Zippity

Common Sense Media says

Preschoolers run and jump to play learning games on TV.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

All the characters encourage kids to move and learn important preschool skills including identifying colors and numbers.

Positive role models

All of the characters are supportive of the player and encourage running and jumping as well as learning.

Ease of play

The game is very easy to play with good instuctions. However, there is a slight lag between the child's movements and when things happen on the screen.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism

Many of the characters in the games are branded Disney characters like Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Winnie the Pooh, Handy Manny, and others.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Zippity is a plug-and-play gaming system for preschoolers with add-on cartridges that make it expandable. The gameplay encourages preschoolers to move, dance, run, and jump while also introducing educational concepts like learning numbers and letters of the alphabet. It is played on a special mat controller, similar to how DDR games are played. However, this mat controller also has a giant joystick called a "bopper," which allows young kids to learn how direct characters in video games.

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What's it about?

The ZIPPITY LEARNING SYSTEM is the result of a collaboration between LeapFrog and Disney. It plugs directly into your TV to create a gaming system for preschoolers. Kids play by running and jumping on a special mat controller and using a waist-high joystick called \"The Bopper.\" The mat has four colored spots on which to step. The bopper can be moved to the right, left, away from you and toward you. Some of the games use just the mat, while others use both the mat and the bopper. The games introduce the preschool learning skills of memory, following directions, music, numbers, letters of the alphabet, colors and beginning Spanish. All of the games can be played on two levels of difficulty. For example, one of the easy games on level one is played with Goofy, where he shows you how to dance by placing your feet on the colored spots on the mat. He shows you an order in which to step on the colors and asks you to repeat it. As you do, he dances on the screen.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The Zippity is a good way to introduce young children to learning games. It makes the learning fun because kids are playing with branded characters that they enjoy. But more importantly, the games encourage kids to do physical things they like to do, like dance or march in place. It also does a good job of introducing young children to how to play video games. Each game has a tutorial and two of the eight are side-scrolling games which use the bopper to navigate.

The games have high quality TV graphics not usually found in a plug-and-play game, and the music is very well done. In the games with The Little Einsteins, you even learn about such classics as Vivaldi's The Four Seasons and Grieg's Hall of the Mountain King.

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Game details

Platforms:Plug and Play TV games
Price:$65
Available online?Not available online
Developer:LeapFrog
Release date:August 15, 2009
Genre:Exergaming
ESRB rating:NR for (Plug and Play TV games)

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Parent of a 2 and 2 year old Written bykawasaki January 27, 2010
Parent of a 3 year old Written bytlgbradford October 18, 2010
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Pricey toy if the company isn't going to follow through with good software.

Not worth the money. I had high hopes since it's from Leap Frog, but the preloaded games get boring very quickly, and they have been very slow to introduce new games, and they are almost impossible to fine. Found 1 on clearance at toy store this weekend. Pricey toy if the company isn't going to follow through with good software.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Parent of a 2 year old Written byHolly_Wood18 January 25, 2011
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Perfect for teens, but not Pre teens

I Love it. It's a really good game for 2 year olds+. My kid JJ love's it.
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Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

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