One of the best things about LeapPad cartridge games is that they are interchangeable with the Leapster Explorer too!


Pet Pals 2: My boys absolutely love this game (even my 9-year-old) and have squabbled over who gets to play it countless times. Similar to Webkinz in its game play, kids adopt a puppy, feed and water it, play with it and earn Puppy Points, which they can use to buy items for their pets.

Here’s LeapFrog’s description:

Explore emotions and responsibility as you adopt and take care of your very own puppy!
• Cartridge game works with the Leapster Explorer™ and LeapPad™ Explorer systems (sold separately).
• Give your furry friend treats, toys and teach it tricks.
• Use mathematics skills to win the dog show.
• Explore a town full of fun surprises.
• Teaches emotions, responsibility, numbers, counting, addition and subtraction. Appropriate for children ages 4 to 7 years (grades pre-K to 1).

Pixar Pals: This game is completely different from Pet Pals. Kids have to solve puzzles and use logic to move through the levels and earn prizes and badges. Moving around seems to be similar to Mario. Logan really enjoys this one, especially because he loves the characters (Nemo, Dory, Woody, Buzz, Wall-E and Eve). Even though this game is for the same age range as Pet Pals 2, Cody doesn’t like Pixar Pals as well as Pet Pals 2, but he’s technically too old to play either. =)

Here’s LeapFrog’s description:

Complete science and logic challenges, solve puzzles, unlock mini-games and more with WALL-E and EVE, Nemo and Dory or Woody and Buzz!
• Cartridge game works with the Leapster Explorer™ and LeapPad Explorer™ systems (sold separately).
• Sort trash and recycling with WALL-E.
• Use logic skills to help Woody and Buzz.
• Explore Dory’s ocean habitat and help find her friends.
• Appropriate for children ages 4 to 7 years (grades pre-K to 1).

LeapSchool Reading: This game is bordering on being too young for Logan, who is in 2nd grade, but since his reading skills are fairly average for a 2nd grader, he still enjoys it. The spelling part is especially good for him, as he tends to spell his words phonetically rather than the way they are actually spelled.

LeapFrog’s description:

Meet the kids from the coolest school in the world in this fun reading adventure!
• Complete quests and treasure hunts while building reading skills in 26 games.
• Guide characters to the word with the correct spelling.
• Help each of your friends build a yearbook page.
• Teaches early reading skills, spelling and logic skills. Appropriate for children ages 4 to 7 years (grades pre-K to 1).
• Cartridge game works with Leapster Explorer™ and LeapPad Explorer™ (systems sold separately)

15 Responses to “Review: LeapPad cartridge games: Pet Pals 2, Pixar Pals & LeapSchool Reading”

  1. Amber says:

    We want to get one of these toys so badly, especially the LeapSchool Reading game!

  2. Shona says:

    My 6 year old LOVES his LeapPad. He has Cars 2 and Pixar Pals, and loves them both! I am also a huge fan of the apps that you can download for it. I love how LeapFrog tells you what subject the game teaches the child. I also love how my son learns so much just by playing a game he loves!

  3. candace says:

    My six year old got the leap pad explorer for Christmas. This is one of the most worthy gifts he has received EVER!!!!

  4. Heather says:

    My daughter got the LeapPad for her birthday earlier this month it is a huge hit here. Her favorite games are Toy Story 3, Mr. Pencil and the Pet Pals games. I picked up most every game at Target on Black Friday I have several stashed away for later.

  5. Holly says:

    Does anybody else have trouble with the pet pals 2 loading and not reading the game?

  6. Julie says:

    My daughter is six years old in first grade. She has the leapster explorer that she got last christmas and now the leappad this year. She is ADHD and has a very hard time focusing but these learning tools have helped her so much. She can actually spend over and hour playing the games and not get bored or frustrated. She has the pet pals 2 game and spent 4 hours playing it yesterday. I love that pet pals 2 engages her letter tracing and math skills. She also got the Tangled game and it is great for spelling words. You can customize the words she is working on. Tinkerbelle was a little confusing but is great for challenging her. I LOVE the mr. Pencil game she has improved her writing skills by playing this game. I would recommend these games to any parent of a young child they are great.

  7. Michelle says:

    Was able to find 2 Leap Pads one for my 7 year old and one for my 2-3/4 year old. We gave them as a Cristmas present and they have not put them down. I got Pet Pals 2 primarily for my 7 year old dayghter and Cars 2 for my 2 year old son. I am considering buying another copy of these because they are fighting over them. We also got a free app from LeapFrog when we purchased, I put Jewel Train on my daughter’s and an e-book of my son’s. He keeps taking her’s because he likes playing Jewel Train…and he does a good job at it.

  8. Andrea says:

    Bought pet pals 2 for my four year old daughter and she absolutley adores it

  9. Mandi R says:

    One big suggestion if you have more than one child with a LeapPad. Try to stick with apps and downloadable games. My children has Mr Pencil cartridge and fight over it all the time but if I bought it as downloadable game they both could play at the same time.

  10. Sheena says:

    Did you know that a lot of the games are now available in app form. No need for a cartridge. If you buy the app you can download to both systems as we did since my oldest got the new leadpad and gave his sister his explorer. It works great for us because my 4 year old often forgets to put the cartridges back in the case and our dog thinks they should be chew toys. We had to replace Petpals twice because of this!

  11. Jenny says:

    My daughter just turned 5 on Christmas day and completely LOVES her LeapPad. With some money she got for Christmas she picked out the Pet Pals 2 game and has so much fun with it. She also has a Leapster2 in which she has the original Pet Pals game, so we knew it was an easy sell for her since she likes the original so much too.

  12. Corey says:

    How does one purchase/load food for the dog on pet pals?

  13. Emma says:

    If Pixar Pals is even half as awesome as the Toy Story 3 Game Im Sold.

  14. Lorine says:

    How did you download to both systems? is there a trick?

  15. shalon says:

    We bought my son (3) and stepson(5) leap pad ultras for christmas. They each got two games a piece. Some how the 5 year old was able to download the 3 years games to his leap pad and now he doesn’t need the cartridges to play the games. We are trying to figure out how he did it so we can put his games on the 3 year olds that way they don’t have to share cartridges. Can anyone help???

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