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  • First-ever gaming handheld that connects to the computer so kids can customize both gaming and learning
  • Totally customized gaming: Kids customize their characters, backgrounds, animation, music and more
  • Truly customized learning: sync the games to skills your child is studying in school
  • Library of games featuring favorite characters from SpongeBob SquarePants, Star Wars and Indiana Jones
  • Included and additional games teach skills in a range of subjects, such as language arts, spelling, math and math facts
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 13 inches ; 1.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00134PLN8
  • Item model number: 30672
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 6 - 10 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,411 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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Product Description

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With games that reinforce skills like math and spelling, the LeapFrog DIDJ is a custom gaming system that parents won't mind seeing their children spending their afternoons with. Using your computer and the LEAPFROG Connect application, games can be customized to provide all kinds of learning opportunities for all kids between the ages of six to ten.



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The Good: Entertaining, interactive system with educational games.

The Bad: The computer interface takes a little getting used to.

In a Nutshell: Customizable digital characters and worlds make learning fun.
At a Glance

Ages: 6 to 10
Requires: Four AA batteries and a computer with an Internet connection for set up.
Making the DIDJ Your Own
Before kids start creating, an adult will want to install four AA batteries (not included) in the DIDJ and set up the system. A convenient product guide pamphlet walks you through the necessary set-up tasks. This process involves installing the LEAPFROG Connect application onto your computer and transferring the included game, JetPack Heroes, onto the handheld DIDJ with a USB cable (included).

Before you close the software down, kids will want to create their own custom avatars using the Didjerator. With a huge color palette to utilize, and the ability to make your avatar a robot with vampire fangs or dress it in a tuxedo with sneakers, it may take awhile to get each character perfect. Once this is done, the avatars can be downloaded to the handset and are available to play in any game that uses Didji characters.

Fun, Customizable Way to Learn
The included game, JetPack Heroes, stars your favorite character in a fight against the villain Gooracha. Players use math skills to free the energy buddies they have captured and provide light and life for the entire planet. Quick fingers control the hero's jet pack and gun that is used to navigate the erratic landscape and stop enemy goons in between answering addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems.

Additional games that develop skills like vocabulary and spelling are available. One enticing feature of the interactive software is that points that are earned while playing, called Bitz, can be uploaded to your computer and then traded in for micromods, game updates such as new spaceships, backgrounds, or music.

Interactive Education
Overall, we had a great time creating our own characters and immersing ourselves in DIDJ worlds. The computer interface was clearly designed with young computer users in mind, which makes it easy to navigate. Several point and click menus put a wide variety of tools at your fingertips.

One cool interactive feature is the learning path. After game information is uploaded from the handset, parents can follow a link in the connect software to see their children's progress, making it easy to track success.

Kids are sure to enjoy studying for tests when they can set the DIDJ to use their own math facts and spelling words, making this unique system a great investment.

What's in the Box
Didj, USB cable, and CD with LEAPFROG connect computer application, which includes one game.

PC Requirements:

Windows XP or Windows Vista operating system
Pentium III 500 MHz processor
Monitor resolution of at least 1024 X 768
Available USB port
256 MB of RAM (512 MB recommended)
300 MB free disk space
Internet connection
Microsoft Internet Explorer version 6 or higher
CD reader

Mac Requirements:

Mac OS X 10.4+
PPC G4 or any Intel-based Apple computer
Monitor resolution of at least 1024 X 768
Available USB port
256 MB of RAM (512 MB recommended)
300 MB free disk space
Internet connection
Safari application
CD reader

Product Description

SESpFrog Enterprises Didj Custom Gaming System Didj Custom Learning Gaming System with Silver finish, Appropriate for Ages 6 Years to 10 Years...Introducing Didj - the first-ever gaming handheld that lets you customizeboth the gaming and learning. Designed for gradeschoolers aged 6 to 10 years, the Didj system offers the action-packed, high-resolution gameplay that kids expect, combined with the robust learningyou trust LeapFrog to deliver. But the Didj handheld also connects to the computer to offer something no other system has offered: truly customizablegameplay and curriculum. Kids can play and learn anywhere with characters from SpongeBob SquarePants, Star Wars and more popular shows, and then goonline to trade the points they've earned for more modifications to the game worlds, moves, sound effects, music and more. They can even create their own Didji characters in the online Didjerator.Kids and parents can also shape the learning online by choosing the math and spelling skills they'dlike the games to focus on. Multiplication hardto master? Kids can choose to be quizzed on specific times tables, such as the 6s, 7s and 8s tables. Spelling a stumbling block? Create a custom spelling list from the 10,000-word database and practice for next week's test. Didj delivers all this,plus the personalized tutorials and self-levelinglearning that are signature to LeapFrog gaming systems. With the USB connection, parents can alsosee their children's progress in recent games, getdetailed updates on the skills their kids are exploring and share in their accomplishments. The Didj custom gaming system is one of three new LeapFrog Connected learning systems that connect to theLeapFrog Learning Path, a free online tool at leapfrog.com that offers unparalleled insights into your child's learning.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The games are fun and educational.
Laura
The Didj needs frequent software updates (AKA tune-ups) that require a USB connection to a PC and a 15-min visit to the Leapfrog website.
SuleNYC
I called Leapfrog customer support and they were unable to fix the problem for me.
R. Marshall

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

245 of 251 people found the following review helpful By R. Song TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 15, 2008
I was happy to discover my 8YO son enjoyed his Didj as much as his gameboy. However, I would like to see more "education" in the educational games. The games are similiar to gameboy, nintendo, etc games, but there is a little bit of educational material stuffed in there. It is in no way comparable to the Leapster (other reviewers - if my son was only 5 - he would still be on the leapster as it is a much better toy). However, since he had mastered all of the games leapster had to offer, we moved on.

Where the leapster is constant education, the didj is 95% games and 5% education (if you call it that). The leapster teaches, the didj just tests your knowledge. The games play for several minutes and then to get to the next level, the child has to "break a code" (or something similiar) by correctly answering 3 multiple choice questions. If the child guesses correctly then he is awarded points. Not much education.

One nice thing about didj is that children earn points that they can redeem online for games or mods for their didj. Yes, there is shooting in some of the games, and some are violent, but I have not seen any blood yet. I think leapfrog could've done better.

If your child is younger than 8 or 9, give them a leapster and hope leapfrog decides to make some educational games for Didj before they outgrow the leapster games. Didj is more like a gameboy than a learning tool.

Syncing: I was unable to sync with my Vista laptop even after downloading their updated software, but syncing with an older XP laptop worked fine. I am hoping to get in touch with Leapfrog tech support but they are only open during the hours I work.

Battery Life: I purchased the recharger with the Didj and I noticed the Didj has to be recharged more often than the Leapster.
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123 of 127 people found the following review helpful By R. Worne on July 12, 2008
I purchased this as a replacement for the pink Leapster my daughter has been using for the last 3 or so years.

The didj is roughly the size of a closed Nintendo DS (a tad bulkier) and the screen is a considerable improvement over the Leapster. The screen is slightly smaller than the Leapster screen, but with higher resolution and better colors and contrast. I do worry a tad about the screen getting scratched up - the Leapster used a stylus and its screen could take a beating, but this one has a glossy screen that will show fingerprints and scratches easier.

One thing to note for those of us who use Apple computers: The didj supports Macs (and Windows too) right out of the box.

So, after unpacking it and loading the batteries, it's ready to connect to the computer - almost. First you need to create a profile on the handheld. Run the included CDROM and the didj software and one free game (Jetpack Heroes) are downloaded to the computer. My unit also required a firmware update. This took about 10-15 minutes altogether to complete.

One of the big features is being able to track your child's progress and creating your own content by periodically syncing the didj with the computer, but I cannot review this now since this feature will not be available until August.

Gameplay looks a lot like flash-based games and remind one of the Leapster's offerings - although with much, much, better graphics. Your child can also create a Mii-like character to send to the games. Part of the reward system is earning credits (Bitz) - by answering questions correctly - these are used to unlock features and add-ons for the games via the LeapFrogConnect application.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By scubed on November 3, 2008
This is a great concept but poorly executed by Leapfrog. It appears to have not been fully tested and rushed to market.

First, the gaming unit worked great. The sync process went smoothly and we read all the directions. I thought we were in the clear and then the issues started creeping up. The first issue was the constant shut down of the Sponge-bob game at random times. Still don't know what that was all about. Before we could figure that out the unit would no longer sync to the computer. A huge disappointment to me and my son. So started my quest to fix the problem. I typed in the problem via Leapfrog's support system and started a nearly 5 week journey to find and fix the problem. After nearly daily emails and testing we were told to return the unit for a refund. ARGH. I plan to do so soon and will be getting a DS. I am just too scared to go through this much trouble again.

Other issues:

The recharger was already recalled due to an overheat burn hazard (Sweet, will get my money back but yet another hassle)

The case is very flimsy, doesn't stay closed well and will not fit the unit with the jelly skin. Huge oversight on Leapfrog's part. We bought the case for general protection when not in use and for travel, and the jelly for protection when in use. Oh and you cannot play the game unit while in the hard case.

Finally, the skins or customizable static decals that come with the jelly did not stay on long at all and were useless in a few days.

I wish this had worked out better. I was so please at first that I bought one for my daughter which has been sent back.

Hopefully all these issues will get worked out.

Leapfrog really missed the boat with this and has certainly lost my business.

If you buy the unit. Keep your receipt. There is a 90 day guarantee!
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