With technology becoming such a vital part of our society today, it is not surprising that most kids enjoy time on the computer. In our house we have two desktops and one of them belongs to my boys. Although there are many games that they enjoy playing online there aren’t many toys that allow they can play with both offline and online. Mechatars are innovative new toys that allow kids to have fun playing with one toy in their home or on the computer.
The Mechatar is akin to a remote controlled robot which allows kids to explore the physical world. The Mechatar’s wireless remote control is an intuitive device that kids can use to guide their robot and complete offline missions and battles. While your kids can explore their world with the Mechatar right out of the box, to complete offline missions and battles the Mechatar must first be connected with its digital world. When the Mechatar is connected to the internet (its digital world) kids can begin exploring the Mechaverse.
To connect the Mechatar to the Mechaverse you connect it to your computer using the included USB cable. Once the cable is connected to your Windows PC the registration page will load and your child can create their account. Once the account is created there is a tutorial that explains the virtual world to your child and they can also explore the Mechaverse. Your account will be loaded with 210 credits which can be used to purchase new weapons at the online “store”.
During game play your child will enter battles which can be won with the use of strategy. There are 8 elements which control the natural flow of life in the Mechaverse. The weapons in the Mechaverse are each infused with an elemental power which gives the weapon a unique advantage in battle. Once it battle the elements are a critical part in determining how powerful a particular attack is. The goal of the Mechaverse is for kids to work together with their Mechatars to defeat the evil Swarm.
If your child and their friend both have a Mechatar they can use their remote controls to battle each other in offline game play. Once your child gains experience in the Mechaverse and in online battles they can unlock missions to play offline using their Mechatar and remote control.
The online game is free for kids even if they don’t have a Mechatar robot. Beginning in October 2011 you will have the option to purchase Mechra (online currency for the Mechaverse) to obtain elite weapons and missions.
When I accepted this Mechatar review I though it would be great for my 7 year old son. My son was excited to play with the Mechatar and as a remote controlled robot he really enjoys it. My son has not learned to read yet so he found the online game to be a bit frustrating. I sat there with him and read the tutorial to him and even I found the game to be confusing. There is a lot to remember for your child to feel that they are successful in the game. My son quickly lost interest in the online game so he didn’t care to try the offline missions. The offline battles seem like a fun idea if your kids have friends who also have a Mechatar. Although Mechatars are recommended for 6-10 year old kids, I think they would be better suited for the 9-13 age range. The graphics in the online game are great but I found that the game does use a great deal of my computer’s memory.
Mechatars are available in three different characters – Wrexx (red), Kodar (blue) and Alpha (green). Each Mechatar character has it’s own unique traits. Mechatars can be found at stores such as Target, Amazon, Radio Shack and online at www.iloverobots.com for a MSRP of $39.99.
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Final Thoughts – Mechatars have a lot of potential to be a really fun toy for tween boys and I appreciate that there is no chatting and no forums on the website so that kids can’t get themselves into trouble. I think the online game is a bit too complicated but my son does enjoy playing with the robot around the house. Overall I would give Mechatars 3/5 stars.
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