Hide-And-Seek Jojo is a new toy from Silverlit Toys that plays a high-tech version of hide and seek with kids. Kids take along Jojo's plastic carrot when they hide and the rabbit uses infrared technology to find it. Jojo sings and counts out loud with his long rabbit ears down over his eyes, then he takes off across the floor to find the child.
I like that Jojo can navigate around obstacles easily. He rolled into a wall then backed up, rotated and set off in a different direction. He also has a volume control, which is always a plus. This is one toy that really requires a louder setting, so it's nice that you can turn it down if you're playing in a quiet place.
Unfortunately, Jojo has a couple of problems. I hid several times and he never found me. Once I hid around a corner and Jojo rolled right into the fireplace and sang out, "I found you!" Um...not quite, Jojo! Next I hid behind a chair and he never got within five feet. When I sat on the footstool in the middle of the room with Jojo's carrot he found me brilliantly. Too bad I wasn't hiding!
The instructions suggest hiding in the same room, a mere 12 feet away from Jojo. They also say to avoid "complex paths" and thick carpeting. Essentially if you live in a small roller rink, you're golden. Otherwise, Jojo won't be pleased.
The Hide-And-Seek Jojo toy is a swing and a miss, unfortunately. Toys that don't work well for adults are often even more frustrating for kids.
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