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October 12, 2009 at 5:59 pm #139582MemnoichParticipant
For all of you out there with the force trainer, here is step 2:
It seems pretty cool.
Mindflex–featuring a headset that reads your brain waves and a levitating foam ball–is the kind of game that must be seen to be believed. Recommended for players aged eight and older, the game begins when you strap on the headset so you can use your powers of concentration to move the ball around the game console and through a mind-bending obstacle course. A dial-in console lets you to keep the ball lifted on a cushion of air, but raising and lowering the ball must be accomplished by alternating concentrating and relaxing your mind.
At a Glance
* Requires: 4 “C” and 3 “AAA” batteries (not included)
* Screwdriver for battery installation
What We Think
The Good: Adults and kids guide a foam ball through obstacles using the power of their minds.
The Challenging: Players unable to perceive a relationship between their minds and the ball’s height may grow impatient.
In a Nutshell: Foam ball really does rise and fall, and choice of games and obstacle courses provides hours of amusement.
Your telekinetic fantasies becomes a reality with the Mattel Mindflex.
The challenging obstacle course will hone your mental focus.
Headset Measures your Brain Waves
Tired of games that depend on the roll of a die or lucky draw? With the help of advanced technology, Mindflex introduces a whole new way to play–by using the power of your mind!
You’ll feel like a character in a science fiction movie as you strap on the headset, connect the clips to your ear lobes, and align the metal forehead sensor just above your left eyebrow. But even this strange accessory won’t prepare you for the sight of a foam ball quivering five inches above the game console!
Move the Ball with the Power of your Mind
Skeptics will be quick to point out that the console’s moveable fan nozzle holds the ball aloft on a cushion of air. However, as players learn to alternately focus and relax their minds, the ball will respond by rising and falling. An instruction manual provides various concentration and relaxation techniques to try such as math problems or visualization and practice exercises.
Once you feel like you’ve mastered the art of telekinesis, you can test your mental acuity with five challenging games designed for groups of one to four players. Use the game console to select your game, set the difficulty level, and track your scores.
Design a Mind-Bending Obstacle Course
A variety of hoops, hurdles, funnels, and a teeter-totter can be positioned however you choose on the game console. Players use their minds to move the ball under, over, or through the obstacles. Several games test speed, while another challenges players to lift a ball up and through a funnel, shooting it across the game console to score points.
While Mindflex’s advanced technology is sure to intrigue, mastering the games may prove difficult for some. Because concentration techniques will vary from person to person, the game rewards patience and a willingness to experiment. Fans of mazes and brain teasers will appreciate the mental challenge, and creative types will like designing the obstacle courses.
Mindflex’s game console requires four “C” batteries (not included), and the headset requires three “AAA” batteries (not included). The four foam balls should be handled with care to keep their ability to levitate. Fortunately, the game console features an inner compartment for safe ball storage.October 12, 2009 at 8:13 pm #152812inariParticipant
I had a look at demonstrations of this one, and decided that for myself at least (and the two little boys…ahem, I can probably include my husband) THREE little boys I live with, this particular model looked like it could be easily broken or have parts lost. That could be a factor in some peoples decision.
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