New games exercise body and mind
(SAN FRANCISCO, January 30, 2009) – Wild Planet keeps kids active with 1-2-3 Stomp and Hyper Blast, games that challenge the body and mind. Based on the listen-think-move concept behind award-winning predecessors (Hyper Dash, Hyper Jump and Animal Scramble), these new games are high-energy alternatives to sedentary entertainment.
Kids stomp their feet to send numbers flying, and then run to retrieve the numbers as quickly as possible. The games have a base unit with a central launch pad and a speaker that calls out which numbers to run to and pick up. Players must return the numbers to the correct location on the base to receive their next command.
1-2-3 Stomp is for preschoolers, while Hyper Blast is for kids 6 and up. Both games can be played solo or in teams, indoors or out, and neither require a video screen or electrical outlet.
Varying levels of difficulty keep the games challenging as kids’ motor and number skills progress. The games start with basic color and number recognition and advance to more complex commands.
1-2-3 Stomp focuses on early math skills with questions such as “What comes after 7?” or “What comes between 7 and 9?” In both instances the player would run, pick up the number 8 and put it back in the 8-shaped slot on the game’s base. Additional games within 1-2-3 Stomp include 1-2-3 Count With Me, in which kids race to return the scattered numbers in ascending or descending order. There is also the Plus and Minus Game that requires kids to calculate simple addition and subtraction problems.
Hyper Blast offers similar game play, but at a more advanced level. It incorporates double digit numbers and head-to-head challenges, as well as a series of speed games. Team play is competitive in Hyper Blast, which tracks each player’s time and declares a winner. In 1-2-3 Stomp players work together on the same team to achieve a shared score.
1-2-3 Stomp™: a game for preschoolers that promotes physical activity while practicing number and pre-math skills
# of Players: 1-4 / Ages: 3-5 / MSRP: $20 mass / Available: Fall 2009
Hyper Blast™: a numbers game that gives players a physical and mental workout
# of Players: 1-4 / Ages: 6+ / MSRP: $20 mass / Available: Fall 2009
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