Product Reviews
Take Action

Save Net Neutrality

Preserve an open internet where you can access websites without barriers. Make your voice heard by standing up for net neutrality.
Take Action
Why Do We Have Campaigns?
We're fighting to ensure you and your family can get a fair deal in the marketplace, especially on the choices that matter most: health care, privacy, automobiles, food, finances and more. Join our campaigns and together, we'll hold corporations and lawmakers accountable.

Toy Fair 2012: Hasbro zAPPed games mix Apple devices into board games

Consumer Reports News: February 13, 2012 09:38 AM

At Toy Fair 2012, Hasbro showed some of its classic board games—Battleship, Monopoly, and The Game of Life—mashed up with the Apple iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch to add multimedia interactivity.

After purchasing the game, you download the game's app to your iPad, and place it on your game board. Each game piece is individually identified by the iPad so it can track players' progress in the game. In Monopoly, for example, the device becomes the bank; players scan bank cards to add or take away money from their individual accounts. (Beware, chronic Monopoly cheaters!) Monopoly zAPPed arrives in June.

The zAPPed version of The Game of Life integrates clips from "America's Funniest Videos" as well as a virtual spinner. It is available now, at $24.99. And in Battleship zAPPed, the iPad screen becomes the playing surface. You'll place your game piece on the screen, and the iPad recognizes it and tracks its movements. Battleship zAPPed comes in September.

Testing tablet computers for kids
Kids' cameras reviewed

For more news and reviews, see our guide to Video games, consoles & tech toys.

Carol Mangis

E-mail Newsletters

FREE e-mail Newsletters! Choose from cars, safety, health, and more!
Already signed-up?
Manage your newsletters here too.

Electronics News


Cars Build & Buy Car Buying Service
Save thousands off MSRP with upfront dealer pricing information and a transparent car buying experience.

See your savings


Mobile Get Ratings on the go and compare
while you shop

Learn more