Review – Go Pop! Presto

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Category Speed game, family game

Length 15-30 minutes

Release Date Summer 2022

Player Count 2-4

Price $24.95 MSRP

You might call them “Go Pop!s”; you might call them “Pop-Its”; you might call them “those bubble pop things”… but by now, everyone in America has seen these modern fidget toys. FoxMind has had huge success with their GoPop! line, and has taken the natural next step: to turn bubble-popping into a competition! Let’s take a look.

Review

The idea of Go Pop! Presto is pretty simple. Each player receives a 4×4 square Go Pop!. Someone flips a card, and everyone races to be the first to complete the task on the card first. If you finish first, you indicate as much by grabbing the included squish toy (because why wouldn’t there be one included!?), and score a point. The first player to three (or however many) points wins. The tasks on the cards most often show a pattern of certain bubbles that need to be popped, but also include things like “pop exactly this many bubbles” with no ruling on which bubbles, or require you to pop all bubbles but with a particular finger. 

From that description, it’s clear that Go Pop! Presto is heavily inspired by games like Dr. Eureka and its many spinoffs. However, I have to say that Presto is much more manageable for younger children, without marbles flying everywhere. The box for Presto says ages 6 and up, but I actually bought this for my 4-year-old. She is adopted and has quite a few mild challenges that add up to some big ones. One of those is a sensory processing disorder. Fidget toys like pop-its are great for her and this has been a great game for her to segue into playing board games with me. 

However, that brings me to my only real complaint about this game. She has a “reverse” sensory processing disorder where she wants deep pressure and doesn’t easily feel pain or dizziness. That means she doesn’t really know how to handle cards without destroying them. I greatly appreciate this game’s very low MSRP, but I wish that the task cards were cardboard tiles. With that one change, I would easily recommend this for any kid ages 4 and up, instead of 6 and up as it says on the box. By the time my 8-year-old was 6, we were playing games like Kingdomino, Cat Lady, and so on, and she was already a little old for somethig like this.

For kids who can handle cards fine, though, this is a great introductory board game, with easy “buy-in”, especially if they play with Go Pop! toys already. 

The Bottom Line

A great early game for young children who already enjoy fidgeting with Go Pop! toys.

 

7

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Author: Derek Thompson


I’ve been a board game reviewer on Geeks Under Grace since 2011. I love card-driven games and party games. I have a Ph.D. in Mathematics and teach the subject at Taylor University in Upland, IN. My wife and kids are my favorite gaming partners.