Parents' Guide to

Didj Custom Gaming System

By Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Leapster grows up into new gaming system.

Game Didj 2008
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 1 parent review

age 6+

after Leapster - u Didj Mom!

My triplet boys LOVE this game - and it helps build their math and spelling - which I love ! Also very sturdy construction.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1):
Kids say (4):

Leapfrog has made its name by creating fun ways for kids to use technology to learn, and Didj continues this mission. As kids get older and more savvy about technology, their expectations about what games should do also increases. They want better graphics, and the Didj does that with clean, crisp visuals. They want faster-paced gameplay, and the Didj delivers that as well, particularly in the Didj Star Wars: The Clone Wars game (sold separately for $29.99) where you play as Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker and wield your lightsaber as you fight evil droids.

But Leapfrog made some tradeoffs when designing this system. Unlike the Leapster, this system does not have a touch-sensitive screen. Instead, the Didj reverts to a complex button-pushing system, typically found in earlier game systems. The question of how good this new system will be ultimately depends on how good the games are that play on the system. Jet Pack Heroes, the free game that comes with the system, is just average fare. It plays like a slow-moving Mario-type side-scrolling game where the educational content has been placed on top of the gaming experience. You stop the gaming to answer educational questions. Educational content works better when it is baked into the gameplay and doesn't feel like an add-on. But what's worst in Jet Pack Heroes is that the game does not allow you to save your progress as you play through the 15 side-scrolling levels. That's a real turn-off.

Game Details

  • Platform: Didj
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: LeapFrog
  • Release date: August 22, 2008
  • Genre: Educational
  • ESRB rating: NR
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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