Leapfrog Leapster2 – Review & Giveaway (closed)

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Kids and Video Games
You’d be amazed if you saw my little 4 year old play video games. He is awesome at navigating around on the computer, is better than me on some of our Wii games, and has a mind that is constantly soaking in everything around him. Since he likes games so much, it is important to me that he learns while playing. With the Leapster2 from Leapfrog, he can learn on the go, with games that are age appropriate for him.LeapFrog_Leapster_2

Pros: Leapfrog is no stranger in our home, and has been an important learning tool for my boys. From dvd’s to toys, I’ve never been disappointed. So I definitely had high expectations when we received a Leapster 2 with a few games to review.

The Leapster2 is appropriate for ages 4 to 8 and teaches skills such as:
– Mathematics
– Language arts
– Reading skills
– Basic science concepts

It’s easy to use and power on. Chandler, who is just shy of 4 can power it on, put cartridges in himself and navigate very easily. Once powering it on, you create a simple profile for your child. You can have 4 profiles at any given time or can play as a guest. This handheld has the regular gaming buttons, but also includes a pen. To see this in action, watch the video below:

When you come to the main screen after selecting your profile, there are 4 options: Downloadable games, Cartridge games, Creativity Castle, and Connect to Computer.
With the Leapster2, you get a software cd that lets you install Leapfrog connect. With Leapfrog connect, you can download games, get demos, get rewards for your child that they’ve earned playing games, and much more. Once you have installed it, you can add other Leapfrog products. The Leapster2 came with a downloadable game which was easy to get and is saved in it’s memory. It’s also compatible with 30+ leapster games, so there’s plenty to choose from.
The Leapster 2 has a headphone jack, usb to connect to your computer, volume controls, and brightness adjustments.  It takes 4 AA batteries  which you put in the back of the game. It’s definitely durable as well. Over the past month, it has been thrown all around and still works perfectly. I’m sure Leapfrog had this in mind when they were designing it.


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Cons: While I am a big fan of this product, I do feel that there are some minor improvements that could be incorporated. If you have the Leapster2 powered on, and you insert a cartridge, the entire handheld powers down. You then have to power it back on and start from square one. I’m not sure what the thinking was behind this, but the first few times Chan inserted the cartridge and this happened, he thought it was broken.
The design of this is also quite chunky and heavy. I can see how this is good for little hands, but it still feels a bit bulky. It weighs in at 1.6 lbs which I think is rather heavy for a handheld gaming system.
I would also love to see an auto-shutoff feature. The first few times Chandler was done playing it, he left it on and the batteries drained quickly. I think it would be nice to see it shut off after 5-10 minutes of inactivity to save battery life. Overall, I think the learning capabilities definitely outweigh the cons.

Leapster2 Games

Leapster2 Games

This is definitely something to put on your Christmas list if you have a child aged 4-8.

Price: $69.99, on sale at the Leapfrog store right now for $59.99

Where to Buy: Leapfrog online, Target, Walmart

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The product reviewed  in this article was a sample provided to me by the company or PR representative. These views and opinions are my own and I was not compensated by this review.

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Comments

  1. 917

    I actually had never heard of Leapfrog until my daughter was born–where was Leapfrog when I was younger.

  2. 918

    Leapfrog is such a GREAT company. They really think about what kids will like and how they can learn from their products.

  3. 919

    Shares of Leapfrog closed at $3.42, up 3.6 percent, on the New York Stock Exchange (11/2/09).

  4. 920

    For the fourth quarter, Leapfrog said it expects sales of between $155 million to $170 million. I

  5. 921

    Accounting for a loss on disposal of long-term assets, Leapfrog’s earnings were 13 cents per share, above the 9 cents per share, expected, on average, by analysts, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

  6. 922

    The maker of the Leapster 2 handheld game and the TAG reader said net income fell to $7.2 million, or 11 cents per share in the third quarter, from $24.1, or 38 cents per share, a year earlier.

  7. 923

    Interactive toy maker LeapFrog Enterprises Inc (LF.N) reported substantially lower net income on Monday, hurt by a 42.5 percent sales decline in the quarter from fewer new products and shipments to retailers.

  8. 924

    With Leapfrog, children become so engaged in the interactive learning games, you’ll want them to keep playing—because the more they play, the more they learn.

  9. 925

    Simply insert any of the Leapster or Leapster L-Max cartridges and your child will enjoy mastering preschool through 4th grade skills.

  10. 926

    Learn to write letters on the L-Max handheld screen – the letters you write will appear on the TV and star in an animated story!

  11. 927

    The Leapster L-Max handheld, complete with interactive touch screen, stylus pen and directional pad, allows your child to play action-packed games anywhere – on the go or at home on your TV.

  12. 928

    Leapster® Game Sonic X: Hone your math skills while you help Sonic save his friends from the clutches of evil Dr. Eggman and his robots. Jump, run, spin-dash and soar through different zones as you count, add and subtract. Advance by answering math problems in this fast-paced spinning game. Your efforts are rewarded with gold rings to rescue Amy Rose and Knuckles.

  13. 929

    Leapster L-Max™ Game Dora the Explorer Wildlife Rescue: Go wild for math and reading! Join Dora, Boots and Diego on an exciting mission to rescue animals and play five learning games that explore phonics and numbers. Then plug into the TV and play three animal adventure games. When you return the displaced animals to their habitats, you’ll discover wildly amazing animal facts.

  14. 930

    Leapster L-Max Game Numbers on the Run: Get fired up about counting, addition and subtraction. In this imaginative numbers game, each number in the factory has an equivalent number of Quidgits™ except poor Zero.

    When the Quidgits disappear, it is up to Zero to play the hero and match each digit with the right number of Quidgits. Join Zero as he journeys through three wacky worlds to help his number friends. Then plug into the TV for more learning fun with Zero and his pals.

  15. 931

    Leapster Game Batman: Venture into four foreboding worlds within Gotham City to help The Batman battle Cluemaster, Mr. Freeze, Firefly and The Joker! This action-packed, side-scrolling adventure teaches essential 3rd and 4th grade math skills and encourages exploration, deductive reasoning and problem solving.

  16. 932

    Leapster Game The Incredibles: Boost your brainpower when you join the Incredibles in a top secret mission to save the planet. In this action-packed learning game, you’ll enter five worlds with the superhero family and use math and spelling to defeat a treacherous plot.

  17. 933

    Leapster Game Finding Nemo: Dive into math, phonics and science. Help rescue the young clown fish and return him to his underwater home in this skill building game.

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