Leapster L-Max Learning Game System

Game review by
Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Souped-up Leapster with exciting new features.

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this new version of Leapster extends the play options to include game play using a television screen. Kids can plug the handheld into the television for a big screen experience and unplug for on-the-go gaming without a break in the game play. Parents can see what's happening in the program as it's projected on the TV screen. At times, the L-Max even creates a dual screen where what appears on the handheld is different from what appears on the television screen -- it's cool.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 4-year-old Written byNellie Y. April 27, 2019

Bad word filter on Leapster 2 thinks my daughter's name is a bad word

It won't accept my daughter's name as a user name. Not a difficult name mind you: Gina. Half hour spent trying to get it to work while she eagerly wai... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old December 2, 2019

I have two Leapsters

I have the original and the Explorer.


What's it about?

With the LEAPSTER L-MAX LEARNING GAME SYSTEM, kids still get the mechanics that made the Leapster system work so well, including a touch-sensitive high-resolution screen (160 x 160 pixels); good sound quality; a multi-directional game pad button and other outsized gaming buttons. But what makes this version special is that it can plug into a television for a bigger-screen gaming experience. In addition, when the new L-Max is connected to a television, it will, at times, create a dual-screen experience by displaying different images on the television screen and the handheld screen. Kids also can draw on the handheld screen and then send what they have created to the TV screen, and they can disconnect from the TV and continue in the handheld mode without a break in the action.

Is it any good?

For owners of the old Leapster, is the new L-Max worth buying? Yes, because being able to extend play to a large TV screen allows parents to share in their child's learning experience. The L-Max also makes it much easier for parents to give their kids support and encouragement. Finally, the dual-screen gameplay in the new L-Max titles, such as Letters on the Loose, adds an exciting twist.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the L-Max enhances parental involvement in the Leapster learning proces. What is the advantage of that?

Game details

  • Platforms: Leapster
  • Price: $99.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: LeapFrog
  • Release date: August 19, 2005
  • Genre: Educational
  • ESRB rating: E
  • Last updated: May 29, 2019

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