LeapFrog products are HUGE in our home and really the only electronic games that I let my littles play, so of course when we were offered an opportunity to get a complimentary LeapTV for review purposes, I jumped at the chance. This is a great addition to the LeapFrog family of products and quite frankly I wonder what took so long because it’s seems like an instant classic.
The game system is easy to set up and small, which is great because we can leave it set up on the TV and it is very unobtrusive. The controllers (we were sent two, the system comes with one) are a great size for little hands and they sort of morph from a v-shape to a stick shape with the press of a button. This was all figured out by my 6 year old before I even laid hands on them.
The games are educational like all LeapFrog games and they have the added bonus of encouraging movement. Some games require body motion where all you are using is your body and no control; some games are played with the classic control and some with the controller turned into a stick for pointer play.
I have a 3 year old and a 6 year old, the game system is designed for children between the ages of 3 to 8 years old. I will tell you that my 6 year old LOVES it, she can’t get enough of it and her favorite games thus far are the Ultimate Spiderman and Jake and The Neverland Pirates. My 3 year old is interested, but I can tell she has to grow into it a bit.
I would say that we had some issues figuring out how to use the controllers and by “we” I mean the adults in the home, the kids seem to know how to use them just fine.
(Update 8/9/2015: We still have issues with the controllers. Sometimes the LeapTV doesn’t register that they are “connected” and we have to fidget around to get them to connect again. It can be annoying when the kids are in the middle of a game.)
One thing I really love about this system is that I KNOW I will not have any issues with any of the LeapFrog games and that they will all be kid appropriate and have an educational component to them. Plus it’s hilarious to watch my kids jumping around while playing some of the games. They seem to think it’s pretty funny when I try to get in on the action too especially when I have to get down on my knees so that the camera will think I’m kid-size.
*Disclosure: I received a LeapTV for review purposes.