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With this smart handheld system, children learn valuable school skills through a variety of animated
games and activities. Kids use the interactive touch screen and stylus throughout 30 educational
games featuring characters they love. The Leapster2 System also offers several options for creative
play. Little learners can easily connect online for extra activities and rewards. And best of all, parents
can use the Leapster2 to connect to the LeapFrog Learning Path, an online, interactive tool in which
parents can get updates and see firsthand what their children are learning. Leapster2 System comes
with built-in starter games; additional software sold separately. Requires 4 "AA" batteries, not included.
Measures 13"W x 10.5"H.
Put innovative creativity and fun at your kids' fingertips -- and watch them learn in the process -- with
the The LeapFrog Leapster 2 Learning Game System. This battery-operated handheld game system
goes where your children go, and brings plenty of learning fun along. It comes with two pre-installed
educational games, and many more are available: purchase an optional SD card separately for access
to additional online games and to take advantage of other online features; or you can purchase game
cartridges to add to your Leapster 2 repository. The included games have skill levels suitable for
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Children will love playing the educational games. View larger.

Insert different game cartridges (sold separately) for endless fun. View larger.                 What We Think
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The Good: Battery-powered console goes where your child goes, offers versatile, educational fun.
The Bad: An SD card, which must be purchased separately, is required to take advantage of some
Leapster 2 features.

 In a Nutshell: Handheld game console offers fun, educational games that accommodate your child's
learning curve. At a Glance
 Ages: 4 to 8
 Requires: Four AA batteries
        The console has a comfortable, curved shape, although it may be a tad large and heavy for
smaller hands. It features a full-color touch screen and sound that's a far cry better than the beeps of
old-school handheld consoles. (Parents will appreciate the volume control and a jack for headphones!)
Control and manipulate the console with the included stylus and with the videogame-style D pad and
other buttons. We found the initial set-up to be relatively easy: install the four required AA batteries,
and navigate through the self-explanatory screens to create user profiles for up to 3 children (which
come in handy for accessing online features). After this quick set-up, a menu screen will appear, where
you can choose to play the pre-loaded games, go online, or insert a game cartridge. Fun and Learning
 Leapster 2 games are designed to grow with your child ages 4 through 8. The console is pre-loaded
with two games: The "Dragons to the Rescue! Learning Game," is a "video game" type activity with
four different levels, the first helping kids identify letters and numbers, the most advanced giving them
spelling and multiplication practice, all while navigating a dragon past monstrous storm clouds and
scrambling to collect magic crystals. The "Creativity Castle Art Studio" is a rather low-tech art program.
Players can select a background scene to "color" using the stylus and "decorate" with fun animated
stamps. While it does foster creativity, this program is somewhat clumsy -- your Paint program on your
PC does a much better job. But "Dragons" was fun enough to keep even an adult tester enjoyably
diverted. Unfortunately, an SD card is required for taking advantage of some of what the Leapster 2
has to offer -- which is a drawback, because it must be purchased separately. For example, without the
SD card (which offers more memory) you cannot save artwork.
 In the meantime, without the SD card, you can still purchase game cartridges, as well as download
new games, or take advantage of the online "Learning Path". (This online program allows you to
register and upload your children's Leapster 2 profiles to show you their learning activities and their
progress.)Â And you still can plug your console -- with the included USB cable -- into your PC for your
children to view and print "rewards" for completing different game levels (for Dragons to the Rescue,
they're certificates of achievement) or to print pictures to color with actual crayons (to encourage some
"old-fashioned" creativity!) You must first install the Leapster 2 software on your computer, which
comes on the included CD-ROM. What's in the Box
 Leapster 2 Game System, USB cable, CD-ROM
 PC Requirements

All Leapster games work with all Leapster systems.
PC Requirements

Windows XP or Windows Vista operating system
Pentium III 500 MHz processor
Monitor resolution of at least 1024 X 768
Available USB port
256 MB of RAM (512 MB recommended)
300 MB free disk space
Internet connection
Microsoft Internet Explorer version 6 or higher
CD reader

Mac Requirements

Mac OS X 10.4+
PPC G4 or any Intel-based Apple computer
Monitor resolution of at least 1024 X 768
Available USB port
256 MB of RAM (512 MB recommended)
300 MB free disk space
Internet connection
Safari application
CD reader

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