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LeapFrog Leapster GS Explorer (Purple)

$37.99

One area where the GS Explore falls behind your average handheld is the batteries. It takes four AA batteries which last roughly eight to ten hours, though your mileage will depend on whether you use rechargables and the brand and type you use. We’d recommend using rechargables, not least because you’ll go through a couple of sets a week, but also because Leapster’s own Explore Recharger Pack with batteries and charger costs a whacking £24.99. Annoyingly, we found the battery covers on our review sample almost impossible to remove. In the end we resorted to prising them off with a palette knife, which is hardly ideal, and we know we’re not alone in taking such drastic measures.

One area where the GS Explore falls behind your average handheld is the batteries. It takes four AA batteries which last roughly eight to ten hours, though your mileage will depend on whether you use rechargables and the brand and type you use. We’d recommend using rechargables, not least because you’ll go through a couple of sets a week, but also because Leapster’s own Explore Recharger Pack with batteries and charger costs a whacking £24.99. Annoyingly, we found the battery covers on our review sample almost impossible to remove. In the end we resorted to prising them off with a palette knife, which is hardly ideal, and we know we’re not alone in taking such drastic measures.

Reviews

Leapster GS Explorer Accessories:

In terms of apps and games, the GS Explore comes bundled with Pet Pad, a fun pet sim with some added early-level literacy elements, apps for capturing and customising photos and video from the camera and Escape of the Sillies, a slightly bizarre game where you can customise the titular critters, tap on them to build up energy then play basic maths games to release them through a portal into the real world. This app makes some nice use of the tilt controls and camera, though there aren’t any interactive augmented reality bits, like you'd find in the AR games on the 3DS or Invizimals on the PSP. Still, the ability to customise the Sillies with photo faces and recorded noises was much enjoyed by our six-year-old tester (not to mention her forty-year-old dad).