A special light pen allows you to visualize the glow in the dark pattern. The light pen also allows you to draw on the Inkoo in the dark. Essentially, it lights up the part of the fabric it draws on for a short duration before fading away. The main Glow in the Dark feature comes from the special fabric the Inkoo is made from. Flip off the lights to see it glow. A little fabric loop on the side of this adorable monster allows you to clip your markers and not lose them.
Overall, Glo Glo Inkoos are super cute! I love the reusable functionality it carries and that you can use any washable markers on it. That makes it worth it in itself.
Before we get into Elite Commandar though, let’s talk about Akomodon ($9.99), another AppGear game that’s compatible with smartphones and tablets. In essence, the app is free. You just have to buy the game pieces in stores to activate features. My particular game had 2 characters. By scanning the QR code on the back, I activated those two characters. I could then play in my adventure with either of those two characters. If I wanted to unlock more characters, I’d have to go to the store and buy a set that had 2 new characters in it. The game was cute, you wander around, collecting items and defeating enemies.
I’ve kept you waiting long enough. Elite CommandAR, here we come! This game is totally phenomenal. You’ve got a plastic toy gun and you download the free app, just like the other one, onto your smartphone. You then assemble the phone holder onto the gun and it safely clips your phone in. Attach the cord that’s hidden beneath the gun barrel to the headphone jack and you’re ready to go.
Boot up the app to find yourself in target shooting area. As you turn your gun, your screen moves with you as if you were right there in the game. So cool! There’s target practice wherein you’re timed and you have to hit a certain number of targets to pass. LOL, I managed to take some pictures and screenshots while I was shooting…haha, pretty good, right? It even had futuristic gun sounds. There’s also a campaign mode and another Amplified Reality Mode where you battle aliens in your own home!
This game I can see people of all ages playing with. LOL, I had a blast with this 360 degree game. In fact, my brother even asked me to bring it home for Christmas so that he could check it out too. There’s a 2 player/multiplayer mode where you can connect with others with the same game.
Overall, AppGear has some pretty neat games. The smaller app games retail for under $10 and Elite CommandAR is $24.99. There’s a holiday special going on right now hwere if you buy 1 elite CommandAR online you get a free Mysterious Raygun ($9.99 value) for US & Canadian orders. Offer expires Dec 14, 2012 at 11:59PM EST. It’ll be automatically added to your order.
Make sure you check out #TBTBHoliday Part 1 where I go over many of the newest toys out this season and the hottest toys to get your kids this year.
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