LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Pony adventure is more so-so than magical.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn math skills such as probability and percentages as they help the My Little Pony friends strive to save their magical world. The math problems aren't always aligned with the game's story or content, but the increasing skill levels keep things from getting too stale. In LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, frustrating controls and repetition may diminish the fun, but the core math is solid.

Positive Messages

The ponies promote friendship, kindness, and acceptance.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Ponies are kind to their friends and work together to solve problems.

Ease of Play

Much of the game involves flying, which uses the device's motion sensor. Unfortunately, the flying controls are complicated and difficult to use.

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Consumerism

This game is part of a larger franchise with movies, toys, and other products.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is a math game inspired by the ponies' journey to retrieve the six Elements of Harmony from long-time villain Discord. Unlike in the TV show and the movies, the ponies have the ability to fly. This takes up much of the game, and the controls can be difficult for kids to figure out. The math lessons build from introductory to more advanced, but kids may need additional explanation and support to grasp the underlying concept of probability.

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What's it about?

When two My Little Pony friends start arguing, they accidentally free bad guy Discord, and the six Elements of Harmony are once again lost. This time, Discord turns the Elements over to villainous Pony doubles. Kids must first figure out how likely it is that a certain type of apple will fall from a tree, and then they stock up on apples by balancing an equal number on each side of a scale. Next, to catch their doppelgangers and stop Discord, they take off in flight, collecting stars along the way. There's a lot of flying before kids catch each double. When kids collect enough stars, they can buy upgrades to help their Ponies fly faster and farther. To get the Element back, kids use probability skills and interpret some basic addition and subtraction word problems.

Is it any good?

LEAPFROG EXPLORER LEARNING GAME: MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC will appeal to kids who are fans of the My Little Pony franchise. Unfortunately, that may be where the sparkle ends. The math-based mini-games aren't all that fun, and the flying is complicated and challenging. For kids who can work past that, there's learning to be had, but they may need some help if they aren't already familiar with the concept of probability. Some kids may enjoy delving into this world, but others will struggle to find the magic.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Practice addition and subtraction with physical objects.

  • Play balancing games wherein one group of objects equals the other.

  • Talk about probability and what it means.

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