closed door since the game can only be played if the plastic toy is in one piece.
The game is rated for seven and up, but it’s my six year-old boy who enjoys it the most in our family.