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This review is from: LeapFrog LeapsterGS Explorer Gaming System (Pink) (Toy)
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The Leapster GS Explorer has been the perfect gift for my nephew (even though it is pearlescent purple/pink - my niece can have it after he's finished with it). When he does visit me the only thing he's interested in is playing with my Nintendo DS so this gives him something geared more towards his age group but provides the element of learning rather than just play.
The system takes 4 x AA batteries or you need to buy the DC adapter separately which will probably end up saving on the cost of batteries. The battery backs are quite hard to remove which is great for durability but not when you spend ages trying to remove them to replace the batteries. When first switching it on there's the general information set up including country/language, name, pre/school level and profile picture. I had quite a bit of trouble trying to get the camera to work as it would just show a green or black box but after switching it on and off a couple of times the camera did switch itself on. Even when it showed it had taken a picture there was just a black square but again, switching it on and off fixed that.
Installing the software wasn't without its problems as I did get a few errors but trying it again it installed fine. We picked the football game as my nephew is almost 4 (the other 2 games were a bit more advanced). This took about 4 or 5 minutes to download with the additional game (Escape of the Sillies) before you can actually play of them. Pet Pad is available to play straight away. There is quite a wide range of apps available in the App store - they vary in price but there are a wide range of recognisable characters including Spongebob, Pocoyo, Disney characters, Sesame Street and more. From the software you can also download treats and shampoo on a daily basis for your pet.
The Explorer spends a lot of time talking to you - telling you what each of the menu options lets you do or what you need to do in a game. The bottom of the console has volume control and the option of plugging earphones in. There's the option of having 3 user profiles, there's a camera, video camera, options to edit photos by stretching them (very fun!), adding stamps, changing colours etc. watch game trailers which may get them interested in wanting to buy more games, a My Stuff folder to see photos, videos and art, Pet Pad to create your own pet to take care of, an option for connecting to the computer (supplied USB needed) and then it will add additional icons on a separate page for downloaded apps. It's very easy to navigate. I like that with things you do on various pages you gain badges and so start with a gold star then go into bronze etc badges. The console has the left and right shoulder buttons which I found quite annoying at first as I kept pressing them accidently when trying to get the profile picture. All of the pictures taken are actually saved in the My Stuff folder so quite a few needed deleted early on.
There's 2GB of space and it does tell you how big each game is before downloading. There are so many games to buy for it so it should last him well into his first few school years and gives friends and family the option of buying cartridges for it for Christmas/birthday etc. Even though he's not quite 4 yet, the buttons, touch screen and stylus are easy to use. Compared to the DS the stylus is a bit thicker but I would say the console feels a little heavier than the DS after putting in the batteries. I would highly recommend it though if you're willing to pay for extra games to keep their interest.