LeapFrog Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Imagicard Learning Game

Game review by
Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Sewer mazes, Mouser traps make learning math fun.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division in entertaining ways. They also can learn to understand and recognize basic fractions. They'll practice using everyday language in mathematical concepts ("Yuck, spiders! Remove two spiders"). When navigating the sewers, kids will need to plan ahead and choose the correct Turtle for the job. Trapping Mousers will require them to use logic skills. LeapFrog Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Imagicard will get kids interested in math while exploring with their favorite turtles in a half shell.

Positive Messages

Ongoing theme of friendship and teamwork. Many puzzles requires different skills from different Turtles, so kids are required to utilize the whole team for success.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The Turtles work together, support one another, but they occasionally argue. Although focus is on positive characters, some villains appear.

Ease of Play

Simple controls; most mini-games, activities easy to play, although at least one can be confusing. There's a good tutorial for using the Imagicards.

Violence & Scariness

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fight Shredder, his team. Most fighting comes by way of math games; no blood.

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Consumerism

Based on the popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV show, franchise.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that LeapFrog Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Imagicard Learning Game is an adventure title with math and logic learning built in. It uses the LeapFrog Imagicard system, in which kids scan included cards to bring characters, numbers, fractions, and math symbols into the game for solving problems. Kids also can access virtual cards in the game, so the physical cards aren't required to play. This game is geared toward a slightly older audience (age 5–8) than the average LeapFrog titles and likely will be too challenging for very young Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fans. Some mini-games could be confusing to some players, and though the Turtles fight Shredder and his forces, these attacks are used in solving math problems. Players also many find themselves interested in checking out the other TMNT properties, such as their cartoons, comics, or toys.

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What's it about?

In LEAPFROG TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES IMAGICARD LEARNING GAME, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are once again fighting Shredder as they try to collect all the mutagen containers hidden around New York City. They have to use their different skills to navigate past obstacles in the sewers. They'll need their math skills to safely get past a room full of Mousers. And they'll need to listen closely to create the perfect pizza pie with some questionable ingredients (spiders, anyone?). A knowledge of basic fractions will help them figure out how much pizza is left once the Turtles are through with their meal. Kids also can challenge a friend (or play solo) in a trivia game, take pictures with TMNT props, and track their badges and Imagicard unlockables. LeapFrog Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Imagicard Learning Game covers a range of math skills, depending on the age, grade, and skill of the active player's LeapFrog profile. It includes number comparisons, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and fractions.

Is it any good?

This TMNT math-laced adventure is fun; who doesn't enjoy making a pizza covered in jelly beans, spiders, and pepperoni? Though traversing the sewers requires a certain amount of problem-solving energy to find all the mutagen containers, there isn't a lot of math built in to this main activity. It only appears via side trips to Mouser-filled rooms, boss battles, and helping the Turtles with their pizza obsession. The activities are engaging and likely will draw in kids outside the suggested age range. The Mouser trap activity may be tricky or confusing for some kids, but most kids in the intended age range will be properly challenged, engaged, and amused overall.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about working as a team. How do the Turtles work as a team? What are ways your family works as a team? Do you each have your own part to play in the household?

  • Talk about fractions. Why is baking a good way to talk about fractions?

  • Discuss working toward a goal. What are some of your goals? What are the steps you use to work toward your goals?

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