Game Wave

System encourages families to play together.

What parents need to know

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Encourages families to play together.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that buying this system is the same as buying a new DVD player, but with one difference: The system has four unique remote controllers that allow families to play trivia games by competing head-to-head. This is a good fit for families looking to add another DVD player to their household.

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What's it about?

Zapit Games is entering the market of interactive DVD games by offering a new twist to family game playing: a new DVD gaming system called GAME WAVE. The Game Wave system is a DVD player with four unique remotes and comes packaged with the software trivia game 4 Degrees: The Arc of Trivia, Vol. 1; families can purchase two additional remotes ($28), and Zapit Games has released four additional games to play on the Game Wave system, each retailing for $28. With the Game Wave system, family members can compete head-to-head. For example, when playing 4 Degrees: The Arc of Trivia, Vol. 1, all players compete to answer the same question; the system registers how quickly a player answers.

Is it any good?


In addition to being a DVD gaming system, the Game Wave is a regular DVD player. Because the system costs $110, it will appeal most to families looking to pick up a first or second DVD player. We found that the "Open/Close" button on this system was less responsive than typical DVD players; families purchasing the Game Wave will need to be patient and may have to push the button multiple times to insert DVDs into the system.

Twenty years ago families would congregate around a board game to play trivia games. Nowadays, with kids weaned on technology, board games seem tame. Game Wave's combination of music, videos, narration, and multimedia breathes life into trivia games in a way that this new generation can embrace.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about which category of questions they like the best and why. Do parents have an unfair advantage in this type of trivia game?

Game details

Platforms:Game Wave
Available online?Not available online
Developer:ZAPIT Games
Release date:July 19, 2006
ESRB rating:NR for (Game Wave)

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Kid, 9 years old April 9, 2008
Adult Written byjzwhite April 9, 2008
age 0+

Short life span!!

I bought my GameWave for the family for Christmas of 2006. My family loved it. We loved that we could all play at the same time, and that it was educational as well. For Christmas 2007, I spent even more money buying more games, and the extra 2 remotes. THEN IT DIED. The warrany is only good for 90 days, so my advice would be to be careful how much you invest in this product!!!
Parent of a 9 year old Written byLittleOlivia July 30, 2009
age 12+

Family Oriented? Not our family!

I don't know what family this is supposed to be oriented towards, but it isn't ours! The trivia game told my 9 year old daughter "You Suck" when she got an answer wrong. Really family oriented!
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Too much swearing


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