Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Mind Control or Skin Control? The Mindflex from Matel

The Mindflex strikes me as one of those games that are so cool but after a day and a half you're done with it.

The proposition is simple - use the power of your mind to control a ball going through a 3D maze.

In reality you use a head band that measures something (skin reaction, alpha waves, whatever) and then alters the air flow under a ball. The ball goes up and down as you turn an obstacle course.

The reviews on Amazon are mixed - some love it and some are disappointed it's not as cool as it sounds.

My view is that it is cool, but you should expect to use it with a group for the most fun, or get it out occasionally on family game night.

It has a rating of 3.7 stars on Amazon as of 11/4/09.

Here are some quotes from the reviews:

  • Great for my autistic son
  • Fun for kids, but not for adults
  • Mind bending fun Fun challenge for everyone
  • Great gift
  • Novelty value, not worth the money
  • Fun but only for a short time

You can read the reviews here.