Wednesday 3 December 2014

LeapFrog LeapTV Review

It is no secret, we love LeapFrog products in this house. They are perfect for the ages that my children are now so when I first heard about LeapTV I was eager to have the chance to test it out, I mean the kids were.

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My children love to play on Just Dance on our Xbox however we struggle with the kinect picking them up on the camera properly sometimes. LeapTV is designed specifically for children aged between 3 and 8 years old. In simple turns it is educational yet active video gaming.

In the box you receive :

Motion Sensing Camera
Transforming Controller with Wrist Strap (requires 2AA batteries not included)
HDMI Cable
AC Power Adapter
Camera Mount

The console itself was so easy to set up with both instruction booklet and on screen instructions, it took around 15 minutes in total.  An added bonus is that it doesn't take up too much space. The console itself is quite compact and the camera can be popped on a flat surface or mounted on top of your TV. 

You can set up profiles for up to five children, this allows you to set the level of play specifically for each child, making the games as easy or as hard as they need to be. Being WiFi  connected allowed for me to easily sign into my account on the computer and transfer profile straight over to the LeapTV.

With three ways to play : body motion, pointer play and classic control, there will never be a dull moment.

The body motion allows your children to dance around and use up all that extra energy they might have. The pointer play and classic controls really help with their gross motor skills, twisting and turning, shaking and tilting.

I was impressed by how well the camera picked up each of the kids, there was no need to jump up and down and wave your hands around wildly.

The games are simple yet challenging and your kids are learning and exercising whilst having fun. There are over 100 games and videos available either through downloading or by placing a cartridge in the console itself.

With a recommended price of £119.99, it is a lot cheaper than most other gaming consoles. My only gripe is that it comes with the one controller so you would need to buy a second one separately (£24.99). 

Overall I can't fault it. The games grow with your child, automatically adjusting levels as your children get older. And parents have peace of mind that their children aren't just getting lost to technology because all games and videos are designed, reviewed and approved by in house learning experts. Maths, science, reading and problem solving all combined in one tiny yet clever console.


Disclaimer : I was sent the LeapTV FOC for reviewing purposes however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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