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LeapFrog® Leapster® Learning Game System - Green
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- Portable interactive system with action-packed games focused on learning essentials for preschool to fourth grade
- Comes with 2 games built in.
- Expandable with large library of games
- Teaches phonics, spelling, math, art, music and more
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Aimed at 4- to 10-year-olds, the 6-by-4-inch Leapster is sized for little hands and comfortably shaped with safe, rounded edges. The 2-1/4-inch touch screen is ample for most of the gaming activities; although a little cluttered when used for the art and drawing modules. Buttons are suitably placed on either side of the unit for thumb-operated control. The right side features "A" and "B" buttons for selecting settings and answers while the left has a multi-directional gamepad for game play. A pen is also attached for drawing, selecting tools and settings, and dragging and placing objects. The 3-inch backlit display makes games visible in the dark (although parents will prefer that the Leapster is shut off at bedtime) and the animated graphics, while not completely state-of-the-art are well done and suitable for this age range.
The Leapster Learning Game System takes the brain-building principles that Leapfrog laid out in its earlier electronic learning devices (which have an interactive book format) and applies them to a video-game format.
As with the manufacturers LeapPad products, the Leapster does require the purchase of additional cartridges to expand its capabilities. Kids can choose titles with their favorite characters to play educational games with. The star-studded list of celebrity narrators includes TV personalities, such as SpongeBob Squarepants, Thomas the Tank Engine, and Dora the Explorer; and movie stars, such as Nemo, Cinderella, Ariel (The Little Mermaid), and Batman. Leapfrogs own cartoon star, Tad, is narrates a few as well. While stocking up on the extra software titles can get expensive, it also gives parents some control and input on which characters theyd like their kids to learn from. And, characters for these titles are appropriately matched to the maturity of the targeted grade level (pre-K through 4th grade).
Starting up or hitting the Home button takes players to the main menu. There is one staple pre-loaded game that children will likely come back to again and again. Rabbit River is based on the Frogger game format, but with an additional learning element. In letters mode, kids guide their bunny to hop floating logs to the other side of the river while jumping on specific letters to identify them or spell out a requested 3- or 4-letter word. In numbers mode, the bunny must land on specific numbers on the logs to skip count by twos or form a correct equation. The other pre-loaded activity is Color Corral, an interactive coloring book designed to boost creative problem-solving skills. This module is like a kids version of Photoshop and offers a variety of scenic templates, colors, tools, and moving icons that kids can combine for an infinite number of possibilities. The included manual gives suggestions on how to reinforce these math, reading, and art concepts in the real world. .
Each game offers multiple skill levels so kids can ease into new territory at the beginner level and challenge themselves with more advanced learning problems as they understand the concept. If kids are stumped at any point during a game, they can hit the Hint button and receive a friendly push in the right direction from an animated tutor, Edison the firefly. Edison also appears automatically if kids answer a question incorrectly several times in a row and coaches the child to reach the correct answer. The Pause button lets kids stop the game for a snack break and pick back up again where they left off.
Designed for portability, the Leapster fits easily in a backpack or tote bag and is ideal for more purposeful edutainment on the go, whether its a quick game on the bus ride to school or hours of playtime during vacation travel. This learning system runs on four AA batteries or on a rechargeable battery pack when combined with the Leapster L-Max Recharging System (sold separately). Leapster covers this handheld device under a 3-month warranty. --Cristina Vaamonde
Top Customer Reviews
LMax: I didnt buy the LMax, but the rep at Leapfrog said the only difference with the LMax is that it can plug into a TV for dual screen gaming (with LMax titles). I did not care about this functionality since I have 2 kids and didnt want them fighting over who got to use the TV. Plus I cant imagine the graphics looking very good on a TV. You can use Leapster titles on the LMax and LMax titles on the Leapster (so the number of titles are the same).
Old Leapster: This one is the larger version that more of a "triangular" shape. The Leapfrog rep said the internal components are the same, as the new one. The differences here are; Larger size, Heavier, Larger Screen and more built in games. The Larger Screen and more built in games are nice. The additional internal games are matching letters/numbers, some shape games, and some reward system for points earned in those other games. The pen is also slightly larger. The battery compartment is vastly different on both so beware of rechargable battery pack that you purcahse. Here are the stats:
Weight: 14.5 oz
Width: 7 5/8" (largest part) 4 1/2" approx (shortest part)
Height: 5 1/8" (largest part)
Thickness: 1 3/4" (largest part)
(this is hard to measure since its more tiangular shaped)
Screen Width: 2 3/4"
Screen Height: 2 3/4"
New Leapster: This is the more "square" leapster. It is much smaller but so is the screen.Read more ›
I have all the cartridges and my kids favorites are: First Grade and Kindergarten (These are just plain fun to all my kids from PreK to 5th grade - they like the arcade style and the race car driving that is rewards to learning.) My girl who loves drawing plays Mr. Pencil Drawing program a ton, and my Preschoolers favorite is the Disney princess because she is obsessed with Princesses, and of course the Letter Factory. She is starting to read in Preschool and I give total credit to the Letter Factory and Word factory games. We just got The Incredibles and Junie B cartidges and of those 2 of course The Incredibles is winning and is being played a ton (but what do you expect with the movie as cool as it is :) Mrs. Stretch does a Spelling game Dash does place value like if you have 2354, where does the 3 go, and the other 2 do 2 digit math and teach times tables. Then you are given key cards as you do the game. The family works cooperatively getting through the maze as you get more key cards.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The only thing I didn't like was the pen tip is broken. But everything else is awesome.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this to help entertain the children who visit. They love it!Published 11 months ago by J. Cashion
Great toy. Keeps my kids busy for hours. We don't use the internet by choice and the leapster is educational and fun.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great product! I had this for so long and it helped me a lot in school because I struggled. It broke I've or twice but my mom sent it back to get fixed and they fixed it or sent us... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Tierra
Children love it. At some point the stylus didn't work. I performed a calibration of the screen and that fixed the issue. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Mir
I bought 2 of these units for my grandchildren and they loved them. They work very well and they still love to play with them. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Janil
My daughter has the LeapsterGS, but I didn't like the price of the new game carts. I bought this after seeing the game carts at the flea market and online for much less. Read morePublished on June 5, 2014 by Melissa Harkins