Gya – memory and reflex games from a meteorite

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Big in Japan and threatening to be big over here this Christmas is Gya – a meteorite-shaped gadget that test your memory and your reflexes.

The story of Gya (Japanese for "scream") is typically far-fetched – "a meteorite has landed on earth pre-programmed with addictive games that push a player’s co-ordination, reflexes and memory skills to the limit". What you get is a ball featuring 10 games, each with five levels of difficulty, including memorise the flashing sequence, hunt down the matching pairs, avoid the glowing light source and uncover the hidden buttons. Complete all ten games and go head-to-head with Gya in the final showdown to become a member of the Gya elite. All sounds like an advanced version of Simon to me.

From Tomy, it’s in ships now, priced around £19.99.

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Dave Walker