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Giveaway Results: Swinxs Game Console

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Sorry this giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Commenter #105 (Jessica) on winning this cool new game console. Happy Holidays!

I told you that we were offering some amazing giveaways this month and I guarantee that this is one you are going to want to enter!

Today we are giving away a Swinxs Game Console that will be the perfect gaming system…  for the family that does not want to sit in front of the television! It is the first of it’s kind because it is an interactive game that does not use a screen. Once your kids get over the shock that there is no screen (and I am sure my kids will be shocked), they can get ready to have some good old-fashioned fun in a high-tech way.

Without a screen, cords, or controllers to weigh them down, your children can feel free to play one of the ten already loaded games on the console. Games like charades, hide-and-go-seek, tag, and quizzes come installed. Want more games? No problem! Additional games are FREE and can be added by plugging in your unit and visiting the site to keep this console fresh without the additional expense.

Within two months into its U.S. launch, the new family-friendly games pod has received five coveted awards: 1) The 2009 Game of the Year Award in the Electronic Toy category by Creative Child Magazine 2) The National Parenting Center’s 2009 Seal of Approval 3) The Gold Award by the National Parenting Publications Awards 4) The 10 Best Audio Award by Dr. Toy and 5) The 100 Best Children’s Products Award by Dr. Toy. Phew! That is A LOT of awards!

This game console is valued at $150 and would be a worthy addition underneath your Christmas tree!

To enter this giveaway, head over to our review and read all about what this game console has to offer or visit the Swinxs website for more details. Come back here and tell me which feature you think you love the most on this new gaming system. Entries will be taken through Tuesday (11/10) at 8PM EST. Our winner will be drawn at random. Good luck, everyone!

Review: Swinxs Game Console

swinxsIf ever there was a family that was perfect to test out a new game console, then it would have to be our family. With the original Nintendo, the Wii, a Sony Playstation, and a Nintendo DS, we have tried all sorts of gaming platforms for ourselves and for our children.

The new Swinxs Game Console is different than those systems though. What makes it different? There is no television involved and no zoning out to a miniature screen. This game console is as close to a fun board game or an outdoor game as it can be, but has all of the splash of a fun gaming system with new games added all of the time.

Here is a breakdown of what parents will absolutely love about this gaming system.

-         The game console itself is lightweight and portable. It is intended for both indoor and outdoor play. The unit comes with a cord that can be used to add a two-prong (or three prong adapter, depending on your country) to charge in the wall and it can be hooked up to the computer to download new materials for the game console. It does not require additional batteries and requires nothing more than it being plugged into a wall for charging. The console has three buttons and that is it. It is easy to use and easy to set up because of the minimalist approach to the console. This unit is simple and makes it easy to store or to take when you travel somewhere. The only thing that a parent would need to keep track of is the wristbands which are brightly colored and easy to find.

-         There are no hidden and additional costs. Usually when you buy a gaming console you find that it requires additional materials or you constantly have to buy new games to keep it fresh. Just head to the Swinxs Games page and hook your USB cable into your computer to download new and free games. They are constantly updating it and there are no charges to update your system. You have to love that!

-         These games are not mind numbing  and require active play and interaction between friends and family members. Old school games like tag, hide-and-g0-seek, quizzing or trivia, and charades are implemented into this gaming system. The announcer adds humor to each game and the child interacts by waving his wristband over the unit to answer questions or to announce his presence in games like hide-and-go-seek or tag.

-         This would be the hit of every birthday party. Raise your hand if you lack the ambition to set up party games at birthday parties! I know I do! Put the Swinxs in the center of the room and give each child a wristband and let them enjoy the delights of this game inside or send the kids out to play in the backyard and never hear the words, “I’m bored!” again. It can be played solo or you can add up to ten players, although the unit itself comes with four bands and adding more kids would require the purchase of some extra bands.

I will admit though that my kids have yet to test my theories on this system. You will find ours neatly wrapped under the Christmas tree for them. Oh, to have had a camera as my husband and I slipped on our wrist bands and played some rounds of hide-and-go seek and charades late at night while the kids were sleeping…while drinking a little vino. Yes, that was like a little party in a box and kept us entertained for a good hour! Forget the kids, we now have a new date night activity!

In all seriousness, wee can’t wait to share this with them and we can’t wait to share this gaming system with one lucky reader this month.  Skip the mind-numbing games and zoned out gaming system. Get your children this one and watch these old school games come to life in a new way!

Website for More Details: Swinxs

Suggested Retail Price: $150.00

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