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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The many positive messages of the film are watered down here by the fact that the scenes in the game are only loosely connected to the full Up story. Still, morals about friendship and cooperation do come through in the game.
Positive Role Models
Carl, Russel, and Dug the dog all want to help one another during the game. They provide each other with encouraging comments and other positive reinforcement.
Ease of Play
The challenge level is very well set for the target age demographic.
Violence & Scariness
In one minigame, Russel must evade vicious dogs. If he's touched by a dog, he yells "Ouch!" and his health bar decreases. In another minigame, thunderclouds threaten the flying house; bumping into them only means you lose a bit of helium, though.
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Products & Purchases
The game bears a connection to the Disney/Pixar film, Up. No selling of the movie or peripheral products is done during the game, though.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this Leapster version of Up presents mini-games that are loosely based on scenes from the movie, but doesn't attempt to tie those scenes together to retell the story of the film. While the game is suitable for children as young as 5, there are a few bits that's could be scary to some children, including dark, lightning-spewing thunderclouds and growling, teeth-baring dogs.
Is It Any Good?
The Up game for Leapster offers three fun, nicely planned out mini-games. The gameplay is far more interesting than simply answering math problems, thanks to some nice added elements. In the dog-dodging game, for instance, Russel can throw a ball to distract the dogs or hop on the back of Kevin (the giant bird) for a speed boost. The goal of filling your adventure book ties the mini-games together, but it would have been nice to get some larger sense of story from the game.
Online interaction: Leapster 2 users can win rewards, like certificates or coloring pages, which can be downloaded from the LeapFrog.com website when the Leapster 2 unit is connected to a PC via USB cable. With an online account at LeapFrog.com, parents can also track their children's progress through this same connection.
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