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Bop It! was one of the wackiest toys to come out of the 1990s (and that’s saying something!) Its simple yet addictive fun factor made the toy an instant hit. While most 90s kids would enjoy the challenge the toy offered for a brief spell, many can’t help but wonder if it was possible to actually beat Bop It!, and if so, what the highest score was? Let’s find out…
Almost 20 years before Flappy Bird was driving kids (and adults) insane with frustration, we had a game called Bop It!. If you ever played Bop It!, then its signature sound effects and obnoxious voice commands “Twist It, Pull It, Bop It” were forever seared into your brain as you made (another) final attempt to beat your high score.
For most 90s kids, Bop It! was just another novel distraction we wasted far too much time trying to master. But what about the chosen few who did master it? Did the game really end? What’s the highest score possible?
Prepare to Read It! and Learn It! as we answer all your burning Bop It! questions below.
Thanks to the toy’s notorious difficulty, you could be forgiven for asking, “can you beat Bop It?”
Well, yes, with enough free time, you can conquer Bop It!.
The original Bop It! had a maximum possible score of 100 points, which means that if you scored that many on the Solo Bop game mode, you could consider yourself to have beaten the game.
However, later editions of Bop It! would raise the stakes. In the early 2000s, Bop It! Extreme and Bop It! Extreme 2 would have maximum scores of 250 points for their solo mode. In 2005, Bop It! Blast would increase the maximum score to an eye-watering 500 points.
2009’s reimagining of the toy has a solo game mode where, after scoring 100, it automatically unlocks the next level (going from Novice to Expert to Master).
Since the originally Bop It! only went up to 100 points, it’s still relatively achievable for most people, so there’s no world record. However, world records have been recorded for later, more difficult editions of the toy.
Released in 2012, Bop It! Smash is a unique variant of the game where scoring relied on smashing the two buttons on either end of the toy as a light passed between different zones. After beating four rounds, the game goes into a bonus round, where players can score up to 105 points.
However, it was possible to exploit a glitch in the game’s programming and score over 1000 points.
The current world record for Bop It! Smash is 1070 points and was achieved by Sam Locke in 2015. Locke also set the previous world records of 1005, 784, and 696 (while we think he’s the only one trying, it’s still pretty impressive!)
The other version of Bop It! we have a world record for is Bop It! Tetris. Like Bop It! Smash, this version of the toy didn’t require players to respond to a voice command but instead displayed a puzzle on a screen that players had to figure out with the right actions.
Again, like Bop It! Smash, there was a bonus round after each stage known as the Marathon mode, where players could earn over 800 points.
What’s the world record for Marathon mode, you ask? It’s 866, set by none other than Sam Locke back in 2020. Just like he did with Bop It! Smash, Locke moved up with successive high scores over the years.
With its iconic steering wheel-like design, 1998’s Bop It! Extreme is perhaps the version we all remember best. Along with the original three “Pull It!,” “Twist It!,” and “Bop It!” commands, it also featured “Flick It!” and “Spin It!” and quickly became a best-selling toy.
You could choose either group or solo versions of the Vox Bop or Beat Bop game modes. Vox Bop shouts the commands at you, while with Beat Bop mode, you need to listen for audio cues (“Pull It!” is a slide-whistle, “Twist It!” is a cranking sound, etc.)
Unlike Smash and Tetris, Bop It! Extreme doesn’t have a way to go beyond its maximum of 250 points, so there’s no world record. However, there is this incredible video of a 10-year-old casually hitting the max and putting your Bop It! skills to shame:
Looking at those world records and feeling a little unaccomplished in your life? Well, it’s never too late to up your Bop It! game and become, perhaps, as good as the legendary Sam Locke himself.
Okay, we’re just kidding with that last one. While we’re joking around, check out this hilarious spoof of Bop IT! by Studio C:
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As if Bop It! needed to be any harder. Well, if you’re feeling truly masochistic, you could always play it blindfolded. Better yet, put on some sound-canceling headphones and play it purely on instinct.
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