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LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: Disney-Pixar Monsters University



Kids develop scary-good logic skills with Mike and Sulley.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn logical thinking skills and express their creativity by playing with Monsters University stars Mike and Sulley. They use strategy skills and creativity as they sneak through college venues in search of pennants; while the mini-games work their memory and observation skills. Offering a nice combination of both thinking and creativity skills, this Monsters U game is a fun way to extend your kids' movie experience.

Positive messages

Sulley and Mike work together and cheer each other on.

Positive role models

The characters are friendly and upbeat with each other.

Ease of play

Controls are easy to use, directions are clear, and things respond as you would expect them to. This game is easy for kids to play.

Violence & scariness
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It is based on a popular movie franchise with plenty of merchandise tie-ins, but there are no ads within the game.

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.

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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.

Game details

Platforms:LeapFrog games
Subjects:Math: grouping
Skills:Thinking & Reasoning: deduction, memorization, strategy
Creativity: making new creations
Available online?Not available online
Release date:June 13, 2013
Topics:Adventures, Friendship, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
ESRB rating:NR

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Parent Written byRay Nataniel November 14, 2013

A good puzzle, but not so movie related..

Its a nice game all right, but I think that the relation of the game to the pixair characters is quite distant. Its more like a game that needs the characters than a puzzle action game like Smartball Gravity Games (and alike) which I think stands for itself.