Guitar play inspires passion at all ages - Used to be kids would watch their favorite rock stars and try to match their moves wailing away on an air guitar, but with today's technology even the youngest fan can take a lick at "real" guitar play. Video games and play guitars have made the instrument accessible to everyone, but this holiday season Mattel's (NYSE: MAT) I Can Play Guitar, featuring a unique plug & play learning system, brings the real magic home with the help of Nickelodeon favorite Drake Bell.
Just as Drake launches his solo career with a summer tour and a starring role in "College," to be released March 2008, he's working with Mattel to help kids make their rock star fantasies come true. The plug and play learning system makes playing the guitar as easy and fun as playing a video game. It looks just like a real electric guitar, but features color-coded finger position buttons on the frets and abbreviated strings, perfect for small hands. Kids simply follow along with the fun games and visuals on their TV screens, matching color-coded images on the screen to the buttons to jam like rock stars in no time.
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The motto for the Mattel Mindflex Game is "Think it. Move it. Believe it." Those who believe in psychic powers or telekinesis will enjoy the game at one level, while those who are firmly grounded in science and logic will appreciate it on another level.
"Think it" explains how the game is played. It moves ball with a fan that is powered by your ability to concentrate. The fan receives this information via a headband device that transmits the power of your brainwaves to the game unit.
"Move it" refers to using your mind to, ultimately, make the ball move. You use the power of your mind to raise and lower the ball, and use your hand to adjust the position of the fan, allowing the ball to move left and right. At first it's a bit foreign trying to focus the mind, but once the ball rises just a little bit, you're hooked!
"Believe it" is exactly what you'll do once you harness the power of your mind to move the ball. Soon everyone will be amazed at your "powers" to maneuver the Mindflex ball in different ways. Then they will want to try it, too.
The game comes with nine different obstacles that can be arranged in dozens, if not hundreds, of variations. You can also play Mindflex without any obstacles for an easier game, or less competitive experience.
5 game variations can be selected. Freestyle is perfect for beginners. The obstacle course is more advanced (though it's customizable based on how challenging you want it to be). Other variations of the Mindflex Game include: Chase the lights, mental marathon, danger zone, and thoughtshot.
Mindflex makes a wonderful gift for anyone interested in the powers of the mind or looking for a unique game that mystifies as it entertains. In short, it's sure to be a hit for just about anybody on your holiday shopping list, but you better hurry, because once the word gets out this game will be flying off the shelves.
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