Last year I introduced your to a robotic ball named Sphero. My children have enjoyed playing with the device, so when we learned Orbotix has released Sphero 2.0, said to be better and faster, we couldn’t wait to try it out! We received Sphero 2.0 from Child’s Play for this review. All opinions are my own.
Robots are cool. They spark imagination and have children and grown-ups a like asking how? why? This is one of the things I love about Sphero. My kiddos play with it, exclaim it is awesome and then want to know how it works. Why does it do this? What happens if ….?
Sphero 2.0 has been like discovering the robotic ball all over again. It’s predecessor sparked the curiosity and Sphero 2.0 is kicking it all up a notch with more speed, more accurate control and more apps.
The first part of controlling Sphero is learning to drive. Take it out for a test drive and learn how it functions.
Miss M takes control:
Li’l Man has played with the Sphero most. So if you are wondering the possibilities, he introduces it to our dog, Bailey Mae!
Beyond the driving games, Sphero 2.0 is a controller itself, allowing you to hold Sphero in your hand and move through games like Dark Nebula, a marble maze stocked with traps.
There are games that allow you to “level up” through a points system for tasks like traveling a certain distance, jumping far. Each level unlocks perks like faster speed for Sphero.
The one thing we don’t like about Sphero and the apps system is that each app must be downloaded to the device separately. Then you have to manually switch between the apps. It would be more fun (and impressive) if it were one app that you could control everything within and switch from the drawing screen to our favorite color grab–it’s a lot like Simon from way back when.
Sphero itself is rugged. It has a durable case that allows it to run into walls, jump ramps, drop down inclines and more. The lights are LEDs and are fantastic hues that grab your attention.
The advancement of Sphero is impressive. Miss M is learning to control her Sphero and then the kiddos are ready for a game of Sphero tag. I’m enjoying the discovery of thought. It’s a great device that offers several options for game play.