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LeapFrog? Leapster? Learning Game System - Green
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Product Description

Now parents and kids can both feel good about time spent playing electronic games with the Leapster Learning System by LeapFrog. An exciting library of educational games (sold separately) turn this handheld device into a conduit of exciting learning adventures that teaches reading, math, critical thinking, vocabulary and more. Kids can play fun games, read electronic books, create cool art and watch interactive videos. Color display on backlit screen is gentle on the eyes while the jack for optional headphones is gentle on other people's ears. Ages 4 to 10 years. Imported.

Here is one handheld gaming system that both parents and kids will be able to agree upon. 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. Leapster draws kids in with familiar video game templates—all of which have a secret weapon: a built-in learning component. LeapFrog hopes that kids will become so engaged in the gaming aspects and familiar television and movie characters offered by this toy that they won't even notice that they're learning and reinforcing valuable reading, math, and language skills.

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 manufacturer's 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. Leapfrog's 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 they'd 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 kid's 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 it's 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

  • 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

Customer Reviews:

  • Leapster
    My four year old grandson loves his Leapster. He takes it in the vehicle with him when we need to go to town - a 45 mile trip and plays it all the way. He is learning is alphabet and numbers and pre-school and the Leapster is just another way to enhance his learning....more info
  • Faulty Reliablity & Customer Service
    My kids received Leapsters as Christmas presents. They were elated! The biggest gift of the season to be sure. The first sign of a problem should have been when one came w/a monitor cover and the other did not. When we called Amazon to request a cover be sent, I was basically told, it wasn't their problem and to call Leap Frog. So we did. We were told a new cover would be mailed immediately. Three weeks later, we are still waiting. Then one week after Christmas, the one w/o the monitor cover stopped working. The monitor would not reply to the stylus meaning most of the games were non-functioning. If you could get to a game that used the arrows, you were okay. I used Leap Frog's online customer support which promised a 48-72 hour response time. Let's just say I never got that even after submitting an additional complaint. Finally called them directly 20 days later only to have a basically inept customer service person who kept putting me on hold. So now we are waiting (not holding my breath) for a replacement Leapster (we'll see). I have to return the original one which she tried to have me to at my own expense - they're sending a mailing slip. Do I like the Leapster on its own - Yes, I think it is fairly educational but more just entertaining for the kids (when they aren't fighting over the working one). Would I buy another - NO WAY!...more info
  • Great Substitute for Gameboy or Nintendo DS
    I bought this for my five year old son for Christmas. He asked for a Nintendo DS. Leapster has a lot similarities with these other systems. It is more durable and educational. My older kids - Ages 10 & 11 - also like to play it. They don't even realize that they are learning. It's just that they are playing a game. I also like that there are many different games available. ...more info
  • williesmom
    I bought this for my son for his 4th birthday. He uses it every free moment he has and the batteries have held up really well for so much use. He learned very quickly how to use the internal games and loves to draw and color. A great gift for any child....more info
  • GREAT gift for my 4 year old
    My daughter, who is a few months away from turning five years old, got this for Christmas. We're thrilled with it. She's a pre-reader, so she can spell her name and recognize a handful of words, but not much else. I assumed that she wouldn't be able to fully enjoy the Leapster until she could really read, but I was wrong. She has already played it for hours and has never asked us for help at all. I am very comfortable with this toy and would definitely recommend it for any kid aged 4-7 as the box suggests. And no worries if the giftee doesn't read--this can still be a great gift....more info
  • stopped working after 5 days
    Christmas gift and it already quit.
    looked on the back and it said MADE IN CHINA...That explains it...more info
  • has my vote
    I manage an afterschool program for k-8. The kids love playing the game and I love the leapster since all the games are educational. I also love the fact that the games work with all the styles of leapster. ...more info
  • It's ok.
    I got this for my 5 year old son for Christmas. He really likes video games so I figured he would enjoy this. I can't say that he would rather play this than our PS2, but he has been reaching for it every now and then. My main complaint is the poor quality of graphics in the games. The games are so expensive, and the graphics are so crappy! Also, this unit can get heavy for little hands. I bought my oldest son a Nintendo DS for Christmas, and that thing blows this Leapster out of the water. I guess you really do get what you pay for! My best word of advice is, try to find the games sold in groups on eBay or something. They are just not worth the retail price. ...more info
  • My five year old loves it.
    Got this for my daughter for Christmas. Got her a bunch of other stuff too. She plays with this the most. She loves it. Loves it. I think it's really cool and a good deal. Glad I bought it. Now I just have to get more games for her to play....more info
  • Disgusted w/ this Company

    You pay this much money for a video game system and it doesn't come with the cord to plug the thing into the wall! HOW STUPID, when you buy a battery radio or tv they still give you the cord... why does this company consider this "an accessory", SO THEY CAN BLEED PARENTS FOR MORE MONEY! It would seem to me that accessories are the carrying case, the headphones, things of sort.

    Very upsetting.

    The game system is a good one but I'm sick and tired of being taken advantage of!
    ...more info
  • Leapsters
    Purchased 4 for grandchildren ages 10-4 yrs; they all love them and spend hours using them. Even the 2 yr old tried taking them to pretend he knew what he was doing. Terrific for traveling or "waiting" periods versus using my cell for games. Very durable; great colors. ...more info
  • Almost Perfect
    The little girl that I bought this game for just turned 3 and she loved it! Her parents had to limit the time she used it because they couldn't get her to stop playing with it. She knows everything that this game will do in just a couple of weeks and she's much better at it than the adults. However, it stopped working just two weeks after she got it. Her parents replaced it with a Leapster II and she's at it again!! Excellent learning game for even small children....more info
    I bought this for my son as a present for his 4th birthday in November. He has carried it everywhere with him. It is easy for him to use. He understands the directions given to him by the narrators in the games. It is durable as he has dropped it several times as a kid his age is bound to do. He sometimes gets carried away and holds it just by the pen and it hasnt broke or pulled loose either. I have to say it is very well made with a tough 4 year old in mind. He got a game to go with it for Christmas, PET PALS, and he really enjoys playing it as well as the pre-loaded games. Since I homeschool, I use this as part of his "school work" and he really thinks that is just too cool. As much as he carries it to and from his grandparents, I am going to need to get the carrying case. Overall, a great product for a four year old, and my 8 y/o enjoys it when allowed to play with it too....more info
  • Leapfrog leapster Learning game system
    The leapfrog Leapster Learning game system came without its four DVDs. I let Amazon know and now my grandson has all four plus a new computer. Many thanks.

    Susan Moore...more info
  • fun educational game
    My 7 y/o son received this for Christmas instead of his requested Nintendo DS. I was afraid he wouldn't like it. I could not have been more wrong. He absolutely loves it and is enjoying learning. His birthday is in March and he is requesting more games. I do recommend buying the ac adapter to enjoy hours of playtime without interruption....more info
  • Toy
    At first my grandson didn't like the product. He didn't understand it! Once he got the directions explained to him, he couldn't put it down!!! Pretty good for a four year old....more info
  • 4 year old loves it!
    purchased for my granddaughter's birthday and she's turned into a bonafide techie, loves the games and learning at the same time...more info