Part of our role as Leapfrog ambassadors involves reviewing new products. We recently received the new Imagicard game – Blaze and the Monster Machines, no less!
The game is for 1 player, is aimed at children aged 3-5 and it teaches Science as they play. It has an RRP of £19.99 and is available now. Rather than spend ages writing about what is included in the set and trying to explain the different types of cards, I made this short unboxing video so you can see for yourself what is included.
There are 10 of each type of card. (Numbers, Characters and Transformations). The game begins by Blaze asking which one of his friends you want to help. There are 9 to choose from at this point.
The game you play and the path your game takes will vary, depending which character you choose, and the options you select as you progress. The challenges include several scientific aspects, a bit of maths and a lot of fun. The game really is a great way for kids to learn as they play.
It’s really difficult to explain how well the game plays and how smooth it is to control, so I made a demo video so you can see for yourself.
I really liked the fact your child can’t just skip the educational part. They have to listen to the question in full before they can answer it. I also thought the fact it tells you you’re wrong rather than just saying “try again” was a good thing. It always frustrates Syd when she doesn’t get told why to try again.
The game is really smooth to control, and I was pleased to find out you could still play the game even when you didn’t have the cards with you. On the back of the playmate, there are instructions for 2 games to play with the cards, that do not involve the leaped. This also pleased me, as it means you can put the tech down and enjoy the cards with others!
All told, I really like the game. My 3 and a half year old daughter could play some parts of it, but a lot left her confused. I personally would recommend this game for children aged 4 and over.
We were sent the game for the purpose of this review, but all words and opinions are my own.