Eldest has gone ever so slightly potty for this toy, he does not seem to mind going on time out anymore because with this battle arena based in his bedroom he has more time to play on it when he is up there for his six minutes! Six minutes when he can hog it completely to himself without sharing with his brother…
There are flashing lights, sounds and a section to slot in a figure each side. On the arena are steps you can stand a few additional players to watch as the battle commences.
I am not quite sure if I understand the rules but eldest seems to frantically push the button then push his platform forward with the hope its says he is the winner! During that time there are a series of colourful attack images on the screen in the middle of the arena, I noticed the odd firework display too!
An example of an attack on the screen:
Not impressed when he loses but good for him to learn to be more gracious you cannot always be the winner.
But soon cheers up again when he wins again!
I think if you’re a Pokémon fan the battle arena is a must, because then you have more scope to play with your figures. It can be played in two player or one player (against the computer) mode which is handy if you have more than one child or if you are an only child then you can still get battle ready and just show the computer who is the boss!
I think the game might not offer much in the way of educational value, but it does seem an active game, which is good, eldest gets very caught up in the game and trying to be the winner! I think it’s also useful for imaginative play as eldest enjoys deciding what the pictures on the battle floor depict, what type of attack and of course you can have all the other characters cheering on the winner or commiserating the loser.
The battle arena is very simple to set up; you practically take it out of the box and its pretty much ready to play with. The instructions explain the game play and the options of quick play or battle mode. Eldest seemed to come up with his own version by just seeing what the game was capable of. I left him to it, if he is happy and occupied and not fighting his brother then life is good in the Missing Sleep household. So I would recommend the Battle Arena for that reason alone…
You can find out more on the TOMY website. The Battle Arena has an RRP of £49.99.