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Flare Play discontinued services on February 29, 2016. If you have purchased a Flare Play console through Amazon or any other retailer recently, I advise getting a refund since you cannot do anything with it. You can read more on FlarePlay.com.
We are a HUGE gaming family and love to check out all of the latest games and consoles. The newest game system that we were able to review is called Flare Play. Flare Play is a streaming game kit that simply plugs and plays on your HD TV. Instead of a console that uses discs or cartridges for game play, Flare Play is a micro-console for on demand gaming that offers genres of content including Educational games, Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Sports & Racing, Arcade, and Puzzle & Strategy.
Flare Play Streaming Game Kit
Flare Play offers a catalog of activities that challenge and inspire, suggested for ages 4 – 11 (though our 14 year old enjoys it as well!) 50 games are included with purchase and there is no service contract after the first month of membership. If you decide not to keep your subscription, you will still have access to the 50 included games! Different Game plans offer content from top branded publishers including Disney (12 highly interactive games from Disney/Pixar movies kids know and love, plus 25 Disney e-books (Disney Stories), Warner Brothers titles including the well-loved Lego series (Lego Batman 1, 2 and 3, Lego Harry Potter, Lego Lord of the Rings, Legal Marvel Superheroes and Lego Pirates of the Caribbean) and a whole slew of racing and other interactive games. There is also Educational games and e-books available where titles include Hooked on Phonics. New games are added monthly!
Designed around the needs of each family member, Flare Play offers multiple subscriptions and content channels that fit both individual tastes and family budgets. Members can subscribe to branded channels, purchase and rent individual games, pay on an as-you-go basis, or play selected content for free. With Flare Play, you buy less and play more!
Most of the content on Flare Play is rated E (for Everyone) but, it also includes some carefully selected T (for Teens) titles for the older kids and parents, such as Batman: Arkham Asylum. Our teen was excited to find that title! There is no mature content and 13 of the 200+ titles in their library are rated Teen. In addition, Flare Play is completely walled off from the broader Internet so kids will have no exposure to other gamers outside of their household. With robust parental controls, parents can choose what content is appropriate for each child in their family. You also have the ability to customize profiles with avatars and usernames.
Included in the Flare Play game kit:
- one wireless Bluetooth controller
- FlarePlay Microconsole
- HDMI Cable
- 2 USB Cables
- power adapter
- User Guide
- 1 free month of membership (depending on Game plan selected at checkout)
- Over 50 “included” games – these are free, require no monthly fee, and will work as long as you have the game kit. These 50 titles are rotated monthly so there are always new games to play on your Flare Play Game Kit!
Because Flare Play uses a micro-console, it is completely portable to take with you while traveling or to move to another HD TV in the house easily. To run Flare Play, 6 Mbps is required and 5.0 GHz WiFi is preferred for the optimal gaming experience. You have the option to test your internet and WiFi signal during the checkout process.
We are really enjoying our Flare Play game kit. Two of the kids are playing Disney’s Brave game on it right now as I type this up. I love the Educational game options since they are fun and the kids enjoy learning while having fun. For those really rough homeschooling days, I can simply tell them to do school on their Flare Play…it counts! We did have a few glitches with the controller connecting to the micro-console but it fixed itself quickly and hasn’t been a problem ever since.
For more information and ordering details, visit http://flareplay.com/.
You can find a list of retailers near you here and also find Flare Play on Amazon.com.
Flare Play has an MSRP of $99.99 for the game kit but they are offering a special price on their website, dropping the price to $49.99!
Daily Deals from a Nerd Mom readers can receive an additional 40% off that price by using the code Mommy Blogger at checkout, bringing the initial investment for Flare Play down to $29.99 for the game kit and a free first month of membership! You can select which of the Game plans you want and they start at $4.99 per month.
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