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Leapster Outwit!

Leapster Outwit!

Fall 2008 Software
Ages: 5 - 8 yrs.
Producer: Scholastic Inc.
Price: $24.99
Review:
In Leapster Outwit!, learning abounds. Clear instructions and demonstrations make navigation simple, and while the game tasks are timed, there is no sense of a learning drill. The game opens with an outdoor circus scene. Five tents sit in front of a larger arena that hosts "the main event." Players must complete three games in each of five tents, encompassing a wide variety of skills including categorization, counting and arithmetic, memory, pattern completion, logic and identification of letters, shapes, and music notes. Each game is timed and points are awarded based on the number of correct answers in the time frame. Once the player has completed all 15 games, he or she moves to the "main event."

All aspects of the game are very creative. Each tent is identified by a different animal (e.g. the monkey tent), so when the player selects a tent, that animal appears on the screen to provide instructions. Players receive trophies based on their total points, with past trophies displayed in the "trophy room" for users to track progress. Once a player has completed all levels, he or she can play again beginning at any point. Subsequent plays display the past high score for each game and prompt users to try to match their past score. When played on the Leapster2, players can earn additional bonuses (such as coloring pages) by connecting the game unit to a computer with Internet access.

Above all else, Leapster Outwit! gives children the opportunity to build confidence as they triumph over past attempts.

Sara Hammig   ©2008 Parents' Choice

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Scholastic Inc.
http://www.scholastic.com
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Major Retailers
Leapfrog Enterprises, Inc
http://www.leapfrog.com

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