View Full Version : Leapfrog. (Educational machines)

November 7th, 2013, 02:00 AM


I haven't seen any kids playing with these things but I have seen them over the years at Walmart and Toys R Us.

They seem to license a lot of Disney products.

Have you ever tried out a Leapfrog device? Do your kids have 'em? What should I expect?

November 7th, 2013, 02:25 AM
I've only heard the insipid demo's playing at way-too-loud levels when they used to put them in the same aisle as the LEGOs at my local Target, back when I was in highschool. Those things got annoying really fast. That's the only exposure I've had with them.

I have a feeling they "game" selection is lackluster, and the educational value is minimal. But that's just a feeling, nothing more.

November 7th, 2013, 09:38 AM
My kids had one or two of them. The technology varies greatly by model. The last ones they were given from whatever holiday had one of the newer ipad ones which they (8/10 at the time) certainly considered an ipad/ipod. The games are pretty simple though and honestly a bit younger than that age would probably care about but they did enjoy it. A lot of the games say they teach x, y, and z and my parents and I were hard pressed to find how they think they're teaching that so in general it's just eye candy and distracting animations with simple alphabet type games.

I think the prices is horrendous so I wouldn't recommend it normally. IIRC the leappad thing was almost $100 or something then you end up buying games at $20/each (it wasn't out of my wallet and my wife was wanting them for the kids) so in reality getting the kids a PDA (my idea), or as it ended up eventually a used ipod or ipad would be almost the same cost (or any other run of the mill holiday priced android tablet).

I'll tell you this trick though, they're ALL OVER the place at Goodwill and other thrift shops if you can find the right model games and models. Kids out grow them pretty quickly so not much reason to buy a new one if you can find a store and price that you think it's worth the $10 gamble. .. well and $2 for some lysol spray :-)

The ones I was interested in trying to find were from that semi-false $12 computer announcement (http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9111759/_12_Indian_TV_computer_a_knockoff_of_80s_Nintendo_ system_not_Apple_II) years back. I sort of gave up. I look at the toy computers in Goodwill once and a while but never remember this name (Victor-70 I guess is what they used here). Apparently it has an NES cartridge slot lol but they were able to hack Geos to run on it which I thought would be cool if they stupid computers were obtainable somewhere.