I am always looking for that great educational toy that keeps my kids attention while getting them off the couch! I thought I would find that in the Smart Cycle. It is a gaming system that looks like a bicycle and hooks directly to your television set. You peddle while using a joystick that is attached to the handlebars along with three other buttons, and by the handle grips you have a horn button as well as a snap shot button add to your options of fun! There are several games you can buy separately to keep their enthusiasm going for hours on end.
My kids even like to hop on and just take a ride while I am using my excercise bike! The graphics are not wonderful considering the technology available in today's world but they are acceptable. Games include many Disney and Nickelodeon titles such as Dora the Explorer and Cars that the little ones absolutely adore. The games also connect to a key chain like hook for easy access and storage so that you can find them easily and prevent them from getting lost by little players. My five year old daughters favorite is Spongebob, it is very easy to follow and she caught on right away how to maneuver the joystick and peddle controllers. Games teach everything from Math skills and Spelling to shapes, colors and matching for the younger ones.
There are downsides to this gaming system however. It only runs on D cell batteries which do not last long and can be costly. We purchased the rechargeable style to help save on costs. It does drain them at a pretty fast rate as well. Lasting about 5 hours of game play per battery load. The other not so great quality is the size and bulkiness of the system, it takes up a lot of space and you probably won't want it sitting out all the time so finding a large closet space or basement to store it in while not in use is necessary. Games are also difficult to find as I was told by a Meijer employee that it was considered a "Seasonal" item so they do not keep large stock on it other than during the holidays.
All in all it is not a bad gaming system, but I would definitely try to find it on sale and not pay full price. It is a great way for the kids to play their video games, feed their mind with educational fun, and get some excercise all while having fun doing it!