By Andrew Liszewski
Rhythm and pattern games seem to still be all the rage, but before there was Guitar Hero and Rock Band, way back in the early 80′s there was Simon. And as far as I can tell, Mattel’s Loopz seems to be an attempt to rekindle the popularity of Simon by making it appeal to today’s kids who are used to all kinds of high-techery.
Simon’s colored light-up pads have been replaced by half-circles with motion sensors requiring you to simply stick your hand inside for one of them to be triggered, but it looks like it still uses the same basic gameplay mechanics, making you remember and recreate patterns. This modern version is also able to keep track of your performance and remember your best times and scores, and even seems a bit more musically capable when compared to Simon’s low-tech electronic beeps. It should be available sometime this month, and you can pre-order it from Entertainment Earth, if you’re so inclined, for $37.99.
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