DropMix Music Gaming System
Product Description"DropMix lets you play music like never before! In collaboration with the creators of Rock Band and Dance Central, this fast-paced music mixing game gives you a new way to collect, discover and combine favorite tracks. Compete with your friends (up to 4 players) and create unexpected song mixes! Keep the music pumping with 3 ways to play: freestyle, clash, and party.
The DropMix Music Gaming System includes the DropMix board and 60 DropMix cards, and the free downloadable app controls the game. The included DropMix cards let you mix songs from top artists, including: Bruno Mars, Childish Gambino, Disturbed, Ed Sheeran, Imagine Dragons, Sam Hunt, Sia, The Weeknd, and more. Look for Discover Packs and Playlist Packs to expand the mix possibilities with more DropMix cards! (Each sold separately. Subject to availability.)
DropMix requires a compatible iOS or Android mobile device (sold separately) and the free downloadable DropMix app. (Not available in all languages/countries. Please ensure the app is available in your country of download. See Dropmix.com for further details.)
Developed in collaboration with Harmonix Music Systems, Inc., creators of Rock Band and Dance Central. DropMix and all related terms are trademarks of Harmonix Music Systems, Inc. Hasbro and all related terms are trademarks of Hasbro.
DropMix app required. App images shown are not final. Actual images will differ. Device not included. App available through December 31, 2019. DropMix app works with select iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. Updates affect compatibility. Check dropmix.com for details. Not available in all languages/countries.
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- Developed with Harmonix, creators of Rock Band and Dance Central
- Fast-paced music mixing game that lets you create unexpected song mixes
- Keep the music pumping with 3 ways to play: Freestyle, Clash, and Party
- Includes 60 DropMix cards featuring music from top artists and popular songs
- Requires free DropMix app, available in select countries: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Macau, Mexico, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, UK, USA
- Recommended ages: AGES 16+4 x 15V AA alkaline batteries required Not included
Top ReviewsUnbelievably impressive technical achievement, but low replay value as an actual game
by illnoise (4 out of 5 stars)
November 20, 2017
It's really impressive how it works, both musically and technically, and at first it's a lot of fun to play with family and guests, but for the cost, I wish there'd been a couple more decks of cards included, there are many cards but some overwhelm others, and you'll be pretty sick of "Chandelier" and "Call Me Maybe" in no time (if you're not already!) We had to hide the "Down with the Sickness" card, because, ugh. (ha)
But there are a few REALLY great songs like Scenario and It's Tricky and of course no one's going to like all the songs included, the real problem is that within an hour of playing it, you'll really be wanting more cards, and they're pretty expensive, and when you look at the sets, they all have some real winners and some real duds, song-wise, and parts of the same songs are mixed between decks.
It's pretty great, but if a friend already has it, don't buy another one, they'll be happy to lend it to you a couple weeks after they get it, especially if you offer to buy some more cards.
Very impressive piece of technology.
by Mr. E (4 out of 5 stars)
February 8, 2018
You need a smartphone or preferably a tablet to go along with this. You also need a bluetooth speaker. The better the speaker, the better this sounds obviously.
Real simply you have a bunch of cards that contain parts of popular songs. For example one card might be a drum beat from RUN DMC "It's Tricky" another card might be the horn section from Cake's "Short Skirt Long Jacket" another might be vocals from an Ed Sheeran song. Lay the cards on the tray and they make a song. Lay cards on top of a card already down and it overrides that card always playing the music from top card. It works surprisingly fast and flawless.
The set includes 60 music cards that are similar to a trading card like Pokemon. Out of the 60 we had one that simply did not work and one was missing. I did not feel like returning the whole kit at the time as we were having so much fun with it and they were sold out to send me a new one. Now it is simply too late and I forever will be two cards short. We bought a whole bunch of additional sets of add on cards and they have all been accounted for and worked.
This can be operated in freestyle mode or played as a game against other people.
The freestyle mode is awesome. You simply lay down cards making songs. The tone and BPM can be changed. Mixes you really like can be saved and shared. Something really satisfying about finding the perfect drum beat or guitar riff to go along with the song you are building.
Honestly, the actual game is not very fun in my opinion. We have played it multiple times but just have more fun in the freestyle mode. This kind of hurts the overall product as nobody really has any interest in using this as a competitive game. The freestyle mode is tons of fun at first but it kind of gets played out until you buy new cards to try.
Overall I am happy with the purchase and do not regret owning it.
I enjoy this game very much and the first time you ...
by Jinja (5 out of 5 stars)
December 25, 2017
I enjoy this game very much and the first time you lay down the cards onto the game board it's really like magic how instantaneous the music starts to play. The main game is basically about area control with deck building elements. You and your opponent are fighting to take over spaces with different color coded cards. Playing certain cards next to each other will get you more points and getting control of an entire field will score you a big bonus; the game does indeed require strategy. The app does a terrific job of explaining how to play the game and keeping track of everything from your score to the amount of cards that are supposed to be in your hand. Anyone can learn and jump in to play within minutes.
I gave the game five stars, however, I do have a major problem with the game and it's the music aspect of it. The music does not really work into the actual gameplay of it and I wish they intergrated the music element more into the game. I could easily turn off the volume of the game and still play and from a gameplay perspective the game wouldn't change. Now, the music does indeed make the game a lot cooler, but I am strictly talking about gameplay. Since the game requires an application to play I can see them maybe updating the gameplay or adding new modes later on.
The game at the end of the day is a unique party game that can be played with people who are more hardcore, but also be enjoyed by casual or non gamers. I could easily see this as a gateway game into other board and card games.
Fun with some gamer-minded caveats!
by Elle (3 out of 5 stars)
July 6, 2018
I am a gamer, specifically rhythm gamer. I enjoy DJ hero, DDR, board games and card games. First, I am very impressed by the sheer mechanics of this game. It ability to make you feel like a DJ crossed with a Magician is pretty incredible. This game was fun but there are definitely some flaws in its longevity and some game-play aspects. The rules are not made straight forward in the rule book and we watched a youtube video to fill in some details -- specifically you need to play cards that are all the same "suit" vs dealing out cards. There is also a flaw when it comes to accidentally placing cards out of turn -- the app gives the point to the opposing team and there is no way to undo it. So if you arent paying attention, you'll pay for it. Surprisingly the cards/songs can get old really fast, like after a handful of games. They really did a great job in terms of making you want/need the expansion packs, but since I've dropped a pretty penny on this game, I am hesitant to go out right away and grab an expansion for $15. But if I dont, I dont see myself playing it as much. On the flip side, I see some longevity if you are hosting a youthful (or not so youthful) party and you hook the game up to some decent speakers. You can start the party with your own mix and leave the cards out to have other people casually change up the groove to the party. I think it would be a nice mashup to refresh those summer hits that everyone knows, but also a cool party gimmick that will boost your guests experience! Finally, I just worry about the cards getting bent and how that works with the system--but thats with any game. All in all, I am somewhat happy with purchase, but I need to find ways to use it more because the game-play alone wasn't fulfilling, but the messing around with family and friends just to feel like a DJ was pretty fun!
Taking little bits from different songs and combining them together is just so fun and magical that
by Ben C (5 out of 5 stars)
October 10, 2017
This toy/game/gadget is one of the most impressive things I've ever seen. Every friend I've shown it to has been blown away. If you feel blasé about technology this will jolt you awake. Taking little bits from different songs and combining them together is just so fun and magical that would almost be reason enough to shell out for this admittedly expensive game. But as if that weren't enough, there's also two quite fun game modes to play as well. And I'm hoping they'll continue to explore what they can do with this setup and add more game modes in the future.
You get a good collection of songs out of the box but the business model is quite devious in it's temptations. If you want to buy more cards (which are currently very difficult to find) you'll end up paying about a buck a card, largely for a single part of a song. In an age when a whole song costs that much online that seems absurd but you're really paying for the chip in the card plus the technology and time Harmonix put into making each sample work so well with every other one. It's pretty difficult to find a bad sounding mix in this game, that's what makes it all so impressive.
I'm betting this will be a big hit this Christmas, especially if Hasbro wises up and starts marketing more towards adults. I haven't seen any advertisement of the game and NO store clerks know what it is. Moreover a lot of the songs will appeal more to adults due to their nostalgic/classic selection. Still everyone needs to try this game out!
Ultimate party game
by M. Johnson (5 out of 5 stars)
March 22, 2018
If you have friends over, prepare to blow their minds with this masterpiece. The game switches the key as well as beats per minute depending on the cards placed down, creating on the fly mixes that no one would ever think about. Call Me Maybe with Disturbed - Down With the Sickness? Mwha *Kisses fingers.
There are 2 actual game modes to this but I wouldn't recommend it. It's more of a game they added to make it for people that require rules / goals. I personally enjoy freestyle for the adventures of mixing and matching different samples for hours on end. I will say there is a limit to how much enjoyment you get out of this so playing it by yourself would only have a few hours of game-play before you put it away and rarely use it again. But each time I have someone over and they play this game they instantly want to buy it and all expansions they can find.
The expansions come with 15 cards plus 1 bonus mystery card. The EDM pack bonus card was the Doctor Who Theme song. They also have 5 card packs. (Series 1 and 2 currently available with 6 five-card sets in each series) None of the cards are random and to determine what is inside each card set you have to look up online based off the picture on the front. I would definitely recommend the hip hop expansion as well as the pack in the first series that has a set of pink headphones (Europe - Final Countdown wildcard is inside) Unfortunately you can not select individual packs on amazon as all sets in the series are sold together (expansions can be bought online though) so you would have to go to a retail store and select them by looking at the picture.
by Manny (1 out of 5 stars)
December 1, 2018
Be careful buying this, apparently it doesn't work for newer devices and just stays stuck in a firmware update loop. Support was of no use and hasbro refuses to update to fix this issue. Tried on a galaxy note 9
Accomodates competitive or casual play for 1-5 players and plays well for many age ranges
by W. Wehrs (4 out of 5 stars)
January 31, 2019
Something I learned quickly about this game: you will dance, whether or not you intend to do so, whether you are sitting or standing, and regardless of whether you're playing solo or in the presence of others. You - yes, you - will dance. Something else I've witnessed: everyone wants to tinker even if they don't want to "play" by rules. Kids as young as five play freestyle using colors, which brings in parents and grandparents who can't help reaching in as well, and the group of teens, tweens, and millennials who hear songs they know being played in new arrangements actually look up from their cell phones (consider that a victory).
This game can be a great thing to have around the house to pass time solo, serve as inspiration for music, or to keep people entertained at a party. It all depends on the mode you are in, which requires some explanation of the game mechanics.
The base unit has five spaces where cards can be played, each with a low-energy near-field communication reader. Each slot has one or two colors associated with it using stickers and lights up on either side of the card play area. A button at the foot of the board syncs it with a phone or tablet and has other function during game mode. The head of the board has a notch to hold the phone or tablet you're using for control and display.
Each card wraps an enclosed microchip that matches musical tracks. The card features unique art, the artist and title of the music on the chip, and color-coded indicators of what the music or sound is. Different color cards will represent the different tracks that are mixed together to produce a song. Play all the cards of a given song to hear it as per usual. Create a karaoke version of the song by removing the vocal track. Mix it up by putting the rhythm track of "Call Me Maybe" with the keyboards from Sia's "Chandelier" and the vocals of "Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy". Use the contols to change the key or tempo to get inspired for a unique take on a song... Cards may also be colorless or rainbow, meaning they may be played anywhere on the board. Colorless cards produce effects while rainbow cards have all tracks for their song.
Cards also have a value of 1-3, represented by bars in the upper lefthand corner. This is the card's rank and combines with the color to determine where they may be played and how heavily they will influence the mix. Powerful cards can drastically alter key or speed, giving your favorite song a new sound as it slows way down and uses all new notes.
There were three play modes when Dropmix was introduced, but an update in August 2018 introduced puzzle mode. Here is what I would recommend for new players and game owners:
1) freestyle mode - anyone can pick up cards and play them, matching colors to the board. It's hassle-free, lets anyone who can tell colors apart play, and still produces some fun mixes. Make music and have fun, or try out new cards.
2) party mode - the players (2-5) put cards into slots attempting to cooperate and earn the highest score as a group. Color limitations still apply, but players are restricted to play only equal or higher level cards on cards already in play. So if the slot nearest the foot of the board has a level 2 blue card, only level 2 or 3 cards may be played on it - but since it's the only slot to play green cards, tying it up with a blue level 3 means you can only play level 3 cards from that point on, making placement of green cards problematic. Luckily there are times the game will prompt you to press the Dropmix button and a virtual spinner is triggered, allowing you to clear some (or all) card slots so it's easier to keep going.
3) puzzle mode - this solitaire mode presents five queues that align with the card play areas on the board. The player finds the combination of color and level to try to clear the queues before the timer puts more blocks in them.
4) duel/competitive mode - in a matchup of 1 vs 1, 2 vs 2, or even 1 vs 2, players try to take control of the board and earn points. Control of a playing slot is indicated by the side of the board lit and is changed by playing legal cards (subject to color and level) or by using the Dropmix button to force your opponent to clear card positions they control. Points are scored by playing your own team's cards and it's possible to earn bonus points by playing into colors or slots the game display is highlighting. Colorless cards have special abilities; they don't score points themselves but can force cards to be cleared, allow extra actions on your team's turn, add bonus points to your score, let you draw extra cards, take points away from a team, etc. For tournament competition, mix your hip hop deck with the hard rock and a few from the country playlist, make sure you're in compliance with tournament rules for points allowed in a deck, and hit the board. Competitive deck building can be as serious as you are.
Dropmix requires a few things to play, including batteries and a Bluetooth enabled device with which to sync. You may also want to find a speaker to pair with your tablet to get a nice, rich sound everyone can groove to, and you can preserve and share mixes you really like to the online community.
Warning: you will end up buying extra music, so keep some cash on hand for the playlist packs.
Very unique game, totally worth trying
by Ryott (5 out of 5 stars)
July 6, 2019
I bought Dropmix for my seven year old son to play by himself. I would have not found it worth it at its original MSRP, but now that it often sells at a 60%+ discount, it is totally worth it.
You will need a phone (or table) at all times to play this game, since the board does not have its own "intelligence" and speakers - it uses the phone's app for that. The idea of the game is that you have many cards for different beats, vocals, etc. Once you place a card in the board, this will be added to the mix, and change the music that is being played.
I was shocked at how well the music blends together, does not matter what you throw into the board. My son can play for hours just trying the cards, or playing the solitaire mode. It hits that right spot where he is having the fun of playing some electronics (similar to a regular App), but without being absorbed purely on a screen, as he also needs to play with the cards and the board.
So far I have only purchased one playlist pack, and because it was at a very good discount. I feel the base game has enough cards to have some casual fun.
Overall, if you like the concept (making mixes with the cards), the execution of the game will not disappoint you!
This game deserves way more attention than it got. It's so much fun!
by Joe C (5 out of 5 stars)
May 21, 2018
I'm so disappointed that this game didn't get as much publicity and attention as it should have. I feel like if it had been promoted better, they would release a lot more songs for the game. I only bought it based off of an article I read about it being an "under the radar" game worth checking out, and I'm quite glad that I did. I bought two of the 16-card expansion packs when I bought the game board, and I loved it so much that I went out and bought several more to expand my deck collection. I plan on getting all of the remaining expansions as well (except maybe for the $100/card PAX specialty promo cards! Yikes!)
It IS a bit of an expensive investment unless you get it on sale, but it's well worth the investment. While it is marketed as a "gaming system" I feel like that's a bit confusing. It's not a "gaming system" like the Xbox or Playstation is a gaming system, as you can't play other games on it -- but it also doesn't require one of those systems to play it, like Rock Band or Guitar Hero does. It's a self contained game with an electronic board, like Battleship or Operation, but I wouldn't call either of those games "gaming systems" either. You do need a phone or tablet to play it (to show the game animations, play the music, keep score, etc.), but that can also be hooked up to external speakers by bluetooth or the devices headphone cable port. Having it LOUD is GREAT!
The "versus" modes are good fun, and give the game some focus, but honestly I'm happy just to sit around and remix songs for hours on end! The mixes are mostly seamless (unless you just rip a card off the board without timing it right!), and mostly quite good! We've experienced very few 'painful mixes,' but even those can be corrected by manually adjusting the tempo or pitch, or just trading out the ill-fitting card for another one.
While playing it with some friends the other night, we had a party idea... plug DropMix into the stereo, and let the party guests just add/remove cards throughout the evening.
If you like music, if you like table games, if you like unusual games, or are just impressed by the thought of a gameboard skillfully mixing Carly Rae Jepson's vocals with the bassline from Black Eyed Peas, the guitar lick from Michael Jackson, and the horns from Cake, then definitely pick up a copy of this game.
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