As Leapfrog Ambassadors, we are occasionally sent items to review and test. We were recently sent Leapfrog’s new LeapPad Platinum and TMNT Imagicard Game to review. The Leapfrog Imagicard TMNT Game is aimed at children aged 5-8 years old. It has an RRP of £20 and stealthily teaches maths within a new style of interactive platform game.
The Imagicard game is a tin containing playing cards, a fold – out board and a key code to download the game to your Leap Pad. (It is compatible with the Leap Pad Ultra, LeapPad 2 and 3, and the new Platinum Leap Pad). It’s difficult to clearly explain just how clever the Imagicard system is, so I have recorded this demo video, showing you how the first level works…
I love how the game plays like a platform game, yet it weaves maths within the levels and keeps the player engaged. My own children are a little young for this, but my friend’s 6 year old spent hours playing and went from not understanding fractions to answering the questions with ease as the game progressed and the difficulty increased.
I was also amazed at just how responsive the Imagicard system as a whole was – The LeapPad Platinum automatically recognised cards when they came into focus on the rear camera. You don’t have to press any buttons, just hover over the required card.
My only gripe with the set was that the board is made from paper and it ripped really easily. You don’t really need the board to play the game, but the instructions are on the rear, so it was a bit of a problem when it ripped before we were confident with how the game worked.
One HUGE plus from a parent point of view is that you can actually still play the game if you lose the cards. There is an option within the game to find the requited card from the database. I can imagine this will be a godsend when one of the cards is inevitably lost. (Anyone who has ever lost one of the Monopoly property cards will understand just how helpful this in game card option is)!
On the whole, I really am beyond impressed with Imagicard. While the TMNT game is a little old for my own kids, I will definitely be getting them the new Letter Factory Adventures game for Christmas.
This is not a sponsored post. We were sent the item to review, but all words and opinions are my own.