Bop It

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The original Bop It was out in 1996. It quickly spread to become a popular game in the UK and the US and later in many countries including France, Germany, Spain, Mexico and Italy.

Bop It toys are a series of electronic audio games made by Hasbro and designed by Dan Klistner from KID Group. It was first introduced in 1996 when the original Bop It was made. The aim of the game is to respond quickly to the commands that are produced by the game's speaker. A beat is played during the game and the beat will get faster as the player scores more points. Bop It is one of the most popular electronic toys on the market along with the Simon memory game and is played with adults, children and even older people. The game is over when the player makes a mistake or when the player beats the game by achieving the maximum score. The game will end automatically when the player has finished the last level in the 2012 Bop It Smash and 2013 Bop It Tetris.

Since 2008 when Hasbro re-made the toy, the voice actor has been a man called Buddy Rubino. He has recorded the voice for Bop It!, Bop It! XT, Bop It! Smash!, Bop It! Tetris, Bop It! for iOS, Bop It! Smash for iOS, Bop It! on Hasbro Family Games Night 2 for the Nintendo Wii and Hasbro Family Games Night 1 for the Nintendo DS.[1]

Models[change | change source]

Bop It[change | change source]

In 1996, Hasbro copyrighted the instructions to a handheld game called Bop It.[2] The game features 3 different objects which each one assigned to a command. The three commands are nicknamed Bop It (which is a round button), Twist It (a twistable crank) and a pull it (a pullable handle). The game had three different game modes and the highest possible score was 100. Then there was a model released from 1997-1999 that had the same design and had a maximum score of 200.The score was reported by using different sounds. In the 1996 model, the victory celebration is worth 100 points, the Twist it sound is worth 10 points and the Bop It sound is worth 1 point. In the 1997-1999 model, the Bop It sound is worth 1 point, the Twist It sound is worth 10 points and the Pull It sound is worth 100 points. If the player scored 100 or greater, a victory celebration will be sounded to say that the player has achieved a very good score. The game was re-released in a smaller design in 2002 and used the same audio recordings from the 1997-1999 model but after achieving 200 points, the game would announce the score before sounding the victory celebration. A pen and a keychain was released by Basic Fun in 2000.

Bop It Extreme and Bop It Extreme 2[change | change source]

In 1998, Hasbro copyrighted the instructions to the Bop It Extreme.[3] The game had the same commands from the original Bop It but had 2 new commands which were nicknamed Flick It and Spin It. The highest score was changed to 250 and if the player scored over 150, a victory celebration would be played. At 250, it would trigger a different victory celebration to say that the player has beaten the game. Bop It Extreme become the first Bop It to give the player a comment such as "hey you win, not!" when the player makes a mistake.

In 2002, Hasbro copyrighted the instructions to the Bop It Extreme 2.[4] This game added an additional One on One mode and the score announcing in Solo was changed to using numbers. Bop It Extreme had a pen and a keychain and Bop It Extreme 2 only has a keychain and they were all made by Basic Fun.

Bratz Bop It[change | change source]

In 2004, Hasbro released a Bratz version of Bop It. The highest score in Bratz Bop It was 200. After 100 points, the victory celebration will play after reporting the score.[5]

Bop It Blast[change | change source]

In 2005, Hasbro made Bop it Blast. It was like the original Bop It but it had adjustable arms and the highest score was increased to 500. It had the option to change the voice of the game and for the first time allowed a high score for each game mode. Also, a new Light Bop mode was added.[6]

Bop It Download[change | change source]

In 2006, Hasbro made the instructions for the Bop It Download'.[7] Software can be downloaded from which allows users to record their own voice, upload beats and sounds. Hasbro also made different accent voices. Bop It Download has a highest score of 1000 and 15 difficulty levels.[8] It includes the ability to download beats, and sounds.[7]

Bop It! Shout and Bop It Classic[change | change source]

In 2008, Hasbro made the instructions for the Bop It!.[9] At the 2009 London Toy Fair, Hasbro demonstrated Bop It!.[10] Bop It! has a new optional input, "Shout It," which requires a player to shout into the microphone.[11] The Bop It! has three difficulty levels with "Novice" using only voice commands, "Expert" using a random mix of voice and sound commands, and "Master" calling out voice, sound, and color commands. If the player scores 100 points in either of the less difficult modes, the next most difficult mode is unlocked. Players that achieve a score of 100 points in "Master" mode are considered to have beaten the game.[9] Hasbro also added a multiplayer game called "Party" where all the Bop It commands are replaced with body parts. Plus this was the first game that Hasbro released which has a shutting down notification audio clip which Buddy Rubino will say "I'm going to sleep." before the game turns off..[9] This also happens in Bop It XT, Bop It Smash and Bop It Tetris. In 2013, Hasbro re-released this version without the Shout It and called it Bop It Classic. This version only has Bop It, Twist It and Pull It. Bop It shout was made in a small carabineer version. and only has Solo and scores up to 25.

Bop-It! Bounce[change | change source]

In 2009, Hasbro made a completely different Bop It game and called it Bop-It! Bounce. It has six different games and it comes with an electronic trampoline and a ball.[12]

Bop It! XT[change | change source]

In 2010, the instructions for the Bop It! XT were copyrighted. The Bop It! XT is a newer version of the Bop It Extreme with the same commands but adding a new command, "Shake It". The game was shown at the London Toy Fair[13] and it was out in the Fall of 2011. The Bop It! XT is based on the game play of the Bop It! and adds the "One on One" mode and the extra Pro level. In order to beat Bop It! XT, the player is given a set of three commands to remember with a mix of voice, sounds and color commands, 100 times.[14] In 2013, Hasbro re-released Bop It XT without the Shake It. Bop It XT was also released in a small carabineer.

Bop It! Smash[change | change source]

In 2012, Hasbro released the next version of Bop It with a new concept called Bop It! Smash. It plays similar to an arcade game where the player has to smash the Bop It buttons when the lights are in the middle. in the Solo game, the player can score five points for getting a blue light and one point for getting a green light. Outside the middle there are four orange lights either side. If the player gets an orange light, Buddy Rubino will say "Yow!" (followed by a negative comment such as: "Try harder!") and the player will loose a life. The player can earn one back if they get another blue light, There is a bonus round where the player can get five or more bonus points. It also has two multiplayer modes and they are Pass It and Multiplayer. There is no maximum score in Bop It Smash but the game only says the score up to 999. It can score over 1000 but the game won't say any score that's over 999. The game also has a positive saying when the player has achieved a score that's 151 or higher and the game says "Ladies and gents, that's how it's done.[15]

Bop It Tetris[change | change source]

In 2013, Hasbro accepted a deal with the Tetris Company to make games with the Tetris brand. They are making two games: Jenga Tetris and Bop it Tetris. The game features two types of play: Tetris Marathon and Pass It, and four levels.

The first level is called "Tetris Drop". In this game, the top LCD screen shows the shape and the bottom is filled with random squares. The aim of this level is to drop the shapes onto the bottom LCD screen in an empty space by slamming the top part down. Once the player has completed the puzzle, it will move on to other puzzles. There are eight puzzles in each section and there are four sections in total and each section gets faster and the music changes pitch.

If the player successfully completes all thirty two puzzles, then the player will have chance to add on extra points using the bonus round which happens every time a stage is completed and when a level is completed. The bonus round lasts for forty five seconds. During the bonus round, the bottom screen is filled with squares and the player has to blast many squares as they can by slamming them. Each square is worth two bonus points.

After the Tetris Drop level, it then moves on to the 'Blast' level where the player has to remove one square and drop the other.

Level 3 is called Tetris Double Drop. In this game, the player has to drop two shapes down one after the other.

The final level is called Tetris Shuffle where it mixes Tetris Drop, Tetris Blast and Tetris Double Drop puzzles together.

Each level can also be played seperatley with a 'challenge' mode and can be unlockablee when the player gets to that level during the Marathon.

in the Solo game, if the player achieves a good score, the voice will say "You should have a monument, cuz that was monumental!"

Bop It! Beats[change | change source]

In 2013, Hasbro copyrighted the instructions for the Bop It! Beats. The game was on sale on in December 2013. Bop It! Beats has six actions: Bop It, Spin It, Scratch It, Flip It, Reverse and Repeat. The scratching, the reversing and the spinning commands are done on the turntable. There are five game modes: Classic, Classic Party, DJ, DJ Party and Remix. The game was released to the rest of the world in summer 2014.

The game features two high scores for Classic and DJ . In the Classic mode, the game just plays like a normal Bop It and one command is given at once. In the DJ mode, the game gives out multiple commands and the player has to follow the pattern and complete the pattern. The remix game mode is a freestyle game where the player can do they want until the song ends.

In all game modes apart from remix, if the player has beaten the game or has scored over 200 on Classic, the voice will be very excited and say "Master DJ in the club!"

Bop It Micro Series and Bop It R2D2[change | change source]

Based on the 2008 concepts of the Bop It! Shout, Hasbro copyrighted the instructions to a smaller version called Bop It! Micro Series. The game was released in 2014. Bop It Micro has a similar design to Bop It! Shout, but it has only 2 game modes which are Solo and Pass It. The Shout It command is also removed. The game only has one difficulty level but as the speed progresses, the pitch of the game changes until the player reaches 100 points. In 2015, Hasbro released a Star Wars version called Bop It R2D2. This version plays exactly the same as Bop It Micro but instead it's in the shape of R2D2 and has the voice of C-3PO.

Video Games[change | change source]

In 2009, EA Games made a video game called Hasbro Family Games Night 2 which had Bop It as one of the games that could be played. It is available for the Nintendo DS and the Nintendo Wii.[16]

In 2011, EA Games made an iPhone application which played exactly like the handheld game. It has the same commands from the handheld games and added extra commands which were never invented on the handheld game.[17]

Other websites[change | change source] Bop It Site Bop It Download Site

References[change | change source]

  2. Bop It (1996) Rules and Instructions
  3. Bop It Extreme Rules and Instructions
  4. Bop It Extreme 2 rules and instructions
  5. Bratz Bop It Instructions. Hasbro. 2004.
  6. Bop It Blast Game Instructions. Hasbro. 2005.
  7. 7.0 7.1
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  12. Bop It! Bounce [Rules & Instructions]. Hasbro 2009.
  14. Bop It! XT [Rules & Instructions]. Hasbro. 2010.
  16. Hasbro Family Game Night 2 Wii. IGN. Retrieved 2010-07-07.
  17. Bop It iPhone App