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81. Deus Ex: Invisible War
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82. Games Just For Boys 2
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83. Tonka Search and Rescue 2nd Edition
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84. Secret Agent Barbie (Jewel Case)
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86. LEGO Racers 2
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88. American Idol
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81. Deus Ex: Invisible War
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Asin: B00009WDLD
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Eidos Interactive
Sales Rank: 1526
Average Customer Review: 2.39 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Action-packed first-person cyberpunk thriller with intense shooter and role-playing elements
  • Go anywhere, do anything--the game adapts to the player's play-style and strategy
  • Tools and biomods enable the player to see through walls, run faster than cars, leap 40 feet in the air, and more
  • A new benchmark for graphics, sound and physics

Reviews (67)

5-0 out of 5 stars WOW agh cant wait
incredibly long deus ex review
i dont get it, everyone hates the fuzzy look yet to me it makes it that much more authentic finishing off the edges of objects..
i havent played the game but the demo graphics were truly amazing, incredible, awesome and uber. If you cant afford the amazing comp you'l need to play it then dont bother buying it...duh..
this games stunning graphics coupled with the immense havok physics engine makes the game get as close to the real world as youl get at the moment, until halflife 2 anyway. I mean the ai created a sorta barricade of soldiers near a doorway i had to pass, i saw them assemble through the wall
just in case your wondering what im running it on, im using a
athlon xp 3000+
1024 ddr ram
256mb radeon 9800pro
maxtor hard drive 120gig
now i dont know what kinda computers you people have got, but dont diss the game PLEASE! you give it a bad name when the game deserves more than that. As i say ive only played the demo but i love this game its too bad its not out in england yet.....
what ive gone on is the demo play alone, so what the games gonna be like i cant imagine, the plot, the extra weapons, the supposed being able to meld your own choices, yet to be confirmed to me and the rest of course.

In conclusion, this game is so much better than any other game on the market !at the moment!. it'l quickly be put behind with the line of games that are coming soon that work on lower end pcs and are better in every way.

but if you own an amazing pc,, dont miss out

If you own a bad, weak, average pc its not for you wait for hl2!

agh damnit, i have to write essay's smaller than this at school why cant they all be this easy?!

2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing and buggy (version 1.0)
If you've played the first Deus Ex, chances are you will be a little disappointed with is predecessor. There are a some improvements, however. DX2 adds real-time shadows, which makes some of the environments a little more immersive than the first game. There are also some sub quests that characters within the game will give you. I got a solid 12 hours of play out of the game.

Now the bad stuff. The AI is deplorable; the characters and enemies simply don't have realistic responses. Once you have a few of your biomods maxed, there is no competition. I double-crossed characters throughout the game with no consequences. The physics engine is a distraction if anything. There is no apparent difference in weight of the various objects. The story is boring and undeveloped, as are the characters. When it came time to complete the game, I really didn't care what the outcome was. The dubbing is typically cheesy.

The engine doesn't seem so great. Levels take FOREVER to load and are pretty small. This kills the effect of being in a world because you have to wait 20-30 seconds for a different part of the map to load every few minutes. There are a bunch of rendering problems which create visual artifacts (Radeon 9700 Pro). When I killed the final character and the cut scene began to play, the game crashed and corrupted my files. It also locked up several times after a few hours of play

3-0 out of 5 stars There is no god in this machine.
The original Deus Ex was an incredible game. Although each of its individual parts (the action, the graphics, the stealth) had been outdone by numerous other games, it managed to mesh them together into something much greater, thanks to superior writing, characterization, and immersiveness.

This game is not Deus Ex.

The plot of this game is practically identical to that of Deus Ex, except it makes you think even less of the issues at stake. No matter which side you support or actions you take, they have NO relevance until you near the end of the game. The characters are limp and lifeless compared to the first game, and the recurring ones are shadows of their former selves. I couldn't find myself CARING, though I did try. The plot consists of running to and fro doing things not because they're important to you, but because others tell you to do so. The non-linearity is a joke, and despite what the hype implies, you have no control over the storyline except at the end. Game-critical characters are STILL rendered invulnerable in lame ways (people shut down your weapons or when you enter the area. Including batons and other melee weapons. How does THAT work?). Anyone you can kill is simply not important to the story, or has outlived their usefulness.

The game allows you to play a male or female Alex D, but this is really nothing but a cosmetic issue (a couple of lines of dialogue by NPCs change, but that's it). Neither model looks particularly good, and lacks the "personality" of JC from the first game.

The graphics have a brief "neat" factor, but are nothing special. The lighting is superior to most games, but the textures, models, and movements feel stark, bland, and artificial. In some ways, the same charge could be leveled at the first game, but the time put into creating this new engine was not time well spent.

The smaller size of the levels (due to the hardware limitations of the XBox compared to PC) gives you a feeling of claustrophobia, and requires numerous level loads. Not only is the constant interruption disruptive to any feeling of immersion, but the loads can take around 30 seconds of waiting, AND the game consistently minimized during loading, showing off my desktop until it was ready to load. Total failure to captivate me. Level design is fair, but nothing special. The small size of the levels means exploration is easy, short, and not very entertaining.

The skill system has been removed altogether from the game, as has the traditional augmentation system, replaced by the "biomod" system. You may select different biomods for 5 slots (2 "normal biomod" possibilities, and 1 black market). The biomods are merely convenient little tricks in DX: IW, but not even close to critical in the way you play the game, minor "powerups" instead of demonstrations of your superhuman nature.

Inventory has been drastically changed. Instead of shuffling your gear around (which was sometimes an annoyance in the first game), you are granted a number of inventory slots, each slot capable of holding ANY object. Whether it's 5 rocket launchers, or 5 knives, they use up the exact same amount of space. It feels contrived and tends towards the inconvenient.

Universal ammo and weapons. The UA concept seems to attract universal hatred, and rightly so. All weapons use the same ammo (although different amounts of it), which means if you run out of ammo for one gun, you're screwed unless you have a melee weapon for backup. There is no reloading, either, which makes the game blander.

The game allows you to add 2 modifications per weapon, although these modifications have no visual effect, nor do they really contribute any "cool" factor to them.

The weapons are not well-balanced, either. The small size of the levels removes the necessity of the sniper rifle, the SMG eats through lots of ammo while doing less damage than the pistol, and it takes several seconds to render anyone unconscious with the riot prod (as opposed to quick thwack with a melee weapon) My secret to success in the game was in using nothing but the police baton. And without sneaking. That's right, I'd run up and hit things with the baton and take them out. From soldiers to giant battlebots...the baton took them all in just a few hits. This is wrong.

The length and depth of this game is extremely shallow. I finished it in about 10 hours after completing all the sidequests, and there was maybe only an hour or two of replay value. There are some news terminals and "datacubes" (universal replacement for books, newspapers, etc.), which have some neat things to say, but compared to the first game, they are sorely lacking. No longer do you punch in PIN numbers and such, the game does it for you. There are no more lockpicks, only multitools, which kills that kind of variety. The game has devolved into a simple substandard action shooter, with a few gimmicks that have been done better elsewhere.

From a hardware perspective, this game is terrible. My machine is a 3Ghz, 512MB RAM, 64MB ATI Radeon Mobility card (laptop), and even on the MINIMAL settings, I ran into consistent choppiness. When I did turn all settings to max (for grading the graphics), it became a LONG slideshow. I am sure that XBox players would have a better time of it, the PC version of DX: Invisible War is merely a port of that version.

Compared to the first, this game is a MAJOR disappointment, and I would urge those lucky enough to play the first to save their money, unless they wish to collect IW in a bargain bin. The failed attempts to "streamline" and convert the game to XBox specifications go only to prove that less is...less. But despite all the negative criticism I have given in this review, the game is not TERRIBLE, just "fair".

1-0 out of 5 stars Beware of compatibility problems
If you think you've got a nice, relatively new computer, therefore you should be able to play Deus Ex. Be careful and read the video card support list very carefully. I have a Dell Dimension 2.4 gHz machine with a Geforce 4MX video card. Deus Ex will not play on this video card. Your card must have Pixel shader 1.1 capability to run. I bought the game and it will not work on my machine. I fell into this trap because I didn't know what the exact video card in my machine was. I assumed that, because it was relatively new and not bottom of the line, it would run pretty much any game out there. Live and learn. Don't make the same mistake as I did.

I'm rather discusted with the deus ex creators. I've been eagerly waiting for this game and now I can't play it. They didn't even give me the option of defeating pixel shading. So what if it wouldn't look as nice, at least I would be able to play it.

Oh well, The reviews I have read say it was a real disappointment anyway. I'm just glad I didn't run out and buy it for $50 when it was first released. I only got stuck for $20.

I guess this game will sit on my shelf until I upgrade my system in a few years. Hopefully it will be compatable with the system I buy then.

4-0 out of 5 stars Just Short of Perfection
The rumors were true: Deus Ex was the greatest game ever to grace the video/computer game market. Any attempt to follow up with a sequel would be an uphill battle. In a way, Eidos succeeded. Invisible War is slick sci-fi action RPG. The graphics are a tremendous update from the original, and the levels and characters offer greater interaction. The weapons are even more customizable, allowing you to turn a pistol into a silent glass-shattering tranq gun, or refit your Uzi to spew explosive shrapnel and use half the ammo.

However, while some aspects of the gameplay have been enhanced, others have diminished. Most notable is the storyline. While Deus Ex put forth a clear struggle of establishment vs. freedom fighters vs. secret society, Invisible War basically has you choose sides between 4 power-hungry factions, with oddly similar ideologies. There is no "for the good of the people" or "preserve the world" faction - in the end, you will be helping to put a single person or group of people in charge of the world.

However, if you go into this game looking for just an enjoyable romp, and not something to top the original, you will be in for a treat. Recommended for action enthusiasts and RPG fans. ... Read more


82. Games Just For Boys 2
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Asin: B00032IYH6
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Navarre(Software)
Sales Rank: 987
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83. Tonka Search and Rescue 2nd Edition (Jewel Case)
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Asin: B0000BVGLK
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Atari
Sales Rank: 878
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Features

  • Join Tonka Joe in cool rescue missions
  • Become a hero with police officers, firefighters and rescue workers
  • Drive 13 cool rescue vehicles including a rescue boat
  • 12 random rescue missions, activities and driving practice
  • For 1 player

84. Secret Agent Barbie (Jewel Case)
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Asin: B00017X75C
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Vivendi Universal Interactive Publishing
Sales Rank: 281
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Features

  • Track clues with Barbie in this thrilling spy adventure
  • Go undercover and try to catch the mysterious thief
  • Solve mini-missions in cities like Paris, Tokyo, and more
  • Decode clues, solve puzzles, and use high-tech gadgets
  • For kids ages 6 and over

85. Disney Print Creations Collection 1
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Asin: B00005KGU0
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Sierra
Sales Rank: 3866
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Now you can use favorite Disney characters in your publishing projects. Print Artist Disney: Print Creations Collection I features Bambi, Pinocchio, Alice in Wonderland, Dumbo, Peter Pan, Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Mickey Mouse, and much more. The collection provides everything you need--from fun graphics and layouts to creative ideas and a complete set of premium paper--to make your print projects come to life. Whether you want to make a card, banner, or gift bag, you can do it all with Disney graphics and layouts. With more than 2,000 quality projects on CD, and more available online, you will have everything you need to make unique and creative projects featuring popular Disney characters.

The software includes more than 6,000 graphics and 2,000 layouts featuring Disney's classic characters. Included are all the tools you need to make quick, imaginative projects for friends and family. Personalize all of your projects as well: whether you use the predesigned layouts and templates or create your own, you can personalize them to be one of a kind. ... Read more

Reviews (4)

1-0 out of 5 stars I'd rather use crayons to make a card
We were very excited to get this software because we are HUGE fans of Disney, but we think this software is absolutely awful! The graphics are poorly organized, many of the graphics are fluff and fillers (i.e. the same images only in black & white then again in color), and, overall the program is cumbersome and tedious to use. We are so disappointed in both Sierra and Disney, we suggest you don't waste your time or money.

4-0 out of 5 stars Delightful Program
This is a delightful program. Very versatile and a must for any Disney fan. I am looking forward to the release of Creation 2.

4-0 out of 5 stars great product
i think this "toy" look great! lots of things to do

1-0 out of 5 stars Disney not at its best!
I LOVE anything Disney and was thrilled to see this Print Creations CD!! I bought it for myself and couldn't wait to play with it! I was sooooo disappointed with it though! It has no play to it with the photos! If you enlarge your photograph then you lose half of the template!! There's not openings cut out for you to put your photos in and hide the unwanted part! Also you can't save your work in anything other than their format, so you can't share your work online with family or friends unless you email it which then shrinks it down to about 1/4 the size!! I know Disney is well, DISNEY, but it would be nice to have them actually let us be able to play with their images and templates!
Highly disappointed!!! ... Read more


86. LEGO Racers 2
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Asin: B00005LLTO
Catlog: Software
Publisher: LEGO Media International
Sales Rank: 544
Average Customer Review: 2.78 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Games seem less susceptible to sophomore slump than movies or books.Quite often, when a game sequel comes out, it has everything you liked from thefirst game, and some more, too. Happily, LEGO Racers 2 is just such asequel.

When the game begins, you get a chance to build your own car, and even build andname your own racer from "people" pieces. Building cars is fun without evenplaying the game. If you're not happy with a car you've built, or just want tobuild more, the main menu lets you build all the cars you want with a hugevariety of virtual bricks.

Though at heart it's a racing game, LEGO Racers 2 offers more than justracing. A large solo adventure game lets you explore five worlds. The worldsrepresent some of LEGO's lines that you might already have bricks for, such asLife on Mars and Arctic Explorer. Each world has places to explore, withminigames to discover and power-ups that will improve your car's performance orsmash the other cars in a race. And, of course, there's plenty of racing, evenin the adventure game.

Once a world has been unlocked in the adventure game, you can access the worldfrom the race menu. From there, you can race for time, or against a friend intwo-player mode. Two-player mode also allows you and a friend to battle eachother, racing around the worlds looking for power-ups to smash your opponent'scar.

Adults and kids will have fun playing this game--together or separately, itdoesn't matter. LEGO Racers 2 is varied enough to appeal to differentkinds of game players, and fun enough to offer repeat-play value. This racinggame definitely belongs in the winner's circle. (Ages 6 to 12) --Jeff Quick ... Read more

Reviews (18)

5-0 out of 5 stars No hype, just real fun.
I will make this simple. This game is fun. Easy interface. Nice graphics. All ages may apply. Better than the first in many ways. Very detailed levels. Runs smooth on a moderate system. Don't miss this. It won't be available forever! It works on my xp system as well!

5-0 out of 5 stars LR2 is SO much better than the first one
Lego Racers 2 is such a great game! You travel to exciting new worlds: Sandy Bay, Dino Island, Mars, Artic and Xalax, the ultimate racing planet! You start out on Sandy Bay, a lively and cheerful island. You just wish you could leap right into that Lego world. Then, later, you travel to exciting Dino Island, where there are T-rexs, Stegosauruses, Triceratops and Pteronodons running around. Then you go to Mars, a bizzare world where you can talk to aliens. Next is the Artic, which is a world so cool, it's frozen(really!). And last,but not least,is Xalax, the most incredible world of all! The only weird thing is Rocket Racer is real easy to beat. But you feel so excited to see millons of Lego guys cheering and screaming in huge stands around the tracks. All these worlds have fitting music. It's just such an awesome game. When you play the game as long as I have, you start to get really good at it and you make up your own unique tricks.
There are also battles, which is a two player game. You and another player start on a world with no tracks. You can go wherever you want. The object of the battle is to knock all the bricks off the opponent's car. My brother always wins:(
There are two player races also.
Here are a few tips for beating the bosses: With Sam Sinister, just avoid oil and don't slow down. With the alien on Mars( I forget his name),take the shortcut in the waterfall. With the Berg, take the shortcut to the left RIGHT after the 2nd checkpoint. With Rocket Racer, avoid the walls and jumps and you'll win! Oh, one tip: LR2 might not work on some laptops: you need a numberpad to build cars and usually laptops don't have numberpads. :(
If you don't have LR2, you're downright nuts. GET LEGO RACERS 2!!!! *dramatic music* :)

5-0 out of 5 stars Lego Racers vs. Lego Racers 2
If you think after reading these reveiw that the sequel is terrible, let me tell you something.

When the first came out, it was very suitable for little kids. The tracks were playful, with walls so it was easy to stay on track, and power ups so that if it got to hard, you could cheat a little and get back to having fun.

So the lego people thought, "Hey, they like it. Let's make a sequel and REALLY impress them!" They thought that if the game was fun currently, it would be much more fun with better AI, cooler bosses, destructible cars, etc. They boldly sent the game into perfection. The result, though, because it lacks the cuteness of the original, is less apealing to kids.

There are no walls on the tracks, just a green direction arrow and some signs and checkpoints to mark out the track. This means you can get off track, so the racing seems more real. The cars can slide, shunt, skid, and spin, so they behave cooler. Little kids ran out and bought it, then began racing, realising, to their horror, that the racing was more complex and harder.

To the kids who liked racng games, though, the sequel was a major improvement. The random power up thing increased strategy and tactics.

In short, a great game if you like racing, but not as good as the first if you like the charming lego and cuteness.

5-0 out of 5 stars A major improvement
I undertsand why people would think Lego Racers 2 is not as good as the first. I have played both and I think the second is wa better. The first one was more playful and you listened to silly music while you steer your car aroun and listen to him make funny noises when you crash. you are either behind everyone or in front of everyone.

In the second, the game has a better racing system. Little kids who like the original will be disapointed that the racing is more difficult. To me, that makes it better, because you go to more exotic places, have the option to explore and chat with people, play hidden bonus games that come in two levels, and upgrade your car.

First off, the cars behave realistically, shunting each other and skidding as they turn corners. The opponents are not perfect drivers like in the first, but the tougher ones like cassiopia and Mr. Cunningham are. Then, there are the worl bosses. This includes Sam Sinister, a superfast driver who drops oilslicks, Reigel, the martian king who drives a giant mech robot that is indestructable, and The Berg,a crystallic ice monster who cheats and raises giant stalagmites behind him.

The adventure mode is more plotted out. You hop from world to world, paying for passage with golden briks, which you win by winning races or finding them hidden in the worlds. On each world, you race on five tracks, then take on the boss.

In the actual races, the system is much better. Your car gets damaged as it slams into things, and if you are not careful you could lose your car altogether and end up running! Luckily, uou have pit stops, which repair your car. You have a new and powerful variety of powerups, and each one is chosen at random, so you don't know which one you are getting! Each of these is an improvement on the ones from the original. This includes the lethal bloodhound homing missiles, the swift powerdisks, the powerful drill missiles, the slippery tornadoe, which doubles as a super sheild which protects your car, the awesome Storm Cloud, which has double use for if you are in the back or the lead, the invaluable invisiblity, which allows you to sneak past other cars like warp did in the original, or steal their powerups. And lets not forget the almighty Dissolve Car, the most powerful, with absolute domination of the track.

You also get speed ups. It's called a brick boost, earned as your car is damaged.

You can go to Arctic World, Dino Island, Mars, Xalax, or the lego town of sandy Bay.

The two player mode is much improved. You can do a leage race, like in the original curcuit race, or a standard race, or even a battle, where there are no tracks and the goal is to destroy the other guy's car! In one player, you can race on any track with up to seven other racers, or do a time race against yourself as a ghost car!

The builder has been improved, featuring racer parts from every new world, and a significantly upgraded car builder, allowing you to put up to 20!!! bricks on your car, as opposed to the meager builder in lego racers 1, which only allowed 10 bricks. In addition, your car drives better depending on weight and balance, so building a car can be educational!

In addition, any driver can go on any car, leading to almost limitless racer configurations. Also, you can practice a test run on any track, and the computer will determine which car is fastest by way of lap time! The bonus games are fun, and you can use them to win car upgrades for power, grip, and sheilds. They range from serving as taxi driver on sandy bay to collecting fuel cells for the astronauts or training on Xalax. Watch out for the guard cars!

The tracks are much more difficult, with no walls but checkpoints and a direction arrow to maintain a track. Race over a rickety bridge, run from a dinosaur in the jungle, explore a fiery volcano, but don't fall in! Race up a raging river,Dodge molten rocks as you cross the magma lake on Mars, and watch out for giant mech robots! Explore the icy caves up north, and a trapped ship in the ice, a cave inhabited by an icy monster, and go over loop de loops and ramps or power rings on Xalax as you race against ramas in a crazy stunt ralley!

Includes a new catch up mode, so there is always a challenge in every race depending on your skill!

In short, a major improvemt, with the only drawback being there are some steep requirements.

3-0 out of 5 stars VERY ADDICTIVE !
The boys loved the 1st version of this game and were totally thrilled to get this 2nd version. It's a load of fun for them but way too addictive. I also don't like it because it doesn't work perfectly, even after tinkering with the settings and computer drivers (just like the first one), and the boys don't learn anything from it. I guess I'm asking too much from it... ... Read more


87. Disney's Buzz Lightyear Action Game

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Asin: B00004U5R2
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Disney Interactive
Sales Rank: 1458
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Buzz Lightyear uses arc lasers, hoverboards, and old-fashioned SpaceRanger muscle power as he attempts to save the universe from Emperor Zurg andhis vile minions in this multilevel action game. The mission: chase bad guys,then defeat them.

The game has 14 primary missions that take place in nine different 3-Dlocations. Most of these locales are worlds: Jo-Ad, a pastoral planet; Karn, aswampy world where the ooze slows the action; and Flamar, a planet where playersmust dodge molten lava hazards, are just a few of the wild planets Buzz mustvisit. Players must help Buzz complete each mission before moving on to thenext.

There are two levels of difficulty: Cadet and Space Ranger. As Buzz racesthrough these strange worlds, there are shields, wild modes of transportation,and even teleport machines to help him on his way. The weaponry in this gamewould make Charlton Heston's day: there's a standard issue laser gun, homingplasma guns, iceguns, Gatling guns, arc lasers, and various grenades androckets. We didn't know Buzz was such a shoot 'em up kind of guy!

Though the myriad missions take place in different settings, with differenthazards, this Windows-only game can become boring, since the basic nature ofeach mission is chase and destroy. It's possible to win medals for rescuinglittle green men, and one of the two bonus levels involves finding all of theparts of a robot character (XR) who's been blown to bits, but even these extraelements are still just chase scenes with different motivations.

Attention to detail is missing on this program: Commander Nebula repeats missioninstructions on an endless loop unless the player hits a space bar to interrupt,and even on the highest resolution setting, this game lacks that smooth,flawless Toy Story look. Also, the keyboard user interface wasserviceable for game play, but it was counterintuitive and frustrating when weneeded to change options. We think some of Zurg's minions may be to blame. (Ages8 and up) --Anne Erickson ... Read more

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars To a great game...and Beyond!
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command is a game that follows the old formula:nab the villain and get the points. But oh,how they do it! Weapon names like Blasters and Plasma Ray Gun make me want to pull the trigger. Colorful villains like The Fixer,Nos4A2 (my favorite) and the Evil Emporer Zurg ("Curse you,Buzz Lightyear (for making an excellent game that everyone loves)) are there for the chasing. Animations from the animated TV show spice up between-level time. What more could you want from a Disney game?

4-0 out of 5 stars This is a cool game!
I really like this game a lot. I am almost 8 years old and love the Disney Action game series. There are 14 fun levels of game-play. Also, you get to defeat the evil Zurg in the final battle. The graphics and 3-D animation are great, but it's kind of hard to figure out how to get past some of the higher levels. Overall, this is a really fun game for fans of Toy Story 2 or the Buzz Lightyear of Star Command cartoon.

3-0 out of 5 stars Boring
My 71/2 year old grand-niece played it and said it was easier than the 1st grade version. She said it was too simple and boring. My 4 year old grandson played it and it was too hard, but he did enjoy putting the marble track together with help. ... Read more


88. American Idol
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Asin: B0000639VO
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Vivendi Universal
Sales Rank: 331
Average Customer Review: 4.12 out of 5 stars
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Based on the Fox television series, American Idol: The Search for a Superstar brings the intense talent competition to your home. Designed for ages 10 and up, the game immerses players in the life of an American Idol contestant. Experience the celebrity lifestyle and create a superstar image. Shop for hip fashions and accessories, practice singing skills, and perfect dance moves. As players compete to be at the top, they must prove they have what it takes to be the best. Just like the TV show, this game features three tough judges who will praise or preach after each performance. Great tunes, super sets, and much more make this game as close as you can get to being there. And for the real test of talent, contestants can record and post their performance on the American Idol Web site to garner first place in a nationwide online competition. ... Read more

Features

  • Become an American Idol contestant
  • 3 judges rave or rant at your moves
  • Refine your superstar style
  • Post your performance in American Idol cyber competition
  • Includes 20 hip tunes and cool dance moves

Reviews (26)

5-0 out of 5 stars AMERICAN IDOL ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hey everyone! I just wanna say that THIS GAME RULES!!!!! You get to choose from songs like: From AM to PM by Christina Milian, Feelin Is Right by Samantha Mumba, Angel by Shaggy, Free by Mya, I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor, Bouncing Off The Ceiling by the A*Teens, S Club Party by S Club, Kryptonite by 3 Doors Down, Escape by Enrique Englasias, and those are just a few of my favorites out of the 20 SONGS YOU CAN CHOOSE FROM!!!! You get to choose your look. There are 4 skin tones: Light, pale, asian, and dark. There are many hairstyles and looks to choose from, and there are soooooooooo many more that you can buy along the way! But you can only buy CLOTHES (shirts, pants/skirts, and shoes), not new hairstyles and colors. You also get to pick a stage name for your contestant!!! The computer randomly puts you against one of the contestants that the game made up. You have to get 1000 star power by buying clothes, stages, lighting effects, special effects, dance moves, and camera angles. The game comes with a FREE MIC so that you can sing into it!!!!!!! There are 2 types of dance performances and 2 types of singing performances. You'll learn more about them if you buy this game (and I hope you do!!!). There are 2 hosts (but you only hear their voices), a boy and a girl. The boy's name is TC and the girl's name is Kat. I HIGHLY RECOMMENED THIS GAME!!! GET IT!!!! YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOUR MISSING OUT ON!!!!!!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Super cool & lots of stuff to do!
I watched the American Idol TV show and then I went out and bought this game. This game actually has MORE stuff in it than the show did!

First, you get to create your own character. There's not too many choices at first, but if you play for a while you can collect a lot of stuff.

Then you get to play singing and dancing games! The dancing games are pretty cool and my favorite is the singing practices where someone sings to you and you have to sing back. You can record a song with your voice and use it in the game too.

After you win a game, you go make a video of your performance. I think this is the best part. All kinds of dance moves, cameras, lighting and special effects. Then, if you want, you can put your video up on the website and people can vote on it, just like in the show!

It takes a long time to get enough stuff to make a really cool video, so don't give up.

I'd recommend this to anyone who liked the American Idol TV show and also to anyone who likes to sing or put together dance performances.

5-0 out of 5 stars rocks
The songs rock the clothing rocks the game rocks.
Its like the sims because you get to create your charecter but instead of walking around you get to compete and it is so much fun to make a music video with friends you really should try the game

5-0 out of 5 stars NOTHING LIKE THE SHOW BUT THIS GAME ROCKS
This American Idol Game is 10 times better than the one made by Codemaster!!!! I see people talking about how, "Oh, I don't know these songs" or "These songs are old" but if you don't know them the words flash across the screen and if they are old....tough!!!
I'm an 11 year old that should have been born 20 years ago because I love those kind of songs!! I love the way that you can make that person your own! You are NOT trying to make th next American Idol!! It's a game people!! Come on!!! The clothes, hair and all around point of the game is definetly the best game I have ever played and that is truely sincere!!

Hope you like the game!!!

§~Vanessa~§

4-0 out of 5 stars Ok but not awesome
THe game is good preety much except that a micro phone doesn't come with it!! IT only has 21 songs and unless they do and expansion set the game will get boring. there are only two judges that don't critique you they give you compliments!! There are only a few dance moves and closthe I'd wait to buy it until they make an expannsion set IF they do!! ... Read more


89. Stuart Little Learning Adventures
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Asin: B00006AAIZ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: The Learning Company
Sales Rank: 387
Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
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Stuart Little, that lovable, little mouse with a big personality, is back for more adventure, fun, and learning. This double CD-ROM set offers kids, ages 3 to 7, two amazingly fun titles: Stuart Little: His Adventures in Numberland, and Stuart Little: His Adventures in Wordland. Filled with 29 learning activities covering math, language arts, and critical-thinking skills as well as award-winning content designed by educators, kids will revel in a range of adventures and heroics with Stuart and friends. And for parents, progress-tracking tools and reports let you celebrate your child's learning victories. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!! Real learning in a fun environment.
Of all the educational software my girls (currently in kindergarten) have played, this is easily my favorite - and theirs too. Much more engaging than similar titles in the JumpStart and Reader Rabbit series.

First, there is more variety in the two CDs in this package than in similar educational software for this age. And the activities are more compelling and less repetitive. My girls are sticking with each activity for a long time rather than always moving on to the next one because the current one gets boring quickly.

Also, this software has competitive games that can be played with the computer or with another player (a child or a parent.) So I get to play. And some of these games actually involve some strategy. For example, in one game, each player controls two pieces that have to move from the start to the finish. The player has to determine which piece should be moved since different actions will result after the move is made. Also, this game uses two dice, so the child gets used to quickly adding two numbers (shown as dots) instead of relying on a spinner pointing to a single number.

Next, the production quality is very high. The games and activities use a 3D environment, and are always interesting to look at. My kids frequently say "Cool" when they see the special effects.

One more item: This game uses the metaphor of Stuart Little's "brainpower" (visually filling in areas of his 'brain') to keep track of what activities have been played and how much more is needed to get a special reward. My kinds understand this, and it motivates them.

I think this is a great kids title. My kids do too.

5-0 out of 5 stars this IS the best ever-- and no wonder why
I got Stuarts Adventures for my three grand daughters and what a success. This game is amazing and like nothing we have ever seen before. There is a scale model of an ancient sailing ship where the children can play, and a scale model of an old steam engine the children ride to a mining town. The adventures are fun for young kids and must have been tested with lots and lots of young children. There is pretty music from different countries, and games with a lot of refreshing variety, cute rewards, and great content. In one game the child learns the letters that begin the names of beautiful children from many cultures. As the game progresses these children whose letters and names are being learned are seen in their own cultures. The game culminates with the child learning famous landmarks on each continent and seeing where these different cultures are located on a world map....an amazing example of the way gifted kindergarten teachers can teach language in a cultural context. The highest level rewards are meaningful because as the child moves through the games they accumulate "brain power" that lets them create toys on one CD, and on the other that lets they decode a mystery note so Stuart can follow his aunt Polly on an adventure. Its SO addictive, and the kids learn SO easily and don't get tired of it, that I became curious about who could have created such a masterpiece. I went to the website on the box (and also the interactive manual on the CD)and read all about it. These games were made by a research and development team at a top university. The team was a cognitive psychologist, two developmental psychologists, a linguist, an art teacher, a prize winning composer, an experienced kindergarten teacher, and several computer scientists and graphic artists. This is why the games keep the attention of kids and actually teach them things that coordinate with school. It must be why it all appears so hand crafted and beautiful. This is a really great achievement and I agree with the other review I read here. Its the best value to date -- and its no wonder why!

5-0 out of 5 stars It never ends! A great learning tool, but a game for kids
This is the best value in computer software to date. The games never end and are incredibly educational. But your kid will never know it! The games include board games, dot to dot, matching, tetris-like adding game, crosswords and more. My daughter can't get enough of it. We read the reviews and yes, I'll agree it is advanced for a 3 yr old. My daughter is 4 and recognizes her letter (but doesn't yet know their sounds) and knows numbers by sight up to 10. If your child doesnt know their numbers or letters you'll have to play with them. But isn't that fun, too?! Really, this is a great game.

3-0 out of 5 stars A Little hard for 3 year olds
My three year old enjoys seeing Stewart on the computer, but I think she doesn't understand the concept of most of this game.She likes doing the dot-to-dots and then coloring them but it was to hard for her.I found no setting to make it easier for her to play.

5-0 out of 5 stars If there were academy awards for educational software...
If there were academy awards for children's educational software, Stuart's Learning Adventures would win all the Oscars -- for best educational content, for best graphics, for cleverest characters, for best motivation for kids, for best music. This was a spectacular surprise. ... Read more


90. Playhouse Disney The Wiggles, Wiggle Bay
list price: $19.99
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Asin: B00008ZPAE
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Disney Interactive
Sales Rank: 3530
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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1-0 out of 5 stars If You Want To Disappoint Your Child Buy This Game
Being the purchasing parent, I got to play the Waste Your Money game with Disney. I like The Wiggles, I have no problem sitting through hours of Wiggley fun, but goodness gracious Disney Interactive! How could you allow this to be put on the market - for 20 dollars no less? My son actually said to me, "Daddy, it's not doing nothing?" (I'll work on his use of double-negatives later) Uhh, Merry Christmas Son?!? It offers NO stimulation for the childs mind and has NO entertainment value. Basically, it's the PC game equivalent of a cardboard cut-out.

Let me give you an example of how bad it is: You can choose to watch three little Wiggles video clips, well, the problem is when The Wiggles sing their mouths don't match-up to the song being played - none of the three videos are in sync! I mean seriously people?!?

The one good thing about Wiggle Bay is that it gets my son off the computer. Now THAT'S worth 20 dollars.

2-0 out of 5 stars Don't Waste Your Money!
Trust me when I say, don't waste your money, this game is not worth it no matter how much of a Wiggle fan your child is. My son is a huge fan so I got this for him thinking it would be the perfect thing to introduce him to the computer. After we played each game just one time he was bored and wanted to get down to go play and that isn't like him when it comes to anything dealing with The Wiggles, he eats, breathes, and sleeps The Wiggles.

2-0 out of 5 stars Should have been called "Dorothy's Cheap Mini-Games"
The voice of Dorothy the Dinosaur provides instructions as you navigate around an island-shaped menu of 8 mini-games. Unfortunately, the games themselves (Tic-Tac-Toe, simple jigsaw puzzles and mazes, etc.) are very short, unimaginative and look cheap. They are of the quality that you can easily find for free on websites like Nick Jr., Playhouse Disney, or PBS Kids.

One of menu options isn't even a game at all - it's just 3 short clips from the "Wiggle Bay" video. Another game where you water four of Dorothy's flowers, is actually quite frustrating -- each plant starts dying if you remove the water for more than a split-second, so the only way to get them all to bloom is to be in a ridiculous constant motion.

And besides those three video clips, the Wiggles themselves are barely present at all in the game. Comic-book-style renderings of their faces appear on the screen, and you'll hear an occasional "Hi I'm Jeff" or "You're very good at this game", but Dorothy is the voice who provides all the instructions.

Overall, a very disappointing product.

3-0 out of 5 stars NOT WHAT I EXPECTED
This is not high quality software.The program is slow and to simple even for my 18 month old daughter.I have a top of the line Gateway computer,and I have never seen anything move as slow as this.She loves the Wiggles so I feel we got are moneys worth she can look at the one of the three videos included in the software ( they are only small pieces). I thought we would get a better program with Disney names on the product.

2-0 out of 5 stars Better for Older Kids and No Wiggle Music
No Wiggles music is incorporated in the game. The computer games are better designed for older kids. Games include Tic, Tac, Toe and maze games. Not the best children's computer game out there. ... Read more


91. SET:The Computer Game

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Asin: B00000IV94
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: SET Enterprises Inc.
Sales Rank: 1495
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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The object of the game is to identify sets of three cards. Each card is unique in its four features: number: 1,2, or 3; symbol: diamond, squiggle, or oval; shading: solid, striped, or open; and color: red, green, or purple. A set consists of three cards on which every feature is either the same on all of the cards, or different on all of the cards. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Beginning Player
I played the computer game SET for the first time last night at a party my parents went to. It was fun but challenging because the computer was finding more sets than I was in the beginning. Other people got interested in the game and everyone started looking for the sets. Then I began to see the sets faster and could beat the computer. I liked it because it lets me play one on one against the computer while I'm learning the game and I know I can get good enough to beat the computer and even those other people who were looking over my shoulder.

5-0 out of 5 stars SET is a really neat game
I played SET as a card game for years. It is an awesome game. I like the fact that I am really good at it because it won so many awards. The computer version really adds some neat challenges. I like the beat-the-clock mode, and I am really hooked on the mode where I get extra time if I'm fast enough. I keep making the hall of fame. Really great because now I can play anytime not just when my friends come over. I love it. ... Read more


92. Traintown Deluxe

Asin: B00004Y2MU
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Sierra
Sales Rank: 8059
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

With 3-D Ultra Lionel Traintown Deluxe, you can build theultimate railroad system without cluttering up the entire basement. Constructa maze of rail lines for freight and passenger trains to ship goods and peoplefrom place to place, become the engineer of a steam engine, or even manage severaltrains at once as they pick up and deliver needed goods to the factories near the track.

The game begins with a series of tutorials that outline the basic functions ofplay--driving trains, moving from track to track, and managing loads--beforepresenting a series of timed puzzle scenarios. Younger players may find even thesimplest of these scenarios too challenging, and may prefer the options that allow them(or their parents) to lay out train routes on their own. The electronic element alsoallows for some creative settings, such as scenarios set on the moon or the North Pole,or ones that include dinosaur farms.

Despite these fictional elements, the program's best feature is the level of realisticdetail it provides on the nuts and bolts of train systems. Each train car has a specificfunction, prohibiting players from loading inappropriate cargo. Track repairs, coupling anddecoupling cars, refueling, track switching--all of the basic concepts that rule the railroadsare covered in 3-D Ultra Lionel Traintown Deluxe.

Though its approach is low-key, it's also very educational, developing in young players anappreciation for how trains and railroads work--not to mention how food gets from the farmto the local grocery store. 3-D Ultra Lionel Traintown Deluxe may well be everythingboth a parent and a child could want. It's engaging, well designed, and informative. Best ofall, playing it is a lot of fun. (Ages 7 and older) --Alyx Dellamonica ... Read more

Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars My 4 year old loves this game!
My little boy loves trains. When I came upon the Traintown Deluxe CD I thought I'd give it a try. He loved it. And now at 5 he still plays the CD and has truly excelled at the different levels. I reccommend this CD for any train enthusiast at any age. Its the best money I've spent on a CD game in a long time.

2-0 out of 5 stars Want A Real Train Game Try Trainz!
Don't touch it. This is the most horrible excuse i've ever seen for a train game ew! This a bad game for kids to get into trains oh i love Lionel but they are not so good at games stick to the O gauge stuff. But seriously folks don't waist your money on this game. How about Trainz very good game awsome! well fell free to SEE MORE ABOUT ME Bye!

5-0 out of 5 stars You Should LOVE This Too!
I've played with trains, train sims, and even fixed Lionel trains once or twice, and I can say how wonderful this game is to me! It has wonderful train music, and 3D sound, 10 worlds from a regular living room to a fantasy land, and the models in this game look just like the real ones! There are over 80+ puzzles from super-duper easy to brain-twisting hard! There are EVEN cheat codes if you just can't solve the puzzle. I surely reccommend this game to everyone! I LOVE it and you should too!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
This is an awesome game for train lovers of all ages. It starts of with simple tasks, memory games, and thinking puzzles. The difficulty increases and becomes more challenging, even for adults. There are jobs to build your own train yard, deliver freight to their destinations, or to keep the train from crashing. There's math puzzles, sorting skills, and even some alien invaders. This is MUCH better than Lego's Loco.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect
I haven't seen a program that's more fun for a train buff than this one. I haven't hit the big time with it yet, but I can't get over the simplicity of use and the graphics it has. I'm amazed at how complete it is and find new things to enjoy each time I start it up. ... Read more


93. Backyard Baseball 2005(Large Box)
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Asin: B000632ZFO
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Atari
Sales Rank: 3487
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94. Spy Fox Cheese Chase (Jewel Case)
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Asin: B00005QI51
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Humongous Entertainment
Sales Rank: 341
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Join SPY Fox on another exciting adventure. Grab your helmet and help SPY Fox catch Russian Blue, who has stolen the prized Limburger. But staying on Russian Blue's tail won't be that easy as her goons try and stop you and SPY Fox along the way. Professor Quack is there to help though, providing motorcycles, snowmobiles, jet skis, ultralights, and an assortment of SPY gadgets to help recover the treasured cheese.

Kids can play through 100 levels of challenging, arcade-style games. Save games after completing each level and track the progress of up to 75 players. Players can even put their creativity to work by using Professor Quack's Level Builder to construct challenging new levels. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Cheese Chase
This game is really fun. It has 100 levels and many animations along the way. It even comes with a built-in level editor so that you can build your own levels. There's no violence, and this arcade game featuring SPY Fox is very easy to run most of the time. The graphics are simple but good. Russian Blue has stolen the Limburger cheese and SPY Fox must catch her. You can also get this game in the Super Duper Arcade 1 value pack. ... Read more


95. The Kids Collection
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Asin: B0000CE1JX
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Sales Rank: 1280
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Features

  • An exciting compilation of 6 complete PC games for kids
  • Sim Theme Park--create your very own theme park
  • LEGO Soccer Mania--customize your team and challenge the opposition
  • LEGO Island Xtreme Stunts--5 action-packed extreme stunt games
  • Also includes Sim Safari, Sim Town, and Sim Coaster

96. Spy Fox 3: Operation Ozone (Jewel Case)
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Asin: B00008K2Y7
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Atari
Sales Rank: 182
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Another excellent episode
My daughter and I have loved every Spy Fox game (in fact, every Humongous game), and this one is no exception. Now that it has dropped into the bargain bin price point, there is no reason not to buy it. James Bond-type jokes and spy action, with a completely kid-friendly feel. The box says ages 5 to 8, and that's right - a five-year-old might need you there beside them (which I promise you will enjoy), while a seven or eight-year-old can do it all themselves. They might need you to explain some of the jokes, though. ... Read more


97. Math Missions: The Race to Spectacle City Arcade Grades K-2
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Asin: B00009VRFR
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Scholastic
Sales Rank: 359
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Story-based math games for grades K-2
  • Explore the city using real-life math skills
  • Do fun activities to earn money to play arcade games
  • Colorful graphics and fun sounds
  • For one player

Reviews (3)

4-0 out of 5 stars Highly Motivating Learning Tool!
I was impressed with the animation and graphics for this game and even more so the storyline and tasks that motivate kids to want to reach the goal - doing every task in the "city" (to help the merchants with math) so the arcade can open and the player can spend the money he or she has "earned" to play games. My daughter(5 yrs.)is so hooked and her math skills really improved. You can even track your child's progress. My only criticism is that it was a tad bit hard to navigate and figure out how close to the goal she was.

5-0 out of 5 stars Engaging and makes practical math fun.
My four year old daughter loves this game and would play it every day for hours if I let her. She has really developed some advanced skills just by having a good time. Some of the games require more support from me than others, but overall she is able to do more and more by herself and is definitely learning. I usually type in a new name each time we play so she has to start over with all the math games before she can use the arcade. She loves it so that's no problem. One extra is that there are girl characters on the program, which I appreciate for my daughter.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing software.
Excellent, challenging, fun software for kids! Get this for your first or second grader, and only if your kindergarten child is pretty advanced in math. Offers lots of practice and contains bright and fun graphics that draw kids in. The "mission" also helps keep them playing. ... Read more


98. Pajama Sam: Games to Play on Any Day
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Asin: B00005MP0B
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Atari
Sales Rank: 3462
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Pajama Sam: Games to Play on Any Day has no 3-D graphics, nospecial effects, and no gimmicks. It's excellent. This refreshing program puts aclever Humongous Entertainment spin on remakes of classic games. Remember whenkids pulled checkers and Parcheesi out of the closet on a rainy day instead ofpowering up the Game Boy? This CD-ROM evokes that feeling so completely, it'seasy to forget these board games are taking place onscreen instead of on theliving-room floor.

The first treat is that no installation is necessary, since these games rundirectly from disc. After an animated sequence that features Pajama Samrummaging through that game closet on a drearily wet day, players arrive at asimple screen where there are nine different games to choose from. Here playerscan also pick one of three levels of difficulty, and whether they want to playthe computer or a fellow human being. There's even a demo mode for folks whohave been playing so much Super Mario they've forgotten how to playcheckers.

The games have names like Jumping Beans, Fans and Teleporters, and 4 CheesePizza, but don't be fooled. You'll be playing checkers, Chutes and Ladders, andsomething similar to Aggravation, yet not so close as to inspire a lawsuit fromMilton Bradley. This program also contains versions of Concentration(Concentrate!), and tic-tac-toe (Cheese and Crackers). Our favorite was afamiliar-feeling game called Happy Fun Squares where we linked dots with lines,eventually building squares, against a character named Darkness. Even on theeasy level, Darkness managed to be an enjoyable opponent, amass squares withfrightening efficiency, and whup us thoroughly.

Humongous Entertainment deserves kudos for going back to the basics and creatinga simple program with staying power. It's no accident that these games areclassics: most of them require strategic thinking and logic to win. Well, exceptfor Cheese and Crackers (a.k.a. tic-tac-toe), where a well-played game always ends in a tie. (Rated for Everyone, we recommend ages 5 andolder.) --Anne Erickson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Humongous/Infogames #1
This is absolutely the best set of kids' computer games except for PuttPutt's Activity Pack (same company)! We have most of PuttPutt, Freddi Fish, Pajama Sam and Spy Fox, plus the soccer, baseball and football. Not only has my 6 year old been playing them successfully for 3 years, but the neighbor kids up to age 12 come over to play them as well (for the past 3 years). You can't go wrong with any of these products for kids not yet too sophisticated to demand interactive advanced graphics. These are the best, and entirely inoffensive.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best kid games...
My kid has all the Freddi Fish , Spy Fox & Pajama Sam titles.
My kid loved the games since he was 4 years old.
Humongous Entertainment did an excellent job.
These games will challenge the intelligence of kids.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pajama Sam Games to Play on Any Day
The sixth Pajama Sam release, this new game doesn't look like it will live up to the others, but it does. There are ten fun new versions of old games. They can be more addicting than the originals, especially if you're a PJ Sam fan! It's a rainy day, and Pajama Sam doesn't know what to do. He looks in the closet for games, and ends up in a world of fun, revisiting with some of his old friends. Because you can't save games, THIS GAME DOESN'T REQUIRE ANY HARD DRIVE SPACE. It will work on practically any computer Windows 95, Mac 7.5.5, or higher, and doesn't need to be installed. It doesn't come with a CD case, just an envelope, but this game stays in my CD-ROM drive all the time because it's so hard to stop playing. I would recommend this for any Pajama Sam junkee, or just a PJ Sam beginner.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great software for young children!
This is a great software program for young children. My five-year old and my three -year old love Pajama Sam. This program teaches critical thinking and problem solving skills in an easy game format.

I would recommend this product to anyone looking for great educational software for their kids! ... Read more


99. Alphabet
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Asin: B000056WJY
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Viva Media
Sales Rank: 4525
Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Tivola breathes life and whimsy into the alphabet by giving each andevery letter a personality of its own. As become a heavenly choir,singing "ahhh" in perfect harmony as keys are stroked or the mouse is dragged.T becomes a kite with a tail, fluttering through the air and making apapery whap! when it crashes to the ground. An i scuttles acrossthe screen, so scared it occasionally leaves its dot behind, while Cscrash cacophonously into one another.

A book by artist Kveta Pacovská inspired Alphabet--the artwork isblocky and abstract, with a lot of reds, oranges, and dark greens. Though thesegraphics are an unusual contrast to the slick, bright world of mainstreamchildren's programs, don't let the offbeat look of Alphabet scare you. Wesaw Nintendo-loving preteen boys and nonartistic adults fall under the sirenspell of this program.

Alphabet is designed for both PC and Macintosh users, and folks withmicrophones will enjoy the interactive audio element that allows them to blowletters across the screen or frighten poor i even more by shouting.Operating in Alphabet is simple: clicking on the upper left of the screenmakes letters of the alphabet appear in random order, as children's voicesrecite them. Keyboard strokes will call up whatever letter is hit, whiledragging the mouse over the letters renders hypnotic, dance-mix-type audio("zed, zed, zed"). A click on the upper right corner explores the possibilitieshidden within each letter--this is where you find your singing As andcrashing Cs. Alphabet is a rich sensory experience--don't expectdetailed instructions, games with goals, or even lessons in this land ofletters. This alphabet's main strength is that it doesn't spell thingsout--explorers must discover the magic on their own.

Tivola isn't engaging in public relations puffery when it says the appropriateage range for Alphabet is 3 to 102. This CD-ROM is a work of art thatwill tickle young and old alike. --Anne Erickson ... Read more

Reviews (10)

5-0 out of 5 stars WOW!
All I have to say is WOW! Alphabet is children's software at its finest. This game not only introduces kids to the letters of the alphabet but also to the mouse and keyboard. I enjoyed playing with my daughter because the graphics are so rich and the music is fascinating. This game is really about art. Like a wonderful picture book, Alphabet has given our family hours of enjoyment.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Educational Software I have Come Across!
This is absolutely the best game/learning tool my daughter has to-date. Unlike some other software, Alphabet engages all senses and makes the PROCESS of learning enjoyable.

3-0 out of 5 stars Still don't understand
I have used several beginning alphabet programs with my 7 year old. I was looking for something new for my 4 year old and this was well reviewed. I find it totally incomprehensible. It was somewhat entertaining for the 7 year old. We kept trying to guess which letter was represented on the screen. It was useless for letter recognition or phonic sound.

5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly Different
This is a beautiful program. It is based on a picture book, and it literally allows your child to play with the alphabet in an explosion of color and sound. Many of the graphics resemble a child's collage. The background music is a wonderful ethereal blend of instruments and voices. If you like "world" music, you'll like this. Also this is made by a European company so you might notice some unusual things like Z being called Zed, but that's easy enough to explain to children.

This is very, very, very unlike most children's software on the market so I think it will be a love/hate thing for most people and as is reflected in other reviews in this forum. If you think the cutesy animated characters which drill the ABC's and 123's with lots of structured games and jingles are the greatest thing since sliced bread, then Alphabet is probably not for you. However, if you are looking for a truly unique, artistic, and fun way to introduce your children to the computer and the alphabet then give this a try.

Both my 3 and 6 year old boys love this. And I mean LOVE. Oh the giggles that erupt in my house when you play this. You have two choices you can either choose a letter to play with from the menu or let the computer randomly choose.

The letters do not merely dance, but can be manipulated by your child moving the mouse. Each letter does something different. For example one turns into a pac man like creature and the child moves the mouse capturing the rest of the letters. With A, the letter is stylized to resemble an opera singer and out of her mouth come many A's. Your child moves the letters around to make different sounds, harmonies, and melodies. The letter "i" acts like a flyswatter chasing it's dot around the screen. Each letter does something fun which your child manipulates with the mouse.

Now what about educational value? Children learn mouse skills, action and reaction, and familiarity with the alphabet. And while they do this they are surrounded by fantastic art, animation, and sound which they manipulate. Being able to play with the alphabet leads to interest in reading. This is a highly creative program, which obviously is not for everyone.

1-0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY THIS!
My child accidentally bought this by clicking on the button to buy automatically while she was in my lap. I could have returned it, but decided to save it until she was ready. Well I just opened the package and tried it. This program is awful! Just like other reviewers, I couldn't figure it out and didn't really want to because it was just nonsense. I had to write a review because it is sooo terrible, I don't want anyone else to think their kids will learn anything from it. Do not waste your money. ... Read more


100. M&M's: The Lost Formulas
list price: $14.99
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Asin: B00004U8GL
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Pearson Software
Sales Rank: 364
Average Customer Review: 3.71 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

The devious M&M Minis have taken over the candy factory, and it's up toyou to help Yellow get a grip on this candy-coated calamity. Bubbling vats ofchocolate, messed-up machinery, and revved-up robots are only some of the manyobstacles you'll face in this wild driving, surfing, running, and flyingadventure game.

The Lost Formulas puts kids in the driver's seat as they engage in threelevels of play per game, but it's not all fun. There's an "edutainment"component that allows players to practice multilevel math drills (coveringtopics ranging from basic number recognition to addition, subtraction,multiplication and division), all the while going bonkers searching for the lostformulas hidden by the mischievous Minis. "I could play this forever," raved our8-year-old tester as he expertly manned the up-, down-, left-, and right-arrowkeys for the ride of his life. To turbocharge the fun, our tester suggestspressing the ALT key (Command or Apple key on the Mac) to help Yellow "do hisspin attack."

Players can earn extra lives in bonus rounds and play eight zany levels,including:

Get Out of Town: The best arcade driving game we've seen. Here, kids raceYellow and his car through superbly animated cities and suburbs to arrive at thecandy factory. This game makes demolition derbies seem tame.

Milk Chocolate: Vats of bubbling chocolate and crazy robots could spelltrouble for Yellow. Be sure to jump the chasms and land on the platforms withthe correct math answers that match the clues.

Oh, Chute!: Cleverly named, this behind-the-scenes look at the chocolatefactory has kids negotiating conveyor belts, moving machinery, and openingchutes as they boost their math sequencing skills.

Candy Colors: Watch out for the flying color blobs while you fly your waythrough this colorful mess.

Stampin' and Sortin': Dodge the stamping and sorting machines as you run for your sweet life in this cool down round of game play.

Pack It In: Jump on the right candy boxes or else you could be indangerous trouble. This part is what disaster management is all about.

Warehouse Woes: Who says driving a forklift is work? What a hoot!

The Shocking Truth: Get the skinny when you go behind the factory's powercircuits. But don't get zapped in the electrifying final round of game play.

In a nutshell, this fast-paced, cutting-edge CD-ROM plays like a video game, butincludes math drills as an added incentive. Grab this software and a bag ofM&M's for some yummy fun for the whole family. (Ages 5 to 10) --TinaVelgos ... Read more

Reviews (17)

3-0 out of 5 stars GREAT GAME
I think this game is great for kids 7-13 its a very fun game that builds math skills and helps you learn your addition subtraction and multiplication i recommend this for kids its great

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Creative Game ****************
I bought this for my son's 4th birthday because he loves the M&M's characters. This is such a cool imaginative game. The graphics are excellent, it's challenging without being too tough, and the music is nicely put together with the different levels. Very entertaining. My son is now 4 1/2 and he has taught me a few things about the game that I even missed. The math levels are also a great thing to get kids to learn without knowing they are. Also, it's very refreshing from some other games that are too violent or serious that are marketed to children.

5-0 out of 5 stars THE BEST GAME EVER!!
I do not have a copy of this game for myself, but I have played it a lot before. It has great graphics. It's also an awesome game. Explore the M&M's Factory with Yellow as you try to catch all the mini M&M's you can. Run on conveyor belts, hop on crates, dodge evil robots and machines and try your best to beat all eight exiting and fun-filled levels of the game!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best!
This is one of the best computer games I have ever played. It isn't easy - that's for sure - but it is so much fun. My 7 year old son is the only one in the family who has gotten through all of the levels - including the bonus levels - but we all enjoy the game. The driving in "Get Out of Town" is a blast!! Well worth the money. This game is a lot of fun. The whole family will enjoy playing it again and again.

3-0 out of 5 stars DO NOT PURCHASE if you have WIN 2000
I love this game! It's worked wonders for my daughter in speeding up basic math facts. Reccomended for Grade 2+
It IS fast, work with flash cards with your child or else they will be discouraged in not playing this game with the math. Make sure your Graphics/Video Card is UPDATED with drivers, max-out on your memory too really helped.
This game works great on Windows 98 - it does require some tweaking - PLEASE read the Read Me file for solving them.
Now the downside - my husband had to upgrade our system to Win 2000 for his software, and Simon & Schuster does not have any patches for this game.
I emailed them and this was their reply:
Thank you for contacting Simon and Schuster Interactive Technical Support

Unfortunately, this program is not supported on NT or Windows 2000 which is an NT platform. Because of the driver structure of NT, very few programs that use video compression programs such as this one are even rated on NT. I think you would find that the problems would be solved if you installed the program on a 95/98/ME system.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to e-mail us or call the technical support number listed in the documents that came with our product.

Sincerely,
D. L. Monson
S&SI Tech Support ... Read more


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