Leapster GS Explorer Deals

By Stuart Andrews


Alex Walsh

January 23, 2013, 3:21 pm

The pink version of this was recently 20 quid on a rainforest themed tax avoiding website. Even with expensive games, it's definitely worth more than that.


January 25, 2013, 12:42 pm

Tough and rugged but most kids will have outgrown this by age 5.
The apps are expensive and most of them seem to have the same "teach my kids to count to ten with an American accent" theme.
There are some gems (such as the game "Jewel Train") but most of the apps here would find a better equivalent (and far greater selection) on the Ipad/Android tablets for about a third of the price.
I've also found that downloading new apps from your PC to this, if you pull the USB lead out without clicking on the "remove device" icon on their Leapfrog connect software you can corrupt the whole device...(Happened to me 3 times so far and also happened on the old leap pad 1)..which takes hours of software re-installation to fix. This even happens on Windows 7 so feels like a real throw-back to the dark days.

PS: You are meant to use the stylus to remove the battery cover.
(Put the point of the stylus into the circular hole on the battery cover and it pops right off).

Stuart Andrews

January 25, 2013, 2:35 pm

Hi Max

Are we talking about the same generation product? I have my review sample here with two battery covers, neither of which has a circular hole. They should slide off, but they don't.
I share most of your reservations. At £30 it's decent value, but I wouldn't want to pay more than that, and the app pricing is roughly 50 to 200% too high (depending on app).


January 25, 2013, 4:53 pm

Hi Stuart - Well spotted on the battery covers. Just checked and mine are slightly different (Bought it in the US) and have a tiny circular depression near the edge. The front looks identical to yours.


January 25, 2013, 9:32 pm

Shame this review didn't come out before christmas1

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