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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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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.
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