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LeapFrog Leapster Explorer Learning Game System, Purple
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- Introducing Leapster Explorer - the next generation of Leapster learning
- The Leapster Explorer handheld features hi-res graphics on a bigger touch screen
- A powerful processor allows for action-packed gameplay and Leaplet learning app game, e-Book and video downloads
- An ever-expanding library of games goes beyond school skills, to creativity and life skills
- For use with LeapFrog Explorer only. Not compatible with any other LeapFrog System.
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My biggest beef is with the built in advertising. First off, for every new user you create, the leapster goes through a minute long ad insidiously called the "connect movie" about playing online and downloading leaplets, telling the child "for your included game, ask your parents to connect your Leapster Explorer to your computer, now" and again at the end, "for great games and more on your Leapster Explorer, ask your parents to connect now." Gee, thanks LeapFrog, and since you only get one free game per toy, not per user, this isn't even accurate. Once you're done with that, you reach the main screen where your child can re-watch this "movie" as many times as they want by clicking what looks to be one of the game icons.
A second built in icon on the main screen really jumps out because the little pet you can create always starts out standing in front of it and it looks like a old movie reel. It's the first button my four year old taps each time she turns on the leapster. Guess what? Is it a game? No, of course not, it's just a bunch of trailers for different games and it looks like it's maybe going to be automatically updated with new trailers as new games come out. I'm guessing this because the narrator tells your child "It looks like you've got some new trailers to watch - play away!" in a super excited voice. Back to the question of "is it a game", if you set the filter in the top left corner to only show games, the "connect movie" does disappear but the trailers icon stays. LeapFrog, if you're reading this, please correct this!Read more ›
If you're looking for a LeapFrog game system,
you should really be looking at Leapfrog's latest consoles.
The LeapFrog LeapPad2 Explorer, Green. and the LeapFrog LeapsterGS Explorer.
I'd go for the LeapPad 2.
UPDATE 30 AUG 2011:
It has been almost a year since my last update on this review.
I'll try to keep it short. If/when I have some more time available I will update it a bit furhter.
For now the update is that the Explorer has provided many play/learn time for our son, but to be frank, his interest and focus has shifted more to the nintendo DS. He's also discovered games on the internet, PC, Wii, cellphones, smartphones, etc. etc.. But thankfully he's still interested in educational games (no matter what platform).
Anyway, we still think the Explorer is a great educational system, especially for kids 5 and younger. As they get older they'll discover other platforms, ... we can't hide it from them forever, but that's also probably a good thing, since they'll be growing up in a much more 'connected'-world.
Also if you are reading this, it's good to know that LeapFrog has recently (I believe it was this month, august 2011) made available a new system LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer Learning Tablet (green). I haven't research it yet.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great learning and lots of fun. Kids love it even 3 yr old.Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this for my daughters who are in first year preschool and kindergarten. This is actually preferred by my older daughter (kindergartener) than the leap pad. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Jan Klevgaard
As usual, I was very pleased with the item and the arrival time.Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
Enjoyed the product so did my son but I believe there was supposed to be a CD that came with it that I can program stuff online it is very sad that I didn't come with you so I have... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tee
When buying the actual tablet, $50.00 seems like a great deal for a learning tool. My daughter got this for Christmas, and right away it died. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Missy16
Bought 2 for 3 year old twins. Their sister had her own and now everyone owns one. Excellent learning tool and fun for little ones.Published 1 month ago by sharwin b black