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Ultra Dash


Manufacturer: Interplay
RRP: £19.99
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Ages: 6+
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Product Code: GP004
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Move fast when the colours flash! Set out the targets to design your course, press the button on the tagger to choose your game, and then race to match the colour of the flashes with the targets! There are 3 Game modes: Beat the Clock, Target Tally and Relay Race – it’s a different game each time you play...!

Ultra Dash, is a little like a physical version of the classic Simon game from the late '70s. You have a tagger (a baton shaped item) and five different coloured targets (which act as pods). The idea is to spread the targets out and when the tagger flashes a certain colour you have to place it into the corresponding target, at which point the colour on the tagger will change and you have to match it to the next coloured target.

The great thing about this game is that not only can it be played by one or a group of players, but it can be played in a small space or on a football pitch. Simply putting the targets in front of you on the floor, you can play a stationary version of the game, or you can place the targets at different points in your garden or room... or one in each room of your house (which adds an additional fun element of trying to remember which room houses which coloured target).

The tagger needs to be inserted into the target for it to register as being tagged (which stops cheating of running up to the target and pretending you've tagged it).

There are three game modes (which can be changed on the tagger):

Beat the Clock: is a game where you have to hit all five targets as fast as you can. This can be played as a single player game or with friends (simply chose the correct option on the tagger). For single player mode, once you've tagged all five targets in the correct order your completed time is displayed - and you can continue to try to beat that score. When in multiplayer mode, after each player finishes their time is displayed and then when all players have finished all of the times are displayed so you can see who won.

Target Tally: Another single of multiple player game, here you can choose the length of time you want to play for and try to tag as many targets in the allocated time as possible.

Relay Race: This is a multiplayer game that allows you to choose the number of players per team, who then take turns to race to hit five targets before passing it to the next player.

The tagger requires 3 x AAA batteries (not included). It's a fun and engaging game that can be played by the young, the old. And the fact that you can play as a single player or as a large group makes this one item that should be in everyone's game library.


Darren Rea

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