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81. Playhouse Disney's Stanley: Wild
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82. Zoboomafoo Creature Quest (Jewel
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83. Jay Jay Earns His Wings
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84. Cluefinders: The Incredible Toy
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85. Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius (Jewel
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86. Dragon Tales: Dragon Land Festivals
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87. Scooby-Doo Case File #2: The Scary
$7.10 list($19.99)
88. Disney Learning Adventure: Search
$19.99
89. Caillou Magical Adventures
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90. Armed and Dangerous
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91. Disney's Classic Animated Story
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92. Butt-Ugly Martians: Martian Boot
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93. Oregon Trail 4th Edition
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94. Barbie As Princess Bride
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95. Lilo & Stitch's Hawaiian Collection
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96. Where's the Blanket, Charlie Brown?
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97. Scooby-Doo: Mystery of the Fun
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98. Zoboomafoo Animal Alphabet (Large
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99. 102 Dalmations (Jewel Case)
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100. Mia's Science Adventure - "Romaine's

81. Playhouse Disney's Stanley: Wild for Sharks!
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Asin: B00006IKBW
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Disney Interactive
Sales Rank: 1452
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Playhouse Disney's Stanley: Wild for Sharks! takes kids ages 3 to 6 on a fascinating, fun-filled sea journey with Stanley. Kids adventure underwater with Stanley to learn loads of amazing shark facts, while developing their own environmental awareness for these amazing sea creatures. ... Read more

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars One Gem of a Program
Not only has "Stanley" become our 3 year-old son's favorite program on TV, it's also the one my wife and I admire the most. The creative team behind "Stanley" does a remarkable job of making the show educational AND fun. However, we had modest hopes for this software, because other educational software titles we've bought based on TV or movies have proven to span the quality spectrum from merely okay to downright lame.

Wow, were we ever pleasantly surprised. "Stanley: Wild for Sharks" borders on amazing. It's truly fun, yet truly loaded with educational opportunities. The creative team behind the software has done a commendable job of injecting a "scaffolding" approach to teaching young ones, and they've seemed to maximize the opportunities for challenging the three to six year-old set while minimizing the avenues that might lead to frustration as proficiency with the program increases.

I've lately tried to avoid giving a product five stars simply because I like it, but this one deserves six.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable on many levels
My son's new interest in aquatic life, particularly sharks, is what led us to this software program. He's four years old and very used to working on the computer so we have quite a collection of software. Well, this has become one of his favorite programs for many reasons but mainly because it is FUN. The key character, Stanley, is very likable, smart, and determined to get his school project finished. His British/Australian (?) sounding fish friend sounds nice to listen to and is a good "thinking" companion to Stanley throughout the program. The graphics and music are also very colorful and upbeat. Apart from just playing, I see that my son is also learning bits of information on ocean animals by referencing the "Great Big Book of Everything" during the game. The only frustration is that he wants to start every game from the beginning and if you click on a previously entered name the game picks up where you left off. Other software programs let you choose to start a new game each time. Nonetheless, we both like this program so much that I'm going to explore other Stanley software. By the way, we don't watch the TV program so it's not necessary to know the characters in advance of playing. Just have fun! ... Read more


82. Zoboomafoo Creature Quest (Jewel Case)
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Asin: B00016TJAU
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Brighter Child
Sales Rank: 4622
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83. Jay Jay Earns His Wings
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Asin: B000067PF3
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Brighter Child
Sales Rank: 832
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Buckle up and join Jay Jay the Jet Plane and friends for an exciting ride where the sky's the limit on learning. Best of all, kids get to help Jay Jay pass his flight tests with flying colors. Designed for children ages 3 to 7, Jay Jay's tests consist of delightful games, stimulating lessons, enchanting stories, and fun songs. Along the way kids learn about numbers, patterns, measuring, sequences, and much more. Filled with songs and even a surprise ending, Jay Jay Earns His Wings will launch a love of learning.

Based on the award-winning PBS Kids TV series, kids will find a magical world where imagination takes flight. They'll build skills in addition, matching, critical thinking, estimating, following instructions, as well as using a mouse. As they help Jay Jay prepare for his first solo flight, kids get to enjoy nature videos, explore six interactive learning games, and extend the fun with printable coloring pages. ... Read more

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Jay Jay EARNS His Wings
What a wonderful word for a child to learn: EARN. With concerns about my nephew being given almost anything he reaches for I bought this for his birthday. At four he is starting to develop a concept about work equating reward. His favorite cartoon show Jay Jay has helped with this wonderful computer program where Jay Jay has several errands to run to EARN his new job. The math skills taught were presented in a way that my nephew was totally unaware that he was learning! I'm looking to buy more Jay Jay programs. this one has done the job and more.

5-0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS!!
Jay Jay is one of my almost-3-year-old son's favorite TV characters. My son is fascinated with basic math right now. When I found that it taught simple math addition and measurement, etc., I decided to pick it up right away. After we ran it on my son's computer, we were pleasantly surprised by the vivid animation and the quality of the games it offerred. Usually the drawings of the characters in a computer do not look as good as what you would see on TV, but this one is just as good. It even plays the theme song in the beginning. BUY THIS ONE!! Your kids will learn a lot from it, even though he may think he is just playing an interesting computer game. ... Read more


84. Cluefinders: The Incredible Toy Store Adventure
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Asin: B00005LBVQ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: The Learning Company
Sales Rank: 209
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Saving San Francisco from a powerful shrink-ray is the order of the day for Owen, Joni, Santiago, and Leslie in Cluefinders: The Incredible Toystore Adventure, an educational role-playing game for third- and fourth-grade students. When two of the Cluefinders themselves are shrunk, they are beset by mice, spiders, and other suddenly giant monsters as they try to assemble the parts necessary to build a machine that will reverse the process. Meanwhile, the other members of the team must work out who built the malevolent device...and why?

The Incredible Toystore Adventure has a better mix of story and educational content than most games of its type, offering smart, resourceful characters and a mystery engaging enough to make the study component worthwhile. And make no mistake--this game drives young players hard. Wide-ranging drills in math, language arts, science, and other academic subjects are presented in a cheerful and interesting fashion. Drills come with four levels of difficulty and, if players want to build the anti-shrinking device, cannot be skipped.

This game also comes with a bonus CD containing an entirely separate game: Mystery of the Missing Amulet. This game carries the detectives across the galaxy on a quest to save a dying planet. Where The Incredible Toystore Adventure has a generalized focus on many areas of academic development, this second game is more narrowly focused, offering a tough workout for a child's language skills.

All in all, Cluefinders: The Incredible Toystore Adventure is a pleasant surprise--an educational game that can meet the high expectations of both parents and young players. (Ages 7 to 10) --Alyx Dellamonica ... Read more

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars Seems to be a good game..
I bought this game as a part of a three pack for Cluefinders. AFterwards I read a review where a person had trouble installing this on an XP system. That was one reason why I bought this game as the box states "Now Featuring XP compatibility.". With a bit of trepidation, I installed it in my computer, and then let my 8 year old have at it. I must say installation on the XP system went fine and after only about 3 hours of play we haven't noticed any strange glitches. This is definitely more of a learning game as opposed to a more fun style of game like Pajama Sam or Spy Fox. I saw that my child had to fill in the blanks of sentences, using words provided, and then arrange those sentences into a sensible paragraph. That provided a bit of frustration, and even the proper arrangement wasn't obvious to me. Still, by randomly moving the sentences around, you can eventually get the answer they are looking for. Same with the math questions. You will get an equation to solve and about 25 different answers are on the screen, and you click on the right one. I have no doubt my child just clicks till she gets the right one if she doesn't know how to do the equation. For less then ten dollars I got 3 Cluefinders games, and with only trying this one game, I am satisfied with the purchase. It seems perfect for this age group of 7-12 years where Reader Rabbit and cutesy games are too easy for them, and they want to feel like they are solving a mystery but also practicing school skills.

2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed again
I bought this software specifically because it said it would run on Windows XP. I had tried other Cluefinders on an older computer and was very happy with it. But since buying the XP, it's been a nightmare to get them to work. Despite it's claim that it's compatible with XP, (my system more than meets the system requirements), there were still technical errors. I tried the Program Compatibility Wizard and changing resolutions to no avail. Trying to contact their email support system has been unsuccessful so far - something about no being able to access it at this time. All in all, frustrating and discouraging. Cluefinders is off my list of educational games for now.

5-0 out of 5 stars works right, and my daughter likes it
This is the first "edutainment" software that I've been able to install without a hitch on our Windows 2000 system. We don't give normal accounts "Administrator" or "Power User" privileges, and it worked fine. Kudos to The Learning Company for finally updating their game engines to work cleanly (and securely) on operating systems newer than Windows 3.1!

It also properly adjusts and restores screen resolution, and with far more than VGA resolution.

My daughter enjoys it, and has played each disk several times.

I'll agree with the other review that the map section required some help at first. But she's been able to stretch her mind to understand all aspects of it, which is great.

5-0 out of 5 stars A 9 yr. old
This game is totally cheap (price wise) because you get one regular game and one bounus game... It is very educational and also is fun. This is a really, really great game!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Education vs. Fun
As I sat down with my niece to "play" this game I was struck by how interesting it was that software manufacturers could actually use games that are fun to help teach kids (and I dare say adults) and add to the education that children are receiving. This game was fun for us both because it helped my niece to recognize patterns, follow sentence structure, taught general mathematics in the elevator and showed that in the end you can have fun while learning.

I would definitely recommend this game to anyone who has a child in the 2nd, 3rd or 4th grade. However, you will need to sit down with them to help them figure out what exactly they need to do. The only reason I gave this product a 4 star rating instead of a 5 is that in one part of the game, the player is required to map out routes on a computer screen and it was very difficult for my niece to grasp. I believe that they set out to teach the player something they hadn't covered in school and it went above my niece's knowledge level.

Otherwise, this game is a very good educational tool and yes, we "both" had fun playing it. ... Read more


85. Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius (Jewel Case)
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Asin: B00006J3H9
Catlog: Software
Publisher: THQ
Sales Rank: 1397
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

In Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius kids hang with the teenage super genius, his best friend Carl Wheezer, and his trusty robotic dog Goddard. Play through six huge levels, including Jimmy Neutron's school, his neighborhood, Retroland, Retroland's power plant and its amusement park, and a final secret level. A slew of cool gadgets are at the ready, like Jimmy's shrink-ray gun, his jetpack backpack, a rocket ship, the Goddard scooter, and more. Jet, drive, and even hop around in a gravity bubble. Based on the animated film Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, kids unlock movie clips as they complete various levels. Remember: it's just a day's work for your average, teenage super genius, who's still gotta be in bed by nine. ... Read more

Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars Mother of 3 small children
Our son received this game for his 5th birthday. Once we downloaded all the updates for our graphics/sound software the game worked great. Our son loves trying to get to the next level. He is able to save each game and pick up where he left off. My husband also loves to play the game. A great game for a Jimmy Neutron or computer adventure game lover.

4-0 out of 5 stars really engaging
my 4 year old loves this game, i have to help him read the objectives but he also has to listen to them which is improving listening skills. Still not all the way through yet and purchased it 3 weeks ago!It's fun and very appealing to all ages.

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT
Got this game and my grandson who is 8 just loves it. He is ADHD yet he can sit for 5 hours doing this game. I love it as there is no violence.

4-0 out of 5 stars Cool game
I gave this game to my 5 year old for Christmas - he loves it! His 13 year old brother likes it too. The grahics are pretty good - look just like the tv show. Its hard to beat at the CD Jewel case price! ... Read more


86. Dragon Tales: Dragon Land Festivals
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Asin: B00006NT3T
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Encore Software
Sales Rank: 4123
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87. Scooby-Doo Case File #2: The Scary Stone Dragon
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Asin: B00009VRG1
Catlog: Software
Publisher: The Learning Company
Sales Rank: 96
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 6 activities and 2 mini-activities
  • 5 villains and 5 possible outcomes
  • 3 levels of difficulty: spooky, spookier, and spooktacular
  • Printables for fun away from the computer
  • For kids ages 5 to 10

Reviews (8)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Game
We have three of the Scooby Doo Case File Games.
My four year old loves these games. He will play it for a long time. There is problem solving and mazes and other activities in each game.

My problem with this game (and the other Scooby Games) is that there is no variability. Once your child solves the game and plays it again, the puzzles are essentially the same. The clues might change and the villian might be different, but the puzzles are the same and the clues are in the same places.

This is not a problem for my kids though. They both enjoy the game and play it for many hours.

Enjoy.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great fun but...
I would rate this a middle of the road four or at the very least a high three.

First the positive- the scooby gang are in a museum and a green glowing bug man has messed up the displays. They have to put the displays back together in order to earn clues. The clues point to a villian. Each of the 'games' or displays involves a different part of the brain- in one scooby has to jump on a conveyer belt to earn scooby snacks and collect bones, another is a puzzle, another is a matching game and so on. There are three different levels so you can have it fairly easy to fairly difficult. My five year old was able to play the easy with no help and the medium level with only a little bit of help.

The Negatives- The games are the same. The villians change but the games are the same- you are always doing a puzzle in the dinosaur room and it's always the same puzzle. The placement of the boxes in the puzzle might change but the idea is the same. I would have also liked to have seen the ability to change the levels of the puzzle as individual games, not the whole game.

However, it's a fun game.
I would also suggest the Freddy Fish games if your child likes to solve mysteries.

Enjoy.

4-0 out of 5 stars Close, but not the best.
If any of you have expierienced past Scooby Doo games of this style, then you will understand this. In comparison, the voice acting in this is sub-par. The vocal animations are so generic that every word they speak looks just like the last. The load times between screens is a lot longer in this one than in past games. However, the puzzles are clever, and the background animations and layouts are very colorful and creative. Dropping you in many foreign locales. A good representation, and learning tool, of different cultures. My 5 year old enjoys this. But, myself, as a Scooby Doo fan, did not think that much of it. It was a bit shorter than previous games as well. Good game. Just not great. Hope the next volume shows more promise.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Scooby fun!
My 8 year old loves this new Scooby game. She will play it over and over. The facts on China are cool and the animation is just like the TV show.

I highly recommend this Scooby game. We like them all but this one is definitely a favorite!

5-0 out of 5 stars Jessica & Hannah's Review
Jessica our 9 year old daugher said "this game is great, in one room you visit the cafeteria and you are challenged to blend different flavors of ice-cream until Shaggy gets the perfect cone. In each room you visit you need to find the clues to match the suspect until you find the glowing bugman". Hannah our 7 year old daughter said "this game is perfect, we both had fun with it and I think lots of people should have fun with it just like us" ... Read more


88. Disney Learning Adventure: Search for the Secret Keys
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Asin: B000063727
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Disney Interactive
Sales Rank: 799
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Mickey and the gang find themselves stranded in a haunted house inhabited by fun-loving and mischievous ghosts. Children ages 5 to 7 can explore and experiment within their environment, figuring out just how this wacky house works. It's a fun place that features experiential activities supported with curriculum-based lessons. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Fun Game That Helps with the Basics
This is one of the few games we own that challenges my four-year-old without boring him. Some of the other software we've purchased is too complicated for him to navigate on his own or the lessons are too basic. When he gets stuck in this game, a cartoon character pops up and gives a brief lesson. The lessons are short and catchy enough that they are actually interesting. Of course, my son often ignores the directions and moves through the game by trial and error. It helps to have an adult sit with him, so that he gets some educational value out of playing. On the other hand, sometimes we just let him do the trial and error thing, and he still has a great time. I think this is a wonderful game for a four-year-old to grow into. It helps, of course, that my son is a big Mickey Mouse fan.

The software basically allows the child to go to different "rooms" and complete tasks (games) that teach basic skills. In one room, the game is to alphabetize books that are labeled with just one letter of the alphabet. In another game, the child assembles suits of armor. Each piece of the armor is labeled with a number, and the child has to put the numbered armor together in different ways. The games get progressively more difficult as the child masters each step. I'm especially impressed with the fun way this game introduces addition and subtraction.

I'm now looking for a new game, and I'm trying to find one that's a cross between this software and Jumpstart's World Languages (the other game my son always wants to play.)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Fun....And Learning, Too!
This is a really great game. In it, Minnie, Mickey, Goofy, Pluto and Donald have to navigate through a spooky old house while being watched by those "3 spooky ghosts" from one of the old Disney movies. There are five or six areas to navigate, and it also includes a progress chart area like the Jumpstart series. This is a lot more fun, tho. If you have ever been to the Haunted Mansion at DisneyWorld it makes it even better. My daughter who is almost 5 has been doing very well with it and instead of being bored with the "educational" components, she is having fun with it and being excited about learning. Def buy it! ... Read more


89. Caillou Magical Adventures
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Asin: B0002IBEV4
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Brighter Child
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90. Armed and Dangerous
list price: $29.99
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Asin: B0000A2Q7Q
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: LucasArts Entertainment
Sales Rank: 2677
Average Customer Review: 4.57 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Join 2 partners in crime on a mission set in a vividly stunning fantasy realm
  • Battle your way through dastardly enemies, war machines, and psychopathic robots
  • Fight your way through 21 action-packed missions
  • Explore 5 diverse environments
  • Take down wicked enemies with over 17 outlandish weapons

Reviews (7)

4-0 out of 5 stars Would have been great if it had more than humor
The biggest thing that Armed and Dangerous has going for it is its wacky sense of humor. That and its story. Everything else is kind of average.

You play as Roman, the leader of a group of bandits called "The Lionhearts", out to dethrone an evil tyrant king. The game alternates between missions and funny but ugly cutscenes that tell the game's story. Unfortunately, the missions are hardly integrated into the story. It's like the missions were created in a vacuum and then just thrown in after the storyline was written. For instance, you will play a mission where you have to save a bunch of villagers from the evil king out in the middle of nowhere, even though the previous cutscene mentioned nothing like this. Towards the end of the game when you are saving a group of villagers for the 10th time, it starts to get repetitive.

Repetitiveness ends up being the game's biggest problem. Half of the areas all look the same. There is a low variety of enemies and a very low variety of mission objectives. The missions are all "save the villagers" or "Blow up 5 buildings". There's also the occasional turret shooter mission. The variety of weapons that you get is pretty low, and so are the variety of enemies that you fight. If the developers had put as much effort into designing the missions as they did into the humor, then this would have been one of the best games of the past few years.

The game is the funniest since Anachronox. The humor is integrated into every aspect of the game. Even the manual is funny to read. The sound bites during firefights can make you chuckle. The enemies have this amusing "throw your arms above the air and run around and scream" routine that they go through when you stick a grenade to them, or when you use your topsy-turvy bomb to flip the world upside-down. The topsy-turvy bomb is one of the examples of the kooky weapons in the game. Armed and Dangerous feels like a 10-hour long episode of "Monty Python's Flying Circus".

So in the end, it's the humor that makes the game worth playing, but not a lot besides it. I'll give the game a good rating, but if the developers had put as much effort into designing some good shooter levels as they did into the game's funny parts, then it could have been Game of the Year.

5-0 out of 5 stars Super fun shooter game.
This game had me hooked as soon as I saw it. It is not your standard shoot the terrorists Nazi bad guy let's be realistic as possible FPS. This has lots of fun stuff thrown in, like the topsy-turvey bomb. FUN STUFF!

4-0 out of 5 stars A nice change from the same ol' shooter...
As soon as I read about the Topsy Turvy gun, I knew I had to try this game. I have not been disappointed at all.
For those of you who are tired of all of the WWII games or any game with the same old selection of weapons, you need to try this game. It will spring new life into your love of shooters.
Just the Sticky Bombs alone had me hooked in the first 2 minutes.
The humor is excellent. The only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars is the lack of multiplayer.

5-0 out of 5 stars A fast, hilarious and worthwhile game for your collection!!!
I read a few gamer magazine reviews about this title. They claimed it was great to play and had gut busting moments. IT WAS ALL TRUE!

Warning - this game would be good for kids....HOWEVER the jokes and comments are very adult. This game is a shooter....but the violence is mild and made funny, not gory. I would say it is ok for 12 yrs old and up.

Want an example of FUNNY? One of your weapons is a Shark gun. Yes, you shoot it at an enemy, yet all you see is a shark fin swimming on top of the ground. Suddenly, a Great White shark lunges up from underneath the enemy, bites into him and shakes him around like a rag doll before disappearing into the dirt again...THEN IT PATROLS FOR MORE ENEMIES!!!! It can easily wipe out a gang that has you pinned! Best of all, it never gets old. I could watch it again and again and again!!!

Excellent job LucasArts.
The cutscenes are a must see. Do not skip anything, even the opening credits and titles for the game. Some are cute, some are funny and some will have you laughing out loud. True example - I was playing this game at 2am. One of the cutscenes made me burst out laughing. My girlfriend was asleep and did not enjoy being woken up to see me having a great time...lol

Basically, you are part of a crew of rogue-ish Scotsmen roaming the country side for The Book of Rule. You have a blind old Jewish man, a Mole and a robot Roman soldier as sidekicks. Comments while you play and shoot bad guys are made by your side kicks. Example - The Mole cries out in a thick Scottish accent, "Did you hear the one about Miners? Miners do it in the dark!" I have bad guys crawling all over me and I start laughing so hard they killed me quickly becasue I could not react!

Use a rocket to knock off a guy up on a cliff edge and watch and laugh as the vistim cries out something like, "Avenge my death!" and his body flies through the air and lands right near you with a hard smack. Down right funny.

My only gripe about this game - the cut scene graphics are a very low quality. I think the animation and character designs could have been better. Look at their arms...they look very puppet-ish and silly. The video itself is low quality and at times, hard to make out the details. I am really disappointed at LucasArts for that.

No other complaints, the game is awesome fun....play it the first time without the music on so you can hear all the funny screams, comments, etc. Play the game again WITH the music on..the music really adds to the game!!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Fun and Funny
Crazy weapons. Good looking graphics. Wicked sense of humor. Shooting sheep, turning the world upside down and launching landsharks! Great fun!! ... Read more


91. Disney's Classic Animated Story Book Collection
list price: $19.99
our price: $6.99
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Asin: B00005B8LI
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Disney Interactive
Sales Rank: 808
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Disney's Animated Storybook Collection is a three-in-one package thattakes new readers to familiar Disney stories. Along the way, it helps them learnto read those tales on their own. The collection offers three storybook versionsof some of its classic cinematic releases: Toy Story, 101Dalmatians, and Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too.

Each follows a relatively straightforward format--a pared-down version of thestory is presented to users along with an interactive illustration. As the storyis read aloud, the words being read are highlighted so children can, withrepeated viewings, learn to recognize them. This reading practice isinterspersed with animations and games. In one such activity, players help putaway Andy's toys before a hoard of children descends upon his room. In another,Roo of the 100 Acre Wood plays tic-tac-toe with you.

This package provides a pleasant diversion for preschool children who arealready interested in learning to read. The amount of text provided is far fromoverwhelming, and the vocabulary is kept simple. There are enough distractionsfrom the educational content to keep the program from becoming drudgery, and thefamiliar Disney content should pose little challenge to most users. As childrengain reading proficiency, though, they may become frustrated with the games'insistence on playing out the lengthy animations. There is little scope forplayers to skip ahead, in other words--even if Pooh has explained the gamenavigation menu to them 40 times, children will have to sit through theinstructions again.

This aside, Disney's Animated Storybook Collection is ideal for Disney fansages 4 to 6. --Alyx Dellamonica ... Read more

Reviews (2)

1-0 out of 5 stars Not very interesting, even for a 2 year old
We have had an older Pooh storybook for years. Both my kids loved it. There was a lot to see and do -- songs, funny things that happened if you clicked on the picture, and nice graphics. So when that storybook finally died, I ordered this one. We were so disappointed! The graphics are simplistic, the storyline choppy, there are no songs, and very few fun things happen when you click on different parts of the picture. When you click out of the story, you have to endure a slow listing of options before you can get back to where you were. This seems to have been put together quickly and cheaply and is not worth the money. Even my Pooh-crazy 2 year old was bored silly and disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for your kids!
I own a lot of Disney Learning Series CDs, like Kindergarten, Preschool and 1st grade. My kids love them all! I got this one a few months ago and both my kids love the story books!! I'm very happy with them and better yet my kids are having fun and learning to read at the same time. ... Read more


92. Butt-Ugly Martians: Martian Boot Camp
list price: $29.99
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Asin: B0000639VT
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Knowledge Adventure
Sales Rank: 2825
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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It's off to Martian boot camp for the good-hearted Butt-Uglies. Evil Emperor Bog is eager to conquer Earth and is convinced the Butt-Ugly Martians can't hack it. Dr. Damage, no nice guy himself, has sent our friends on a wicked course. "Send them to Martian boot camp," he scoffs. "Let them prove themselves on my treacherous Bog-stacle course." With robot fighters, intense laser cannons, out-of-control asteroids, and alien brutes--Jax, Humanga, and Gorgon--this Bog-stacle course is the most difficult challenge the Butt-Uglies have ever faced. Kids must help our ugly Martian friends prevail at all costs, so they can return to Earth as its secret defenders. If not, evil Emperor Bog will get his way, and Earth will become space dust.

Kids play as their favorite Butt-Ugly Martian and fight villains from the Nickelodeon TV show. They can compete against the computer or take on a friend in this wickedly fun game. Packed with eight different Bog-stacle course challenges and loads of mini missions, kids are challenged in the action-packed B.K.M. Battle, Asteroid Field, Energy Field Maze, Robot Rush Hour, and more. Outrageous environments, like deep space and other interstellar locations, are filled with spaceships and dangerous black holes. When taking a break from all the action, kids can hang out with the Butt-Uglies at the Bog Star or the Alien Cantina for more out-of-this-world, alien adventure. ... Read more

Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars Butt-Ugly Martians: Martian Boot Camp
From simply the best company in the world when it comes to Edutainment software fror children, Knowledge Adventure, and thier Jump Start Learning series - comes a fanatically, fun to play, funny, great game for anyone over six years old. Grant it the title "Butt-Ugly Martians: Maerian Boot Camp will have a lot of people that are very "square" and are strict church goers turning the other way - most people cringe when they see the words like "Butt-Ugly", but why? They are just two words - I am a fifty-nine year old Grandmother and let me tell you folks I am really enjoying this game - now some of you may say or think that I have very, very, low goals for my life if I think this is a great name for a game - well I will agree the name does kind of make you sit up and take notice - but be broad minded look beyond the the title - this is one heck of a game, fast, funny great sounds, and music, and a pure joy to play - nice going Knowledge Adventure - this old Grandma has not yet given it to my 7 year old grandson, be I know he will love it and so will my "tomboy" granddaughter - buy for under [$] and have yourselves a "heck" of a lot of fun - Come On every one "Let's Get Ugly"!
Jacqueline Lee Wilson

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't let the "Butt" in Butt-Ugly Put You Off-- Great Game!
At first I was NOT going to let my son have this game because I was a little put off by the Butt-Ugly Martians title on this game; but he was relentless in wanting to "be a Butt-Ugly Martian, just like the guys on TV" and I gave in. Boy, am I glad I did! First, the Butt-Ugly Martians is a Nickelodeon cartoon (I did not know this until my boy showed me the show on something called SLAM on Sunday afternoons on Nick)and these martians aren't really THAT ugly--they also save the Earth every week from other aliens that are a whole lot uglier. Anyway, back to the game--it's a PC/Mac game that kids can play by themselves or with a friend. I installed it on my machine (it had no problem installing on Windows XP) and let my son go at it. There are numerous mini-games (8 or 9--quite a lot for a game like this) and the kids can play the games as they tell a story about how the Butt-Ugly Martians need to prove themselves to their leader, a REALLY butt-ugly guy named Bog (the games are set up in a "Bog-stacle Course"--get it??) Bog is an arrogant little ruler and the fact is, the B-U Martians are secretly protecting Earth from Bog's other warriors while pretending to be trying to invade us on their own. Get it? I guess you need to be 8 years old. Anyway, the games seem both challenging and fun, the dialogue is hilarious, and my son can be involved in the game on his own or with a buddy (which few of these kids PC games seems to be able to accomplish.) It's all good clean fun--and the "Butt-Ugly" is just part of the fun. Bottom line: for kids 6-12, especially boys, this is an excellent game that I would definitely recommend. Apparently there are some other games featuring these guys on the market and I will be putting another one in my son's Christmas stocking this coming holiday.

5-0 out of 5 stars FUN! Exciting to play with lots of games
Totally worth it--I bought this game with my birthday money and I'm glad I did. I like the Butt Ugly Martians on TV so I also like this game.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent kids game for 1 or 2 players
I just bought Butt-Ugly Martians: Martians Boot Camp for my two boys and we are all very happy with the product. I admit that at first I was a little turned off by the "Butt" part of the title, but I realize that it is all just part of the fun of this game. When we got the game home, I installed it on my computer and let the boys go at it. There are actually a bunch (like 8-9) of smaller games that can be played by 1 or 2 kids as they progress through the story of the Martians being shipped back to Martian training camp in order to prove themselves to their king, a guy named Bog. My older one (who is 9) gets computer games pretty easily, but the younger one (he's 7) sometimes has trouble; fortunately each game has easy instructions (from a helpful device in the game called an "Instructikon") that anybody can grasp. The games strike a good balance between being challenging and fun, and some of the dialogue is hilarious! The thing that the boys seemed to like the best is that the games change often enough where you don't get bored of the activity before you must go on to another challenge. I watched my sons play this game together for almost 2 hours (more than I usually allow at one sitting, but I couldn't bring myself to stop their fun!) without stopping--another positive element is that the gameplay is balanced so that 2 kids can play together even if they are at very different skill levels, as my boys are. I highly recommend Martian Boot Camp, but you will have to intervene so your kids don't play for hours on end.

5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT GAME!
This game is soooo much fun! It is really a bunch of games all rolled up and you can play by yourself or with your friend. The graphics are pretty good and it is easy to learn to play the games becase there's easy instructions that come up before you play. Awesome gift!! ... Read more


93. Oregon Trail 4th Edition

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Asin: B00000JLNL
Catlog: Software
Publisher: The Learning Company
Sales Rank: 1238
Average Customer Review: 2.37 out of 5 stars
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This trailblazing adventure builds real-life skills, such as decision making and problem solving. As the leader of a wagon party, you can choose your team and supplies, read maps, plan your route, and guide your team through the unknown wilderness. Tough choices lie ahead, but with the help of your wagon party and people you meet along the way, you'll conquer this challenging journey and arrive in a new land. You'll need to build a team with the skills you think are important for survival on the rugged trail to Oregon. To find the best route, you'll rely not only on maps and guidebooks but also advice from fellow travelers and your gut instinct. On the trail, you'll face all the trials and tribulations of the first pioneers: raging rivers, buffalo stampedes, sickness, and gunshot wounds. Your adventure comes to life with 3-D travel, 360-degree panoramic views and full-motion video. ... Read more

Reviews (30)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great game... maybe I got lucky?
I remember playing Oregon Trail as a girl in elementary school - recently I saw it here on Amazon.com and decided to get it, even after reading all of the negative customer reviews. Maybe I got lucky or something but there was absolutely nothing wrong with any of the software and everything loaded up and installed great. My computer's pretty new, too... I didn't have to go through the hassle of downgrading anything (I have Quick Time 4.0), like some people had complained about in their comments. I definitely recommend the game - brought back lots of memories, only with better graphics and easier game controls. And you can't beat Amazon's price. Awesome game!!

5-0 out of 5 stars oregon trail
it is a fun game for all ages for people who just want to have fun. it is also a good learning experience for all students learning about the oregon trail. it gives true accounts of how hard a journey the trail was. i give this game five stars.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not so good.
I got this as a gift, because I loved playing Oregon Trail in grade school. This version, though having much prettier graphics, isn't nearly as fun. Half the fun of playing it was naming all the people after your family, and reading the dirty limericks people wrote on the gravestones. Save your money, don't buy this.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Classroom Favorite
My third graders study the Oregon Trail every year and enjoy playing this game. It is educational and exciting! Kids take a small party on a covered wagon trip from Independence, Missouri to Oregon. First, they buy everything they need, from oxen to bullets. They must provide their own food along the way (by hunting, trading, or buying at a fort) and are often faced with illness and even death. If someone does die, you can write their tombstone, and maybe see it on your next trip!

This game turns textbook learning into reality. It is hard to make it all the way to Oregon (Hint: it goes faster if you have a lot of oxen). But along the way, you will learn to take care of your party and to appreciate things like good water and good weather. I happily recommend this game to kids age 8-10.

4-0 out of 5 stars I love this game
I got this game for baby-sitting we loaded it on and the people did not work. We got with the technical support and they told us to got to broderbrund.com they told us how to get the people to work the only thing the didn't tell us was to totally delete the game when you are done with the process. Most people don't like this game true Oregon Trail 2 was the best yet with lots more trails to go on and such. There is some difficulties with this game but all in all it has only exited twice on me. It probably is just the peoples computer. Note the disapering people usally only happen with Windows. I also think that you should read the box that's says 10! and up seven year olds should not play this game enless they know the reason people got those illness's. This game is very educational and great for older kids. ... Read more


94. Barbie As Princess Bride
list price: $19.99
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Asin: B00004TYCC
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Mattel Media
Sales Rank: 2327
Average Customer Review: 4.22 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Let your child escape into a fairy-tale world with the Barbie as Princess Bride CD-ROM, and help Princess Bride Barbie prepare for her magical wedding day. Prince Ken has had to undertake a long journey, and while he is away Princess Barbie dreams of her wedding day and waits for the prince's return. Barbie is helped by Butterfly Fairy in her preparations for the wedding. Invite the guests, make and decorate the cake, sing love songs, retrieve items from the well, conduct the orchestra, help Prince Ken sail home, design the wedding dress and photographs, and enjoy many more exciting fairy-tale activities.

The game can be played in two modes: Story mode plays the adventure from start to finish, and Magic Mirror mode allows players to complete the activities in any order. The CD-ROM is accompanied by an excellent booklet, which should be read before beginning. It is very easy to follow and uses simple language and visual clues. Particularly useful are the helpful tips for troubleshooting if problems arise. The music of Barbie as Princess Bride can be played on any audio CD player, by starting with track two. The manufacturer's recommended age range is 4 and older, but help will certainly be required at the lower end of the range. --Susan Naylor, Amazon.co.uk ... Read more

Reviews (9)

5-0 out of 5 stars For the Girl in All of us!
I have 2 young girls (5 & 3), they both love this game! They get to decorate a wedding cake, design a wedding gown for Barbie and for the flower girl, bake a cake, etc. There is a lot of learning in this while they enjoy themselves! They learn to follow directions and even a bit of fine motor skills to get the items out of the well. Memory skills are enhanced with collecting the invitations and delivering them. Any young girl will enjoy this game! Good buy!

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good
My daughter liked this C.D. Rom and she is 4. She needed some help, I wish they would put setting for different levels on the some of the activites. The mazes, cake baking,and music were to difficult and she needed some help, but overall she had fun. I don't think an older child would have problems. The music is pretty and the whole adventure is enchanting. My daughter loves dressing her for the wedding.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Software
I love playing Barbie Princess Bride. It's WONDERFUL!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Barbie as Princess Bride
My 4 1/2 year old twins (a girl and a boy) just LOVE this game! They especially enjoy decorating the wedding cake! I highly recommend this game for young children.

3-0 out of 5 stars Fancy girls will love this
My daughter received this for her fourth birthday. She is a girly girl and LOVED it immediately. Almost a year later, she still plays it. It has a lot of different kinds of activities. Some are educational (matching, following instructions) and some are just fun (choosing the style of the dresses, decorating a wedding cake). My only wish is that this game had levels of difficulty. My daughter played with this so frequently when she first got it that she mastered it quickly. And while she still has fun with it, the challenge of it is long gone. ... Read more


95. Lilo & Stitch's Hawaiian Collection 2004
list price: $19.99
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Asin: B00018WFBS
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Buena Vista Interactive
Sales Rank: 603
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Features

  • Kids will go on a great adventure that recreates the hit Disney film
  • Wild adventures as they play seven fun activities
  • Interact with Lilo, Stitch, Mr. Bubbles, and the aliens Jumba and Pleakley
  • Follow the storyline from the film and help Stitch return Lilo home safely!
  • Ages 4 to 7

96. Where's the Blanket, Charlie Brown?
list price: $19.99
our price: $17.99
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Asin: B00005V1VR
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Viva Media
Sales Rank: 862
Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars
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This deliberately paced program takes place in Charlie Brown's world,where kids dress the same day after day and the only character with attitude isa beagle. Players who persist through this CD-ROM's slow start will be rewardedwith games and scenarios that emulate what it's like to live in the middle of a"Peanuts" cartoon. This is a good thing for kids who like the strip and thehandful of "Peanuts" TV specials in existence. But kids who prefer the morefrenetic pace of modern cartoons might find Where's the Blanket, CharlieBrown? a bit too placid.

The mental workout this program provides is excellent. More than any other gamemanufacturer, Tivola has mastered the art of setting up a problem, then quietlyletting the player figure out how to solve it. Linus's blanket is lost, andplayers can either assume the identity of Charlie Brown or Lucy and find it.Once the problem is presented, players must navigate around Charlie Brown'shouse and use their powers of observation to get the game moving. This segmentcan make players feel like they're trapped in "Peanuts" purgatory, as they arrowCharlie Brown from room to room, desperately searching for a means out of thehouse and into the rest of the game. The on-disc Help file spells out exactlywhere players must look and what they must collect to move on--resist thetemptation to look at the Help file. You will miss the challenge and charm ofthis game if you lose patience and cheat.

As the story line leads from Charlie Brown's house to a library to Schroeder'spiano room to a supermarket with many other stops in between, games areunlocked. The nine games are short, smart endeavors. Some of the standoutsinclude a game in which Schroeder plays a short melody on his piano, and kidsmust click on sequences of actual notes that match the melody. Another greatgame requires kids to put poor, scrambled Peppermint Patty back together aftershe is magically rearranged by the Great Houndini. This descrambling has someadded twists that push it far beyond typical match-the-parts games. Each of thenine games has two levels of difficulty, and once they are unlocked, they can beinstantly accessed for repeat play.

On the way to these games are numerous other minigames, opportunities forproblem solving, and goodies you can feed Snoopy to keep his Snoopy meter onfull. Players can play this game in German as well as English. Where's theBlanket, Charlie Brown? probably won't hold up to a lot of repeat play byolder kids, but the gentle way this program forces players to use their entirebrains to find that darn blanket is remarkable. (Ages 4 to 102 according to themanufacturer; we say 4 to 8, although hard-core "Peanuts" fans of any age willalso enjoy it.) --Anne Erickson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fun and Humor at a Great Price!
I love Peanuts and I just loved this game. The characters were drawn exactly as they are in the comic strips and the game remains true to the Peanuts legacy. I really enjoyed my interactive Peanuts fun - and it's a great price for such a wonderful time!

2-0 out of 5 stars dialog may not be the greatest for younger children
I purchased this game at Target as a gift for my 5 year old daughter. I noticed that it had won some sort of Parents Choice award and she is a big fan of the Peanuts "specials". The game has a charming detective game at its base which is a bit too difficult for her to figure out. She would be happy to continue trying but I am just going to throw this one in the garbage. My problem with the game is the constant negative talk that Lucy and Charlie Brown spew as they search for the blanket. Lucy is even more bombastic on the software than she is on the specials--constantly calling people stupid and putting them down. Charlie Brown is virtual stream of negative self-talk. I am aware that much of the Peanuts humor relies on negative humor and putdowns but it seems really excessive in this software. Even though I threw the game out and definitely didn't get my moneys worth I gave the it two stars because the basic game seems challenging and fun. Definitely not a good choice if your trying to teach your child to be kind and upbeat. I

3-0 out of 5 stars HELP!!!
My daughter is trying to beat the game and is stuck at the supermarket level...i can't seem to figure it out either... of course it could be because i'm not that great at video games but if someone could just post a thing on here and let me know how to get past it i would really appreciate it!

Thanks

5-0 out of 5 stars Great game, and good for German students, too!
Where's the Blanket, Charlie Brown? is a fun game all Peanuts fans will enjoy. The pace might be a little too slow for the younger set expecting constant action, and a four-year-old might get easily frustrated not being able to exit the Brown household, but all-in-all it is an appealing game with lots of nice extra features. The reviewer who mentioned the fuzzy graphics probably installed the game on the Quick Install method - if you use Full Install, the graphics are crisp (although it does take up a bit more disk space)! Finally, the game is also great for German students, such as myself, as it provides more exposure to the language in an entertaining way by playing the game in German.

4-0 out of 5 stars Mostly fun & addictive game for Peanuts Fans!
This game is fun for Peanuts fans of ANY age to enjoy. Don't be put off by the marketing, which touts this as a game primarily for young children. I am an adult (also a gamer) and I thoroughly enjoyed this game. It's interesting because there are games within the game you unlock. These are not challenging in and of themselves but it's fun to have these pop up randomly. The game is true to the spirit of the Peanuts characters, with Lucy being the fussbudget she is and Charlie Brown being resigned and wishy-washy. Although, it's not a Mensa workout for adults by any means, I think children will find it challenging and engaging and even adults may find themselves stymied by the sheer simplicity of the game, i.e. I sometimes found myself "thinking too hard" and missing obvious solutions because I'm a grown up. The only gripes I have, which is why I didn't give it 5 stars are the graphics and sound. The drawings are a bit ragged around the edges and the sounds don't always match the action (and the words don't always match the mouth movements). Additionally, the sound is set too loud (the lowest setting was still too loud at least on my iMac). Other than the few technical glitches, overall, this game is just as fun as the Sims and it's nice to play a game that doesn't involve violence. Besides, who doesn't love Snoopy and the gang? If you're a parent, this is a good game for kids and if you're a Peanuts fan, you'll love it. ... Read more


97. Scooby-Doo: Mystery of the Fun Park Phantom
list price: $19.99
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Asin: B00002CFA8
Catlog: Software
Publisher: SouthPeak Interactive
Sales Rank: 2000
Average Customer Review: 3.85 out of 5 stars
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Scooby-Doo Mystery of the Fun Park Phantom is a PC mystery game that combines the exploration of an adventure game with the strategy and endless playability of a traditional board game. The characters come to life in 2 1/2-D, a special rendering that keeps cartoon characters looking true to their 2-D appearance, yet gives them added dimension. Just like the TV show, the game places players in sticky and sometimes humorous situations, where they must solve a mystery and uncover the game's true villain. Hunt for clues, set traps, and munch down on Scooby snacks. ... Read more

Reviews (13)

5-0 out of 5 stars A lot of fun for a "kids game"
I bought this game for my wife as kind of a "gag gift" as she likes Scooby Doo (as do I) but the game is actually fun. You can play up to 4 players (Fred, Daphne, Velma, and Shaggy; you can't actually be Scooby but he does help you throughout the game) on 3 differnt difficulty settings to find the Phantom. This is where it may get a little repetitive though. The Phantom is 1 of the 8 other characters in the game. But the variety of traps one can lay for the Phantom actually keep you interested.

The game is more fun if you have some friends to play it with and is even a lot more fun over the internet (if you can find a game though) as you can sabatoge your opponent and not feel to guilty about it:-)

Overall the game is nicely done and is fun for the entire family. The graphics are nice and the sounds and voice overs are above average. Gameplay is fun and exciting and is great for kids as it challenges them to remember where the various clues and trap pieces were throughout the game. The game is a lot of fun and will not disappoint.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Game
I bought this game because I love Scooby Doo. I thought the graphics were excellent(though I didn't think the characters looked exactly right), and the game was very captivating. You walk around looking for clues and traps, and when you get the right ones, you set the trap to capture the ghost. I was a little disappointed in that you can't be Scooby, but that wouldn't be really fair then, would it? I just got it and I really love it. The sound effects match up with the character's movements, and the videos are really quite good and fun to watch. The only major complaint I have is how LONG it takes to go through turns, but that really isn't a fixable problem. I really think the program is great!

1-0 out of 5 stars Back to the Stone Ages
This game was visually nothing. It really is just a tedious click, move a few steps, and click again to move a few more. The view is from overhead. You have to collect the correct combo of 3 pieces and go to the correct location to use them. With 27 possible pieces and 9 locations, it was just a real pain. No visual excitement. It must have been one of the first video games ever written.

4-0 out of 5 stars Scooby-Doo and friends help a couple in need of help!
If you are wondering why I am giving this 4 stars instead of my normal 5 stars, is because I think the computer players are smart, if you don't want them to be. Scooby-Doo and his pals, Fred, Daphne, Velma & Shaggy run into another mystery when thier mystery machine breaks down in front of the Gobs, a couple that is in trouble because they had to close down the park because the fun park phantom scared away thier guests.

At first, Mr. Gob thinks they are there for the park. So Mr. Gob strikes a deal, with Shaggy, Daphne, Fred & Velma that if they can find out who the phantom is he will fix thier mystery machine. So here is the areas of the park. Fun House, Midway, Log Flume, Ferris Wheel, Bumper Car, Pirate Ship, Roller Coaster, Merry-Go-Round and the Miniature World.

Now when you begin the six suspects are assigned to the areas of the park. And your character(s) are aslo assigned to an area(s) of the park. The suspects are a security guard, a magician, a farmer, a groundskeepr, a clown, and a banker. You'll find that these people all have a reason why they would like to see the park closed. Thier are 9 areas of the park and 6 will have a suspect in them where they are suposed to be for the whole game.

3-0 out of 5 stars Think before you buy this program
Though this has a similar title to the excellent game Scooby Doo Phantom of the Knight, this program is very different in style. The gang compete against each other to get the phantom (which doesn't make a whole lot of sense when you think about the show), and it gets so tiresome after awhile because it is played almost like a board game. You have to either play with a friend, or against the computer and end up doing a lot of waiting for others to take their turns. Fun for a little bit, but very tedious after awhile. The point is, this program is not terrible, but it is not what you would expect with the Scooby Doo name. It is a competitive game, whereas the Scooby Doo Phantom of the Knight is an adventure with the whole gang working together to solve a mystery together. ... Read more


98. Zoboomafoo Animal Alphabet (Large Box)

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Asin: B00005RFDJ
Catlog: Software
Sales Rank: 1964
Average Customer Review: 3.86 out of 5 stars
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Based on the popular PBS television show, Zoboomafoo Animal Alphabet takes kids on a guided tour of their ABCs, allowing them to brush up early reading and spelling skills while learning about animals from the Kratt brothers and their leaping lemur friend.

An educational activity center for children in the 3 to 6 years age range, this game offers a variety of simple minigames designed to build alphabet knowledge by capitalizing on a young player's curiosity about the animal kingdom. Users can color animal flash cards or play an arcade-style round of Penguin Pong, bouncing ice floes off each other to reveal the answer to a quiz question. Alternately, they can go to Animal Mixups, a top-notch activity where kids mix and match animals, grafting a zebra head, to take one possibility, onto a tiger torso, perhaps with a cow or reindeer tail to finish.

As an extra bonus, play is interspersed with lengthy live-action sequences from the television program. A win in one of the spelling games triggers a shot of the Kratt brothers going face-first into a mud pit. The Kratts and Zoboomafoo the leaping lemur also host a collection game, where players seek out animals whose names start with the different letters of the alphabet, and then get to see video footage of the creature itself.

Animal lovers and fans of the show should enjoy Zoboomafoo Animal Alphabet thoroughly, especially if they have never seen a game of this type before. More experienced players may recognize that about half of its activities are standard fare, reworked versions of games that appear repeatedly in educational software. This is the only complaint to be made, though, with what is otherwise a completely engaging game with lots of fascinating animal facts and great potential for teaching young learners some basic reading skills. (Ages 3 to 6) --Alyx Dellamonica ... Read more

Reviews (7)

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice mix of learning and fun
My 3 year-old really enjoys this game. It is perfect for a child who is learning her capital letters, but who is not quite ready for phonics yet. Also, while the graphics aren't superb, they are good enough for a pre-schooler and make her feel like she is interacting with the show. The CD-ROM also has a nice variety of games where different skill sets are tested. My only reservation is that that the software seems to have a few glitches on my Windows XP.

4-0 out of 5 stars a good collection...
of games that teach spelling, reading and letter recognition. In addition to this, are the usual colouring and puzzle games. The positives: my 3 year old is quickly learning how to spell simple words and seems to enjoy the animal movies and graphics. The negatives: the font they've used for the games utilizing the alphabet is quite difficult to read (the k could be an x, etc.) Easy readability is crucial to a teaching program such as this, when will they learn? Also, the "Penguin Pong" program needs a patch but it is easily retrieved if you go to the Learning Company's website.

2-0 out of 5 stars Pass On This One
With all the software titles available now days, I would suggest passing on this one. My child loves animals and learning, however, this is one of our least favorites. Maybe this is because we have access to more software (family "hand-me-downs") so this one just sits. After using this a few times I kept thinking there would be more substance, there isn't. I would suggest one of the JumpStart learning series (jumpstart advanced preschool etc.).

2-0 out of 5 stars kids and parents deserve better than this lame software
I am really startled at the praise this software is getting. We own approximately twenty software titles for children and I would rank this as one of the three worst. In its favor it does not crash, but the quality of both format and content is poor.

First off, the resolution is bad. We've run this game on a Macintosh laptop and desktop computer, and the introductory footage looks fuzzy on both.

The live-action introduction is fun for fans of the show, but the few live-action sequences in the game's interior are not enough to keep little ones happy. The Kratt brothers are charming hosts of the television show but we don't see enough of them in this game. After the introduction children see a pan-and-scan version of Animal Junction populated with twenty-six clickable animals, each representing a different letter of the alphabet. When kids click on one of the animals, they receive a "page" with a picture and an assortment of facts about that creature, though in eight instances a child is presented instead with a game (more about these later). Confusingly, when a game is finished we hear Zoboo say, "That was great! Here's your animal page. Do you want to play again?" Instead of seeing an animal page, kids get a Yes-No choice. If they choose Yes they go to a game repeat. If they choose No they then go to the appropriate animal page. Did they beta test this at all?

Finally, the games are neither well-explained nor are they well-designed for children. Penguin Pong, even at the lowest of three difficulty levels, moves slowly and, in the vein of the classic game Pong, you have to knock out 49 blocks. It takes forever and kids get bored. Similarly interminable, the letter scramble is also a mess. A child must rearrange letters to form the name of a pictured animal, then click on a virtual spinner to advance Zoboo 1, 2, 3 or 4 spaces on a "game board". First complaint: when a child uses a letter from the scramble list it remains active, which is confusing for little ones. Second complaint: the game board is 35 spaces long -- it takes at least nine scrambles, and usually many more, for Zoboo to get to the end. Third complaint: when Zoboo does finally reach the 35th square, nothing interesting happens, unless you count that now-familiar non sequitur, "That was great! Here's your animal page. Do you want to play again?" What's the lesson here -- lowered expectations? In the Noodle Hut game, Zoboo asks for a letter and your child is supposed to click on it amid a field of noodles, each with a letter on it. But even at the lowest difficulty level, there are multiple examples of letters, again confusing to little ones. If there are three "R"s, which one should they click on? Also, some of the letters are presented at a three-quarter view which makes them less recognizable. Why would you do that to young children just learning their letters? My final complaint, and an important one, is that the games are not presented within any story or context to make them either interesting or meaningful.

I could continue to find fault with each of the other games, but why bother? This is lazy, sloppy software that is not good enough for your child. Instead, buy Blue's Clues or Franklin or Reader Rabbit software -- consistently well-designed and well-written. It is strange and disappointing that PBS, long considered THE leader in creative educational children's programming and products, seems to be faltering in the wake of recent competition.

Our family will continue to watch and enjoy the Zoboomafoo television show, but this software is a loser.

5-0 out of 5 stars Your Favorite Lemur Is Back
Animal kids is here now on CD.
On this game you must collect 26 pages for your animal book.
There are also 8 great games.
They include penguin pong,the mud pit,and Wiggys noodles.
There are many other games too. ... Read more


99. 102 Dalmations (Jewel Case)
list price: $6.99
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Asin: B0002DRISW
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Disney Interactive
Sales Rank: 4892
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Features

  • With the help of your animal friends, rescue all the petnapped puppies [Ages 8 and Up]
  • Escape Cruella's wrath in a free-roaming 3D action-adventure.
  • Sniff, dig, and dog-paddle through 16 levels and six fun mini-games.
  • Explore huge colorful playgrounds, including Big Ben, Picadilly Circus, and more
  • Interact with old favorite characters and meet new friends [Windows 95/98]

100. Mia's Science Adventure - "Romaine's New Hat"
list price: $29.99
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Asin: B00005O6QG
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 904
Average Customer Review: 3.75 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

This adventure begins with Mia wearing her mother's gorgeous new hat, without permission, while playing on the roof of her house. Without warning, a torrential downpour washes Mia down the drainpipe. She barely manages to avoid being swept into the sewer, but her mother's hat slips away. Down the sewer it goes, where a rat named Romaine and his wretched cousins find it. Mia must get the hat back from Romaine or she'll be in some kind of trouble. With help, Mia must find enough "sparklies" to trade for her mother's hat. But hurry--mother will be calling her home soon.

The Mia adventure series integrates fun learning activities into a story-game of exploration. In each adventure, kids lead Mia throughout her house and garden to find articles needed to complete a mission. Along the way, they encounter challenging activities to test their abilities. Successful completion of each task results in a reward, bringing the companions one step closer to their goal. Kids learn about plants and animals, the solar system, weather and clouds, and electricity and magnetism as they play. ... Read more

Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Kids' Program!
I loved this program, and it was so great to play, you find yourself playing for hours! Do make sure that you read the instruction manual that comes with the CD-ROM, because it makes the game much easier, and it can help you if you ever get stuck when you're playing.

1-0 out of 5 stars KIDS HATED IT
Awful mouse and his silly boring adventures.

DO NOT BUY EVEN FOR $

5-0 out of 5 stars One of my 1st graders favorates
This has great graphics and lots of interesting activities. This is one of my 1st graders favorates.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great fun while learning
With its great animation and colorful environment, Mia captured my daughter's attention immediately. Unfortunately, it took some time to learn how to maneuver and some of the activities required a bit of my help (hence only four stars). Now that my daughter has mastered the basics, she loves the game! She loves the feeling of control (she got to "drive" a car) and the amusing situations. I would highly recommend it, but be sure to both read the directions and watch the instructional movie--we missed out on some of the necessities the first time. ... Read more


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