LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: Disney-Pixar Monsters University
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: Disney-Pixar Monsters University is more of a game-focused cartridge than a story-based one. This is a collection of puzzle and logic games that start out simply and then slowly increase in difficulty. These puzzle games -- which change each time you play them -- can be replayed over and over again.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- making new creations
Engagement, Approach, Support
Kids will be drawn into the movie setting without strictly following the story plot. The games are replayable and increase in difficulty over time so kids will stay engaged.
Kids can enjoy the freedom to play without a scripted experience or heavy prompting. The learning is subtle enough that they may not notice, but rich enough that they can bring the skills with them elsewhere in life.
In-game directions are clear and prompts help when kids get stuck. The LeapFrog Connect online learning software allows parents to track their child's progress through the game.
What's it about?
LEAPFROG EXPLORER LEARNING GAME: DISNEY-PIXAR MONSTERS UNIVERSITY touches upon the story from the movie, but doesn't replicate it. Mike and Sulley are reminiscing about their college days. Kids can help recreate those days by sneaking around college locations in search of coins, pennants, collectible trading cards, and souvenirs for their fraternity house. They must avoid rivals or trick them into getting caught. Kids can also create their own monsters (or monsterize themselves), record roars, and test out their scariness in the scare simulator. They can unlock new monster parts as they explore more of the college.
There are also two minigames. The first is a card matching game that starts with all of the pictures showing and increases in difficulty by turning the cards facedown. The other is a version of "Who am I?" Kids try to identify the correct monster by eliminating those with/without certain characteristics.
Is it any good?
Kids who enjoy puzzles and logic games will like LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: Disney-Pixar Monsters University. The progressive difficulty keeps things interesting even though there aren't a wide range of activities. There are plenty of unlockables, and parents can track learning on via the online LeapFrog Connect parent portal. This is a fun game that helps kids live out some Monsters University dreams while reinforcing logic and problem-solving skills.
Families can talk about...
Draw your own monsters. Turn them into your own "Who am I?" game.
Play a matching game with a deck of cards.
Build monsters out of recycled items and create an obstacle course with them.