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Saturday, September 14, 2013

KRE-O CityVille Invasion Marina Madness Review

I've been a BzzAgent for like forever. If you're not familiar with them, they are a word-of-mouth marketing company. You sign up for a campaign, they send you the product, and then you tell the world about it. Their latest campaign I signed up for is for the Marina Madness set from the KRE-O CityVille Invasion collection.

If you aren't familiar with KRE-O, they're in the same market as LEGO, but KRE-O offers sonic motion technology. In other words, the bricks move. We're not talking LEGO Mindstorms here. There is a battery-operated controller brick if you want to call it that. When on, the base brick emits sound waves, causing movement from the bricks that aren't connected / bolted down. Cool technology, but can be a little loud.

After opening up the box, and all the little parts bags, my son and I put the set together. The product is rated 6-12 and requires a strong builder at the younger age. While my son can put together some of the easier bits of his LEGO sets, he needed help here. Everything just seemed a little smaller, though physically they're the same size as LEGO and interchangeable.

There is an associated mobile phone app in the app store for both iPhone/iPad and Android. We didn't play it as it is rated for a higher age group. The set does include a card with a code to unlock something in the game.

It is obvious to compare the KRE-O set to a Lego set. Some differences. When building Lego sets, there will be multiple bags. Each bag contains all the parts necessary to build one item or set of items, and you don't need parts from other bags. With KRE-O, you open up all the bags, throw all the pieces together, then pull out the bricks you need. Another difference, it is difficult to get some bricks apart. And lastly, I had too many extra bricks left at the end. 

The Marina is just one part from a series of buildings making up CityVille. You might recognize the CityVille name as KRE-O comes out of a partnership between Hasbro and Zynga, the online gaming company.

Overall, we like the KRE-O set.The motion is a great addition to an otherwise stationary setup. Great play value as not only do parts move from sound waves, but you have the truck and police boat pieces to help with, too.

DisclosureI received the above mentioned product for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions stated are my own and may differ from yours. See my disclosure policy for more information. 


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