We have a family of gamers, ranging in age from 18 down to 4. The younger kids always want to get in on the video game action, but the games are either not appropriate for them, or the controls are too complicated to handle.
Enter LeapTV, the first console gaming system actually designed for children aged 3-8. This system is not only extremely simple to set up (it took me under five minutes. . .even with twin four year-olds clamoring behind me), it is intuitive for the children to play.
I was not sure we needed another game console. However, this is not just another game console! This is true active, moving, learning play. We actually have way more motion in our living room than ever before, and the girls have even forced me to get up and dance (sorry neighbors!). Especially during our long North Dakota winters, it is nice to have the girls moving, rather than watching yet another video. the learning aspect does not hurt either!
Like all other LeapFrog Products, these games start at a baseline level based on your child’s age, and then adjusts according to ability level, therefore, growing at just the right rate. This is nice for my girls who are the same age, but at different ability levels for some games.
The games have three different play modes, and depending on the game selected, will either require no controller at all ( using the camera, and placing your child IN the game), or pointer controller, where the game is played similarly to a wii remote (but with a cushioned end and more natural grip), or classic control in which the controller is held in two hands and buttons are pushed.
The transitions between scenes in games can be a bit slow at times, but worth the wait, and allows for some downtime for excitable kids. The graphics are fresh and clear, the sound is good, and, most importantly, play value is high! This is a system that my girls will enjoy until they “grow into” the x-box or playstation in their upper elementary years.
As a frugal mom, I would appreciate a rechargeable controller.
If you have more than one child who will play, or frequent playdates, you will want to purchase an additional controller.
Additional games are easily downloaded using the built-in wi-fi, or fun relatives can purchase game cartridges for birthdays and holidays. The system comes with one bonus game, Pet Play World, but you will want to make sure that you have at least one additional game. My girls love the Sofia the First game, and there is a lot in that game to keep them busy! Purchase it: at Amazon, Kohls.com, LeapFrog.com
Disclosure: I was sent a sample of this product to facilitate my review. However, all opinions are my own, and I was not required to post a positive review.