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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 49 reviews(49 Reviews)
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
We love the Leapster Explorer!Posted .
When my son was just shy of 3 years old, I bought him the original Leapster and I cannot tell you how much he has played, laughed and learned with this device! Last month, we received a top secret gaming system that my 5 year old is madly in love with; the new LeapFrog Leapster Explorer that is due to release in September. * Right handed or Left handed? This might sound weird from anyone that doesn’t have a left handed child, but the first thing that I noticed about the new Leapster Explorer is that it has the ability to be used by a right handed child or a left handed child – right away. On the Leapster 2, the string was on the right side, for a right handed child. With the Leapster Explorer, the pen is able to be looped around either side, for either (left or right) handed child. Score! Great change, LeapFrog! * Size & weight - I also noticed that the size was a bit smaller, not as bulky and the weight seemed lighter than the Leapster2. This is a plus, especially when I am toting this along in my purse for the kids when we travel. * Performance - The Leapster Explorer is fast! The screen resolution is crisp, memory is larger and the processor is larger, hence the faster performance. * Touchscreen – From my use with the Leapster Explorer, compared to the Leapster2, I think the touchscreen is easier to use. It’s more sensitive, which is a good thing. * Games – My Son’s favorite game, so far, is Penguins of Madagascar. There are over 40 games available, and even more fun to download from the parents’ computer such as e-books and learning. * Upgrades - There are so many things that you can buy extra to add on to the Leapster Explorer like a camera and many more additions! Overall: we LOVE everything new about the LeapFrog Leapster Explorer! The price will be at just under $70.00 and the games are right around $25.00 each. With as much as my 5 year old has played his Leapster2 in the last 2 1/2 years, I can totally see the upcoming years of fun that he will have with the Explorer! The Leapster2 has a new owner, my 2 ½ year old… and she is one happy girl!I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
The Leapster Explorer is totally incrediblePosted .
The Explorer is surprisingly easy for kids to navigate, even for those who don't own another handheld. I sat with my 6 and 4 year olds the first few times they played, but before I knew it, they would come running to me, excited about something they figured out or proud about their progress. Some games and Apps did cause them different levels of frustration, but the age range for the device is wide, so it seems only natural. My 3 1/2 year old initially needed my guidance, but she soon found that the Harmonies App, the Pet Pad, and Mr. Pencil game were ones that she could play with little to no frustration. Overall, here's the skinny on the Leapster Explorer: We like: * that it is lightweight and sleek but extremely durable. This guy has (shhhh!) taken a few good hits already, and he's still kickin' with gas; * the clarity and quality of graphics, the color-quality on-screen, and the size of letters and prompts. My kids have no idea how lucky they are to have this kind of quality on this small of a device, but I remember those teeny, dark screens with fuzzy graphics and tinny sounds; * the fact that the Explorer remembers each player's skill level and progress and that even adjusts mid-game to meet the player's needs is, in my opinion, incredible. Especially when I have three kids who can all play on the same device, log in under their names, and pick up where they left off last time on any game; * that we can connect and download interactive e-books from the Tag Library to our device. Interactive books on the handheld? Awesome. * the Explorer plays videos. Learning videos filled with phonics and math and fun songs and the alphabet; * that the Learning Path (although ours has not yet been set up) will keep track of each child's progress both on the Explorer and online in LeapWorld. I cannot wait to get it rolling because it will be really interesting to see areas where they are comfortable and areas where they need more support; * that new content will be able to be added to cartridge games and the handheld device via downloads, starting in the fall of 2010. Really? Just seems so cool to me. We wish: * that the pets from the Pet Pad had bodies. Really. Kids get to choose a body for their pet, but the body never shows up, and apparently it's not supposed to. * that I had two more Explorers so that I wasn't constantly practicing my active parenting skills by reminding my kids about polite sharing skills. I'm only kind of kidding. Overall, we love it. It's seriously an incredible device and perfect for kids in early elementary school. The good folks at Leapfrog provided our family with an Explorer to try out in exchange for my shared review. My opinions are all my own, in no way influenced by the Leapfrog company.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Great Learning ExperiencePosted .
My son recently received the Leapster Explorer from LeapFrog to see what he thought. We have owned many Leapster devices in the past that we were pleased with so I could not wait to see how this one would compare. It was no surprise that the Explorer did not disappoint, as a matter of fact it exceeded my expectations!!! Kids can keep busy playing and learning by playing cartridge games and by downloading "apps" into it. Right now my sons favorite cartridge game is Mr. Pencil Saves Doodleburg, this games allows kids to practice drawing lines shapes, printing letters, creating art and animations. He also really likes the "app" Harmonies which allows him to conduct four singers while learning about harmonies and musical parts. For even more fun you can also download e-books from the Tag library. I really like the size of this gaming system, besides being great for home play it is also convenient to take on the go. It would be great to kept kids entertained on long car rides this summer! The graphics are very good on the Leapster Explorer. It uses Flash for great visual performance and a Linux-based operating system. The screen is large , bright , full-color and touch sensitive . It has internal memory of 512 MB and a download capacity of 250 - 300 MB. It has plenty of storage for gaming FUN!I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
GREAT for Travel or when you need a few minutes!Posted .
Leapfrog rocks and they did it again with this Leapfrog Leapster Explorer. My 3yr old is totally engaged with this "toy" for hours. He's always captivated by Leapfrog products but he even skipped an evening riding his little pony because he was on a mission with Toy Story! The touchscreen is cool and Truett loves the stylus. He has no problems figuring out how to get from one game to the next or how to play. He plays on the go and has even sneaked it into his bedroom at night! Little toot loves and so do I. Highly recommended!I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 1 out of 5 stars
No power supply, has only one game|Posted .
After read some good reviews from Bestbuy, I decided to get this for my niece Christmas gift. After unpacked it, I was so disappointed. 1. It requires to install and register the software (Leapfrog Connected) on the computer before you can play. 2, It doesn't have power supply. 3, it has only one game. 4, their games are 10 times more expensive comparing the same game in Apple Store. 5No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Love this productPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
Being that we have been a fan of the Leapster 2, we were very excited to be some of the first to try out this new product. At first glance I just couldn't figure out what was so different between the Leapster 2 and the Leapster Explorer, then it arrived in the mail. Once I opened the main [...] box, the excitement grew in our house as my son immediately knew that this was a LeapFrog product! We immediately started playing with this product and I was blown away! The LeapFrog Explorer exceeded my expectations! The first thing that caught my eye before we ever turned the game on, was the size. It is such a friendly size and makes it perfect for little hands to hold. Here is a comparison of the Leapster 2 and the Leapster Explorer:Both are truly amazing products! Just because you may have either the Leapster or the Leapster 2 does not mean you shouldn't consider the Leapster Explorer as well!We recently got back from vacation and this was one product that was played with tons during the 7 hour drive to our location. It is just simple for little ones to use on their own and will keep them busy playing and learning. You can either play using catridge games or by downloading "apps" into it. My son's favorite game at this moment is Toy Story 3, but when it comes to the "app", he loves the Harmonies game. The harmony game allows him to conduct four singers while learning about harmonies and musical parts. Also, I want to point out that you can also download e-books from the Tag Library for the LeapFrog Leapster Explorer.The graphics are very fantastic for a child's handheld game on the Leapster Explorer. It uses Flash for great visual performance and a Linux-based operating system. The screen is large , bright , full-color and touch sensitive . It has internal memory of 512 MB and a download capacity of 250 - 300 MB. It has plenty of storage for gaming FUN!
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
VERY worth the moneyPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
was impressed with how they could personalize their own Leapster Explorer to match them; everything from the difficulty of the games by putting in their school grade to earning points to changing the backgrounds, music and other fun things. It really is "push and play" like they say, my kids needed no direction from me on how to use it other than the power button! My girls' favorite game was the Pet Pad. They were able to create and personalize their own pet and then earn points to feed, bathe, dress it up, etc. I loved the game 'Mr. Pencil Saves Doodleburg.' It was a fun way to get the girls into learning how to print their letters. Then in October I am going to buy the Camera Accessory that goes along with the Leapster Exlporer which will let them take photos and videos and do tons of fun things with them! ALSO (very important part), it holds quite a bit of charge. I was very impressed with the charge life, although I do have to say that the charger needs to be included instead of an extra. That always drives me nuts. The games are great because they have lots of different levels and are tailored to your child. At the same time, I wish they were a few dollars less in price. I really do think the Explorer itself is fairly priced and is a fabulous product. It's the perfect size, the touch screen actually works with my girls' tiny fingers and the color & 3-D aspect to it is top notch. It's also extremely sturdy, perfect for ages 4 to 9 and just a whole lot of fun! * I was given a leapster to review with my family
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Educational, Entertaining, and IntuitivePosted .I would recommend this to a friend
We were sent the Leapster Explorer about a month and a half ago for review and review we have! My son has been playing the thing to death! If you want to know about wear and tear this thing is durable. It has been to Macon, Ga and back, Cincinnati and back, and has been toted outside, inside, and every where in between. The Leapster Explorer is meant for children ages 4-8, but my son is a pro with it at age 3. I will say, he was pretty prepared for this game system because he plays iPhone games frequently. So far, we have only had to change the batteries once (4 AA). The Leapster Explorer works by using a touch screen. This is such a wonderful touch because it allows younger children greater ease with playing. Using a touch screen is just so much more intuitive than using buttons and controls. Besides, with the popularity of the iPhone and other touch screen phones, young kids already have experience. Of course, with the Leapster Explorer your child is learning while they are having fun. Some of my son's favorite games are: Sugar Bugs, Jewel Train, Harmonies, Pet Pad, Mr. Pencil Saves Doodleburg and watching LeapFrog's Letter Factory. Each game teaches things such as good dental habits, matching, harmonies in music, drawing lines and letters, and much more. Of course, there are cartridge games like Toy Story 3 and Disney Princesses that you can purchase. I really love the fact that you can download e-Books that work like the Tag Reader. You swipe the lines of text into the reader and press the book icon for the words to be read out loud and highlighted. This is great for word recognition! I also like the fact that there is the option to download LeapFrog videos for your child to watch. This is an excellent road trip item! Of course, you can always connect the Leapster Explorer to your computer in order to see your child's "Learning Path" and see what they are excelling in and how you can better help them. Kids can connect to LeapWorld online in order to expand on what they are learning with the Leapster Explorer. I see that there will also be a camera/recorder attachment coming out! We haven't reviewed this of course, but it sounds exciting if it is easy for young kids to use. Overall, I think that the Leapster Explorer is the best bang for your buck! It includes everything you could think of. It is like buying the Scribble & Write, Tag reader, a DVD Player, and educational video games all in one system. The only complaint I have is that sometimes the touch screen is not quite sensitive enough which could lead to frustration. It has only happened to my son on about 2 occasions, but then I showed him how to use the stylus and the frustration soon ended.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Leapster does it again to make LEARNING FUNPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
My family was selected as one of the VERY FIRST to try out LeapFrog’s latest – the Leapster Explorer Learning System! LeapFrog generously provided with the Explorer free of charge. The opinions stated here are 100% that of my family. The instant my toddler saw the box it was all over! Luckily for me, LeapFrog sent the Explorer ready to go, preloaded with games and batteries. (Games are sold separately and the Explorer is powered by 4 AA batteries, not included.) In fact, when he got up from the nap the day we received it, he instantly asked for it. Way to go LeapFrog! The LeapFrog Explorer is for kids ages 4-9 but my 2 ½ year old will happily sit down with it and play. He hasn’t quite figured out the games yet, but he understands how the stylus and touch screen works to navigate the system. I don’t think it will take long - I am confident he will have the preschool games figured out with no problem soon! This brings me to the vast variety of games and Leaplets (game apps, videos and ebooks) available for the Explorer! From Tinkerbell, Star Wars, Dora the Explorer and Toy Story 3 plus many many more, there is sure to be something that you and your kids will love! Games teach creativity, school basics, geography, life skills, science and more! Not only will your child learn while using the LeapFrog Explorer, they will have FUN too. The graphics in this little handheld are really impressive! My son liked the Letter Factory video – not only was he exposed to the alphabet (which he loves) but songs too. The graphics stay strong throughout the other games, and exceeded my expectations when I compared them to similar products on the market. I had the opportunity to try several of the games, but I think my current favorite is ToyStory 3 – where I had to use math skills to help Woody find his way back to Andy and save the toys! Launching just in time for the new Disney-Pixar movie, this game is sure to be a hit with your kids. Some great things about the LeapFrog Explorer: -More than one child can have an “account” on the device -There are over 30 games and activities (and growing) available. -Games and Leaplets are downloadable – which means less cartridges to carry around (and lose) -Like other LeapFrog products, you can connect to the Learning Path to see your child’s progress. I love this feature about them! -A fun game with a LeapPet is included in the box, as well as a Leaplet download card, so play can begin right away! -It’s a good size, both for little hands and for mom and dad. The Explorer will be easy to toss in a bag for travel. Some bummers: -I noticed with the ebooks that you have to be really precise when touching the words, which may be frustrating for younger users. -While LeapFrog makes a recharger base, it’s sold separately, which means you will burn through a lot of AA batteries. -The games are a suggested retail price of around twenty-five dollars, which can add up quick. I will say though, this is comparable to similar products on the market. -Even though you can have multiple accounts on the Explorer, if you have more than one child, you might want to have an Explorer for each! (again, cost) -I’d love to see a wrist strap included! Since the Explorer is likely to be used on car trips, a sudden stop might mean it goes flying, a wrist strap would help! Features of the LeapFrog Explorer Learning Experience, forgive me if I am repeating specs found on various websites, I wanted to make sure you all knew! -3.2” touch screen with 420x420 resolution, accessible by finger-touch or stylus -Linux-based operating system -Processor that can run flash, video and 3D graphics -Peripheral slot for expandability (oooooooh!!) -512MB memory In the box: -Leapster Explorer handheld -Leaplet learning app download card -Pet game -USB cable -Quick start guide -LeapFrog Connect CD You will also be happy to know that the LeapFrog Explorer Learning Experience is both Macintosh and PC compatible. Over all I am really happy we got the sneakpeak of the LeapFrog Explorer Learning Experience. I am excited to see the new games and accessories that will be coming out over the next few months!
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great for BeginnersPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I read the reviews and decided to add mine (this is my first review ever!) Anyhow, my son just turned four years old. We have an IPAD, IPOD touch, laptops, smart phones, etc..... I however like this product because it is very durable, he has dropped it many times. I agree with one of the people here about the IPOD Touch however, this is still something I use for him to practice handling electronic toys and at the same time to play learning games. I am able to hand this over with minumum supervision, plus it helps with his pencil grip.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
cheaper, yet betterPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I only gave this item 4 stars because my daughter has had two Leapster Explorers. The first one locked up on Christmas morning, and continued to lock up until we could exchange it. Luckily, Santa left a receipt. But, the new one that she has now is working great. And, so far, she absolutely loves it. The main comparison for the Leapster Explorer for me would be the Nintendo DS. I watched my little girl play with a family member's DS during her initial Leapster crisis, and she enjoyed it. But, she seems to enjoy the Leapster even more due to her age. Plus, the Leapster Explorer is half the price of the cheapest Nintendo DS. The games that she has are fun and inviting. Most of all, THEY'RE EDUCATIONAL. The 'Tangled' game seems to be very fun. As for its durablility, its been dropped already and its still ticking. As for its 'usability', its very easy to grasp. Overall, I'm very happy with the purchase that I, errr I mean Santa, made.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
New Handheld from Leapfrog - Leapster ExplorerPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I was lucky enough to receive a new Leapster Explorer from Leapfrog to try out with the boys and see how they play and react. This is my experience so far! The Leapster Explorer has a lot of features that my kids love about my iPhone (and the new iPad). Not only can you play games via cartridges, like the older Leapsters. But you can also: 1. Upload e-books (Tag books), 2. Upload apps and videos (Leaplets) 3. Connect to the computer to track learning 4. Care for a virtual pet And more forward-thinking than the iPhone or App, the Leapster Explorer uses Flash for awesome visual performance and a Linux-based operating system. The screen is big (3.2" - 420 x 420 resolution), bright, full-color and touch sensitive. It has a peripheral slot for expandability, an onboard memory of 512 MB and a download capacity of 250 - 300 MB. The handheld, games and apps were designed for children 4 to 9 years old. A. GROWS WITH YOUR CHILD: One of my favorite things about the Leapster Explorer is that it is always at your child's level. With other learning systems, some games become too easy, while others always remain too challenging. Neither enhances learning. But the Leapster Explorer games auto-adjust so that the kids learn at their own pace. This smart handheld is providing a customized learning experience for your child. B. GAMES There are a few games that the Leapster Explorer comes preprogrammed with. The rest are added either as Leaplets, which are videos, Tag Books and small games you can upload. Or, just like the previous Leapsters, you can play cartridge games. My son LOVES the ones he's tried so far, like Toy Story 3 and The Penguins of Madagascar: Operation Plushie. Cartridge Games that my son played includes: * Disney Pixar Toy Story 3 - This game teaches phonics, spelling, letters and physical science. Kids can play as Buzz or Woody and move around on an interactive board game to save other toys in the Caterpillar Move. Even I learned a few things as I played and it's a must-have game, especially with the movie soon to be in theaters. * The Penguins of Madagascar: Operation Plushie - Who doesn't love the Penguins of Madagascar? The graphics are really good in this game as the penguins maneuver around the zoo, meeting up with alligators, rats, cockroaches and educational challenges. Kids will learn addition, subtraction, animal facts, logic and reasoning. * Mr. Pencil Saves Doodleburg - I think this game is a must-have when you first purchase the Leapster Explorer. The reason I think it is must-have is because it has an art-studio, where kids can color, stamp and do cool graphics. That is something the original Leapsters had pre-programmed into them. If you want the Leapster Explorer to have that function, this game will do that plus more - like how to make different colors, trace shapes, number-writing and letter-writing. * Disney Princess: Pop-Up Story Adventure - This game teaches phonics skills, story comprehension, letters, musical rhythm and pitch. Yes, my son has played. I have to admit, I learned that I am just not princess material, as it took even me a while to figure out how to get the cat to get out of the courtyard to feed the chickens. But my son is awesome at comprehension and connecting action with consequence. C. LEAPLETS Leaplets are more diverse in what you can get. Currently there are three videos, some fun apps and you can even use the Leapster Explorer as an e-reader and upload some Tag Books. Here are the Leaplets my son tried: E-Books: I am sure a lot of parents are familiar with the Tag and Tag Jr library. Now, just like an iPad, you can upload some Tag titles for kids to read, touch words, listen to the story and tap pictures for audio surprises. The title that we read was Ozzie & Mack. The story is cute, as Ozzie the Otter brings his pet bug to school. It could lead to disaster, but instead the teacher makes it into a learning experience. There was one picture in the story that covered a few words, but I think the LeapFrog team is fixing it. To turn the pages, you just swipe your finger across the screen. If you want to hear a specific word you tap it. You can also grab words into a reader on the bottom of the page. And my son has figured out how to make the Leapster Explorer read the entire book to you. The title I am most looking forward to reading with my son is Scooby-Doo! Shiny Spooky Knights - but I have to wait until October 2010 for that one! Very appropriate for it to come out around Halloween. Other titles that are available now are Dora the Explorer: Dora Goes to School, Go Diego Go! Underwater Mystery, Ni Hao, Kai-Lan: Kai'Lan's Super Sleepover, Learn-to-Read Volume 1: Casey Cat Has a Bat an T-Rex's Mighty Roar. I think the T-Rex one is something my sons would really love. Videos: LeapFrog has a great library of videos, so it's no shock that you can upload some to watch on the Leapster Explorer. I am not quite sure how it works yet - or how the videos are divided. I know that the available videos are Letter Factory, Talking Words Factory and Math Circus. I have the actual DVDs of Letter Factory and Talking Words Factory and they are great. I honestly think the Letter Factory made learning letters and their sounds easier for my kids, so it's a great video. But the video we have on our device is only Part 1 - so I need to figure out how to get the other parts. I'll learn! I think when you officially upload a video into your device you get the whole thing and that I just have a trial video. That said, the quality is just like watching it on tv - but smaller. It's great! Game Apps: There are also small game apps that help teach learning skills, along with other life-skills. Some of the apps we've tried and enjoy are: Jewel Train - This is definitely a keeper. It's a fun game, but really it helps with logic as kids have to move train tracks so the train can move across the screen. Harmonies - My son LOVES Harmonies as he sings along with a quartet to tunes like Row, Row, Row Your Boat or Twinkle, Twinkle Litte Star. There are around 5 or 6 songs (I can't pry the Leapster out of his hand to find out) - I know Bach is in there, along with She'll be Coming Around the Mountain. It's so cute to hear my 4 year old sing along! Plus, he can conduct the 4 singers on the screen, turning their voices on and off. And he can also add sounds, like cymbals, a dog, a cat and drums. Sugar Bugs - This is a fun application. You get to take care of teeth, as they have all sorts of bacteria, dirty teeth, food stuck between teeth, etc. And you have to use the right tool, like toothbrushes, floss, fluoride, a sucker, etc to get the mouth clean. It gets progressively harder as you play. And if it is supposed to teach good brushing habits, I agree! My son wanted to brush his teeth to keep the sugar bugs off! Wheel Works - This one my husband thinks is too hard for our 4 year old. It teaches physics, as kids adjust ramp angles and speed to keep their wheel rolling in a prehistoric world. I agree it's challenging, but I think once my son masters Jewel Train, this is the next app to get. MORE: There is a Pet Pad game on your Leapster Explorer ready to play once you open it. This doesn't require uploading or cartridges to start play. You can create, modify and take care of three little pets. You choose their name, color, features and more. My son has created a rabbit, sheep and dragon. Once you create them you can feed them, "fling them", and bathe them. The only catch is you DO have to connect your Leapster Explorer to the computer to restock their food. ACCESSORIES: The Leapster Explorer will come with a USB cable to connect to your computer for additional interactivity. It uses 4 AA batteries, which do drain pretty quickly when your kids play with the Leapster whenever they aren't outside. Coming soon will be a Leapster Explorer Camera which will snap into a peripheral slot. It will be available around October 2010, giving kids the ability to take and customize videos and photos. It will retail for $24.99. Santa was planning on buying a kiddie digital camera for the kids this holiday, but I think he will simply go this route instead. FINAL SAY: Overall, we love the Leapster Explorer. It will grow with my son, challenging him at the appropriate level. Plus, more games and Leaplets will be coming out to keep it fresh and fun. The only bummer is the drain on batteries, but we always go through this when we get a new handheld.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Best Leapfrog Toy YetPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
First I want to start by disclosing that my family received a free Leapster Explorer to provide our own review. Let's start by saying that my kids are pretty much Leapfrog kids. They have grown up with leapsfrog baby toys, fridge magnets, leappad, leapster, anything and everything made by Leapfrog we have it because I have always believed in the brand My oldest is five and this toy has been a HUGE hit. we have leapster and he was not as interested on it as he is on this. The leapster explorer has a great handheld game feel to it. The graphics are exceptional and the games are fun. The toy came with a couple of games preloaded and he has been begging me for more games but they are not available yet. However those few games available have kept him entertained for HOURS. My middle child who is 2.5 years old gets a chance to play with it and the life skill games like the sugar bugs game has been a hit and just perfect for his age. I have found a couple of drawbacks to this toy. First it's a big battery drainer. Like I said my 5yo loves to play with it so we have gone through several rounds of batteries already. You can buy a recharger for an additional charge. the copy I received did not have that. Perhaps the biggest drawback I found on this game was the stylus. Unfortunately the stylus is not one piece and in my case the pen has come off the top, which means lost pen VERY often. I have already contacted Leapfrog about this and they said to just contact them once the game is officially out for a replacement. In my experience Leapfrog customer service has always been responsive to any inquiries. If by any chance you experience the same don't hesitate to ask for a replacement. In conclusion, we will be buying additional games and leaplets for this game for our sons to play with. I intend to follow up to have the stylus replaced as well. This is a great toy for kids.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
We Need TWO!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
(We received the Leapster Explorer from LeapFrog for review.) Let me first say that we are longtime customers and fans of LeapFrog. Though the Leapster Explorer is recommended for ages 4 to 9, my son who turned three this past month loves it. I am not sure if all three-year-olds would be able to manipulate the stylus and play some of the games, but he was indoctrinated into gaming using my iPhone at two. He definitely has the hand-eye coordination needed to play it. I have seen over the last few weeks that he’s getting better and better at some of the games. Of course some of it is above his cognitive level, but that doesn’t stop him from trying. On the other hand, the system is great for my five- (almost six) year-old who just finished kindergarten. She does have the skill set to work on the math and reading games and is challenged as she progresses through the levels. I always feel like kids will be interested in games featuring characters they are already familiar with. Available games include Disney Princess, Toy Story 3, Dora the Explorer, Penguins of Madagascar, Ben 10, Disney Fairies, Wolverine and the X-Men, NFL Rush, Spongebob SquarePants, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars. We have been playing the Penguins, Princess, and Toy Story games. They do like these games, but I will say they enjoy the games that are not branded just as well. The Leaplet apps are downloadable apps including e-Books, videos, and more games. I personally think that downloadable apps are a great idea. First of all, that means that there are fewer cartridges to keep track of. Second, it means that less packaging and resources are being used. As an iPhone user I am used to buying apps and I think that downloadable apps for gaming systems like the Leapster Explorer should be the future. I hope that at some point you can pay for apps on the LeapFrog website and download directly thus eliminating the middleman and packaging altogether. The e-Books are selections from the Tag library. Just like the Tag reader, you can touch words, listen to the stories, and touch pictures to hear sound effects. Integrating the Tag books into the Explorer is a great idea because it just adds to the possibility for kids to enjoy reading no matter where they are. Though there will only be six books released at launch, more will be available soon. Videos include Letter Factory, Talking Words Factory, and Math Circus. I was so impressed with the video quality! We put one of the DVD’s on the TV and played the same one on the Leapster and we couldn’t see the difference. We have a few of the six game apps loaded onto our Explorer. My daughter likes the Harmonies game where the child gets to conduct four singers. But what really got my son hooked is Jewel Train. In this game, the child must arrange the pieces of the railroad track so that the train can collect every jewel on its way to the station. It’s a logic game with 25 levels. I thought there was no way my little guy could figure this out, but it has really captivated him. I am not sure what level he has made it to, but my husband and I both had to play it until we got to level 25! Here’s a hint: sometimes you don’t need every single piece of track. I was stumped on level 6 the first few times until I figured this out. Oops, maybe I shouldn’t have told you the secret. Sorry! When they say it can withstand kids, LeapFrog isn’t kidding. Ours has been dropped…a lot. Not to mention that my son drags it around by the stylus. The stylus did come off, probably because my son is so rough with it, but I popped it back on. A minor criticism is that the slot for the stylus is in the left hand side. If you put the stylus on the right hand side for right-handed users, then the stylus cord crosses the system to put it away. Since the majority of people are right-handed, I think it should also store on the right hand side. Our system came with the stylus on the left and I switched it over. We went through the first set of batteries in a couple of days because when one child wasn’t playing it, the other was. I threw in rechargeable batteries the second time. They will offer a recharger as one of the accessories. So I’ll tell you what my biggest problem is with the Explorer: We don’t have TWO. Seriously. Both kids love it and jockey for playtime. I plan to pre-order a second one so that both of my children can have one. This will be especially great to entertain them on car trips. The best news? Mommy can finally have her iPhone back!
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great for kids|Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
This is a good leapfrog product for all children. Good
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great Educational Fun On The GoPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
This is our little one's first experience with any sort of hand held gaming device and I was a little worried that she would not know how to operate it, especially since our little one's at the lower end of the age range for the Explorer. The great thing is that with just a little help from mom/dad and the fact that the Leapster Explorer is very user friendly for little ones our little one can interact with a variety of learning games on her own. Our little one likes the fact that she can just pick-up the game and play and that she can choose from a variety of fun things like practicing writing letters and shapes. From a parenting standpoint I like the educational value and the fact that you can expand upon the learning by adding apps, games and even a camera. A grow with me educational toy is always a plus. It's also fun to watch my little one pay attention, listen and follow directions given in the games. Our little one is a kiddo who likes learning, but the games are so fun even a reluctant learner could have fun and learn... without even realizing what's going on! The Leapster Explorer is sturdy and so far has been able to handle the not so delicate way in which my preschooler taps the screen and seems to toss it around. We have taken it on car rides and more. It's definitely a great addition to our families learning activities and will give us something fun to do while we wait in lines or on long car rides! LeapFrog sent us a complimentary Leapster Explorer to preview, but no monetary compensation has been given for this review.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great educational funPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
Leapfrog sent us their new Leapster Explorer for my kids to check out. We already own a Leapster2, a Didj and a Tag, and despite their ages (ages 6, 6 and 9) my kids say this is the most fun Leapster yet. Here's why: 1) You can do so much more than just play games on the Explorer. You can also watch videos, read e_Books, and create characters that you can upload to Leapster's online world, LeapWorld. The kids can't wait for the camera accessory to come out so they can use the Explorer to take photos and play around with the photos they take. 2) The screen is bigger and brighter and the graphics are nicer. 3) The Explorer has games that are challenging even at their level. They especially like the "Jewel Train" and "Wheel Works" apps because these games appeal to my kids puzzle-solving skills, and they can progress to ever-more challenging levels. There are also character-themed games for older kids like Wolverine, the X-Men, Ben10 and the NFL. Here are other reasons why I like the Explorer: 1) Like all Leapfrog products, there is an educational component to the Explorer, it's fun-based learning. 2) At $69.99, the price is right! 3) You can download apps from Leapfrog, so I don't have to buy them from a store or wait for an online order to be delivered. Here are some things that, in my opinion, need some improvement: 1) I'm not sure whether the old Leapster2 game cartridges are compatible with this new Explorer device -- even though they look like they would be, there is no mention of it on the product box or in the documentation. Leapster2 can play the older Leapster game cartridges, so I'm hoping the Explorer can play the Leapster2 cartridges! 2) I'm also hoping they come up with more e-Books for older kids. I guess my older child, age 9, is out of the Explorer age range, but even my 6-year-old twins feel like the e-Books right now are a bit babyish. 3) I'm not a fan of the chunky design, I prefer something sleeker like the Leapfrog Didj. 4) I wish the charger came with the basic kit instead of being sold as a separate accessory. The battery life actually seems longer on the Explorer than on the other Leapfrog products, but we still burn through a LOT of AA batteries!! Overall, the Explorer is a great product, both entertaining and educational.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Leapster Explorer ROCKS!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
My girls fight over who is going to use this every single day. We've had to flip coins to settle the battle, they love it. I love it as much as my kids. Leap Frog pretty much took like 4 different units and put them all in one. I like how there are games and then apps too that are more detailed in what they do. My 5 year old likes making her pets in pet pads and keep asking me to download more stuff for her pets. My 3 year old is learning to write letters and loves playing sugar bugs which teachers her about brushing her teeth. Their favorite game right now is Toy Story and my 5 year old has earned a few badges and is very proud of it. I like how excited they get when they earn a new reward. Speaking of rewards, I'm SO GLAD you can sign in to your own profile so the rewards are specific to the child. Having a 5 year old and a 3 year old there's a big difference. I want to be able to see how each of them is doing separately. The screen is huge and the colors and look of everything is awesome. I have only one thing I don't like about it, the shape. It's very hard for my 3 year old to hold and it easily slips out of her hands. We've really enjoyed playing with this and I'm happy with what my girls can learn with it. Leap Frog once again has not disappointed me. (I received a FREE unit from Leap Frog for my family and I to review).
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
The BEST LeapFrog product EVER!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
Disclosure: LeapFrog sent me a complimentary Leapster Explorer to try out, but no monetary compensation has been given for this review. I have long been a fan of LeapFrog products and the new Leapster Explorer is NO exception! It's absolutely awesome. All four of my kids, ages 6-11, have been using it and they love it, even though it's technically for up to age 9. My two youngest, especially, have been using it as often as I'll let them, since we received it several days ago. Since it hasn't technically been released yet, we haven't been able to hook the Explorer up to the computer, but all the pre-installed apps are great. My kids are thoroughly entertained and educated all at once and have nothing but good to say about the games. "The games are more fun than the Leapster 2's," says my 7-year-old. Kids can watch videos, read e-Books and play games via "Leaplets," which are downloadable learning apps. They can also go online to LeapWorld, where they can turn the achievements they've made in their Explorer games into tokens with which to create an online character and dwelling (similar to Webkinz, if you're familiar with that). The Explorer is very intuitive (it personalizes games according to your child's grade and remembers her progress) and the screen is very crisp. Even my 7-year-old noticed how great this screen is. Kids can use the accompanying stylus or just touch the screen with their fingers, which is great when you have a kid like I do, who thinks it's fun to cut off the attached stylus, as my youngest did on his Leapster 2. I can't wait for the camera accessory to come out this fall! It can be used to take pictures and videos, as well as edit them. Bottom line: This is LeapFrog's absolute best product yet! I'm very impressed with it and can't wait to see all the games and applets that come out for this new gadget. I think its price is very reasonable for everything it does. Your child will love it.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great Product|Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
Bought for 3 year old and did the set up myself. The instructions were pretty good but it does take some time. Also, it does not come with a wall (AC) charger. Really?! I ordered one to save on batteries. Overall, a great product as an alternative to normal non-educational games.