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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that LeapFrog LeapTV: Blaze and the Monster Machines is an educational game that focuses on math and physics. Kids will use all three controller modes on the LeapTV and will need to be comfortable switching back and forth among them. The multiplayer mode allows a friend or family member to join in on the track racing. The 15 levels will take kids a while to play through, but they include a lot of repetition of activities.
What's it about?
LEAPFROG LEAPTV: BLAZE AND THE MONSTER MACHINES starts with an animated clip in which Crusher tries to steal the Super-Duper Stunt Track that Darington built. When the pieces end up scattered, Blaze races off to try to get to the pieces before Crusher gets them across 15 levels. Each level has a few games and activities, such as collecting golden tires (which give speed boosts) and avoiding obstacles. Sometimes kids will need to choose the lane with the correct answer to a math or science question such as "Which lane has the number 2 represented with dots?" or "Which lane has the object that requires the most force to break through?"
Is it any good?
This is a clever way to introduce preschoolers to some basic physics and number concepts while engaging them with some cool monster-truck characters. The story line is a simple one kids will recognize: Jealous character tries to ruin things for everyone else, but good guys fight back. The physics are accessible for young kids and presented in a way that kids will find appealing. Although the environment changes, the levels may start to feel repetitive. Most kids in the target age won't care, though, as they'll enjoy driving monster trucks around. As a bonus, they can learn a lot about the parts of different construction machines and how they work.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about ramps, platforms, force, trajectory, and other physics elements and concepts. Can you build your own track out of blocks, cardboard boxes, or whatever else you have available?
Talk about numbers. What things can you find with a number on them around your house?
- Platforms: LeapFrog games
- Subjects: Math: numbers
Science: engineering, physics
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: logic, making conclusions, solving puzzles
- Price: $19.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: LeapFrog
- Release date: August 1, 2015
- Genre: Educational
- Topics: Cars and Trucks, Adventures
- ESRB rating: NR for No Descriptions
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