Leapfrog Leapster Explorer – UK Guide and Review
We have a four-year-old boy at Toy Tattle Towers that got his own Leapster Explorer for his birthday so you can consider this a true hands-on review.
Leapfrog Leapster Explorer Features and Information
The Explorer is available in two colour-ways: the white with a green trim as pictured; and white with purple.
The Explorer takes handheld gaming for kids to a new level. Educational electronic gamers for kids have been around for a whole, but in the past have concentrated simply on numeracy and literacy skills. What makes this one special, is that it also encourages artistic creativity, logic and reasoning, and teaches on topics such as health, science and geography.
The console is controlled via that traditional side buttons that are found on all handheld games systems, but it also has a touch screen and stylus.
The games are played via a cartridge loaded into the top, and titles include famous kids TV and film characters.
The Explorer does not have a built in camera, but you can buy an camera attachment separately for around £15. This lets you kids take photos, store them on the gamer, and use built-in software to artisticly edit the pictures using the touch screen.
Buy Leapster Explorer And Games In The UK
You can buy the Leapster Explorer and games from a number of stores in the UK, and online at The Entertainer and Toys R Us. For a wider selection of games, and frequent discounts and offers, check out Amazon.
Leapster Explorer Review
We couldn’t be happier with our Leapster Explorer. The gamer is inituitive to use – our son picked it up and was able to use it instantly. He has used a Leapster 2 before which clearly gave him a head-start on non-gamers.
It is surprisingly robust. It has been dropped on a hard floor, and taken a tumble down the stairs, and whilst I wouldn’t recommend you do the same, it is still working fine.
You don’t need to go crazy with buying games. We have just two, and there is such a variety of mini-games on each cartridge that we rarely see anything other than the Toy Story 3 game in action.
One small criticism is that although the gamer is made for children aged 4 years and up, it still looks quite bulky and heavy in little hands. I look forward to seeing the LeapPad Explorer, released this Summer, as its tablet design looks easier to hold, or even lay flat on a table and play without needing to grip it.
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