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21. Finding Nemo
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22. Hello Kitty: Bubble Gum Girlfriends
$19.99 $19.84
23. Games Just For Boys 2
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24. American Idol
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25. Alphabet
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26. Nutcracker: The Music Game
$19.99 $17.59
27. Blue's Clues: Blue Takes You To
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28. MUSIC GAMES INTERNATIONAL Mozart's
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29. Disney's Princess Magical Dress-Up
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30. Funny Faces Deluxe
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31. Reader Rabbit Kindergarten 2005
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32. Standard Deviants: Jibberboosh
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33. Math Missions With Card Game (3rd
$9.99 $8.46
34. Strawberry Shortcake Amazing Cookie
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35. History Channel: Alamo
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36. Disney's The Little Mermaid 2
$8.86 list($19.99)
37. Hoyle Kids Games 2002
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38. Star Wars Episode I: The Gungan
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39. Jack The Ripper
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40. Jay Jay Earns His Wings

21. Finding Nemo
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Asin: B00007LZ1M
Catlog: Software
Publisher: THQ
Sales Rank: 157
Average Customer Review: 3.23 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

The stronger and more interesting of two games based on the movie, the eponymous Finding Nemo lets kids reunite father and son deep off the reef in Australia's waters. The game opens with Nemo and Marlin in their respective environments, the dentist's fish tank and the wild waters of the open sea. The two fish are linked by a small button at the bottom of the screen, and players can toggle between them as they complete various puzzles.

The game features all the original cast members, and in addition to classic lines from the film, they improvise new lines. Dory, voiced byEllen DeGeneres, is hilarious, and smaller characters--like Nemo's friends in the tank--get more time to show players their individual, funny personalities: clicking on each fish kicks off a short conversation. Although there's more watching than doing in the early stages of the games, Nemo fans will be enthralled. Later stages involve memory games, like following patterns while jumping on the backs of jellyfish. All the characters, including sharks and sea turtles, make extended appearances in Finding Nemo.

Like Nemo's Underwater World of Fun, this game has two primary issues: computer owners must pay close attention to system requirements (otherwise, movie scenes in playback stutter significantly) and gameplay itself lasts little more than an hour, if kids ace the tasks. Also, one caveat for education-minded parents: this game is clearly only for fun, not for--pardon the pun--schooling. But kids will need to look beyond the obvious to complete the tasks in this game, and it's the possibility for discovery that makes Finding Nemo well worth exploring.--Jennifer Buckendorff ... Read more

Reviews (30)

2-0 out of 5 stars The other version? Poor Quality Control Problem....
This is yet another pc game that could have been so good...The problem? Like the other 3 disney pc games we have, we had to go on-line to reconfigure our computer!!! It seems to be the SOUND that creates problems.

We bought the version for older kids, after reading the reviews here. Guess what? The voices for Nemo and others cannot be understood. It's as if someone put an old record on the wrong speed...high speed....everyone talks like the chipmunks! What we heard of the music and graphics however looked real good.

We're running these programs on windows XP and unable to get the program to work right out of the package, which is a real drag to an intelligent 5 year old and his mom! Bottom line, you probably have to go on line and get help to make the program work. OR you may have luck calling them...

With the exception of MULAN (has a great majonng game for kids...but you have to go on-line and learn HOW TO MAKE THE program work and reconfigure/disable a sound card or something like that....)We've sworn off of Disney pc games, at least for now....they're not worth the trouble.

1-0 out of 5 stars Misleading, disappointing, irritating waste of time!
The Nemo's Underwater World of Fun game disk enclosed in with the movie DVD, was a big disappointment. My young kids were very excited then very upset. Until I read user reviews here on AMAZON, I thought I had a malfunctioning game rather than a DEMO disk on which only 2 of the 6 activities were accessible, rendering the prizes unwinable and the main games unplayable. And one of the 2 accessible activities, the Tank Gang music maker, seems buggy! Neither the disk, its sleeve, nor the read-me file indicated that it was only a demo, so my exercise in futility began: I installed and reinstalled it. I called the Disney phone number only to find the voice menu options to be misdirected, and at Disney Interactive on-line found no help nor mention of the demo version. FINE DISNEY, so you don't want to give away a free game, but why waste your ad dollars on such a stunt? Guess what, I've not been enticed into buying the real game, just irritated into a resolution to spend NO money on Disney computer games! (It's not your fault THQ (the game designer) we still love you.) I'm Sooooo glad that wonderful PIXAR's contract with Disney is ending!!!

3-0 out of 5 stars My son likes it, I can't stand it
We bought this for our five-year-old, who loved the movie. Why is it that all Disney games turn into annoying (and cloying) lead-ins or promos for the movie? Why do we have to watch endless clips of it? The games seem kind of uneven (some way too hard, others too easy), and sometimes the software seems to get 'stuck' (we need to back out and repeat the objective to get it to work). I like THQ and their software in general, I've just noticed that anything Disney-related gets bogged down in their desire to "Plug the movie! Plug the products!" My son does like it when he plays it, but it's been used a LOT less than I had anticipated. Gets 3 stars for good graphic and audio quality, but I'd give the game itself a two.

1-0 out of 5 stars terrible
I bought the finding nemo software for my daughter today and I sincerely regret it. It is one of the worst games I have ever purchased. The games dont work. You get nowhere. I would advise everyone considering this game to just save your money. My daughter was excited to get it until we installed it and tryed playing it only to find out it is a lemon.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very cute
I just loved the movie, so naturally I bought the game. My sis and I have had these little, ummm...."problems" with games for kids 4+. We can't win them!! The older kid's games are easier. But that's what makes this game fun. I still can't win the "Surfin' With Crush" level though. "Nemo's Underwater World of Fun" actually has a story to it. Nemo wants to prove to his dad that he can move around just as well as any other fish. So Marlin sets up a "Super Swim Challenge" game, that will test Nemo's swimming skills. It goes from there in that you have to help Nemo win a certain number of "trophies" in each game in order to get up to level 5 in the Super Swim Challenge. After that, you can help Nemo prove to Marlin how good a swimmer he is. I love the games you can play. "Dory's Memory Match", "Surfin' With Crush", and "Tank Gang Sing-alongs" are just a few. Hope you have fun playing! I'm sure the kids will. ... Read more


22. Hello Kitty: Bubble Gum Girlfriends
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Asin: B0007U9BTO
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Valusoft
Sales Rank: 2449
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Product Description

Share a smile with Hello Kitty and her friends as you discover the fun and magic of Hello Kitty Cutie World. You will have hours of fun playing 8 games that take you from an ice cream shoppe up to the starry sky and everywhere in between! ... Read more


23. Games Just For Boys 2
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Asin: B00032IYH6
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Navarre(Software)
Sales Rank: 987
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24. 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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Amazon.com Product Description

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


25. Alphabet
list price: $19.99
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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


26. Nutcracker: The Music Game
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Asin: B0000DIVZC
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Music Games International
Sales Rank: 1339
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Features

  • PC musical game based on popular musical masterpiece and designed for children and adults of all ages.

27. Blue's Clues: Blue Takes You To School
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Asin: B0002H7ZAE
Catlog: Software
Publisher: MacSoft
Sales Rank: 1151
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Features

  • Have fun with Blue while discovering school is cool
  • 3 levels of learning for extended gameplay
  • Familiar songs from the TV series
  • Promotes creative expression through music and art
  • Ideal for children aged 3 to 6

28. MUSIC GAMES INTERNATIONAL Mozart's Magic Flute: The Magic Game ( Windows )

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Asin: B0009H9Q0Y
Catlog: Video Games
Manufacturer: Music Games International
Sales Rank: 9554
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Features

  • Features 8 great music games, 16 jigsaw puzzles, 9 twisted music riddles
  • Animated encyclopedia of musical instruments
  • The tale of the Magic Flute set to Mozart's classic music

29. Disney's Princess Magical Dress-Up
list price: $19.99
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Asin: B00006C25R
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Disney Interactive
Sales Rank: 719
Average Customer Review: 3.06 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Belle, Jasmine, and Ariel are your guides in Disney Princess Magical Dress-Up, a game that lets girls ages 5 and older play fashion designer with a vast range of princess dresses, hairstyles, and accessories. Players can design a model for the clothes on offer, choosing from a range of skin tones, body shapes, and hairstyles to create their inner princess. Alternately, they can create a new body and simply paste on a scanned photo of themselves.

Having constructed their model, girls can do a number of things--dress her up, search for more clothing and accessories in a trio of magical worlds, or paste finished ensembles into a sticker book. The last application allows you to literally insert yourself into animated scenery of Disney movies, creating pictures of yourself hobnobbing with characters from The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin.. Bright and relentlessly cheerful, the game urges girls to build pretty gown after pretty gown, complimenting their choices at every turn.

Burdened with an oversensitive installer and a balky interface, Disney Princess Magical Dress-Up never quite manages to overcome its flaws. Variations on this style of game abound, after all, hovering in an electronic netherworld between old-fashioned paper doll kits and more sophisticated makeover programs available to older girls. This particular version, though, has few things going for it. While it does allow players to design somewhat realistic princess models, its only real appeal lies in its three familiar characters and the recognizable aesthetic of its artwork. And even in this its scope is sadly limited, with no clothes on offer from the formidable collection of female villains in the Disney canon. Everything is very serious and very pretty, and girls wanting to build zany costumes--or even a reasonably varied wardrobe--may want to look elsewhere. --Alyx Dellamonica ... Read more

Reviews (16)

2-0 out of 5 stars Kinda boring...
I bought this game because I love the Little Mermaid and seeing Ariel on the box made me very happy. Sadly, there is not much Ariel in the game. The most you can do is put your princess model into Ariel scenes. I was hoping to put my model into Ariel's mermaid costume, but sadly, there are not many Ariel costume options (just the wedding dress and a pink one that she wears when she is human). All the costume are the classic 'ballgown' princess style, and most of them are ugly, as a matter of fact. I enjoyed putting my face onto these models, but I was disappointed that there were no costumes I really liked to put myself in. A waste of time; if buying this, like me, because you are a fan of Ariel, don't waste your money. Buy 'Ariel's Story Studio' or 'Little Mermaid 2 Activity Centre' instead.

3-0 out of 5 stars My daughter likes it - I don't
We checked this software out of the library, thank goodness. I'd be unhappy if we'd spent money on it.

My five year old enjoys playing with it but I suspect she will tire of it before it's due back at the library as there is really nothing to do. You can decorate your horse, decorate the show ring, and run around a track. That's about it.

There does not seem to be any educational value whatsoever unless you're trying to teach a child how to click a mouse.

1-0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointed Royal Horse Show
Don't give your money to Disney for the Royal Horse Show. I'd hardly call this a game, more precise it is a vehicle to promote Disney princess characters. And even the promotion gained from this was probably a waste for them as my daughter's interest in the limited activities wained quickly.

There are only 4 options to choose from.
1-decorate your horse (this is probably the most engaging feature for my daughter but she lost interest quickly as there seem to be dead end options - you are told that you can show your horse in the ring but no path to do so is ever provided)
2-decorate the royal horse ring (my daughter had no interest in this)
3-ride your horse around the ring (the view is awkward - the top of the horse's head blocks most of the picture)
4-in the craft cottage there are the most awkward features of all (an empty scrapbook which you fill with your escapades - this never caught on with my daughter, a growth chart [what this has to do with the game I have no idea and because her computer is not hooked up to a printer the option just caused the game to hang], a box for horse cards to collect [we are still not sure what this is] and the value of any of this is lost on me).

4-0 out of 5 stars Cute
My 4 yo can operate much of this game. I'd rate it more for a 6 yo though... not any older. It's fun to dress up the horses. Not really a learning game, just for fun.

4-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for my little Princess
I got this for my preschooler for Christmas and she is loving it! I love the fact that she can design the princess to look like herself or a friend or just about anyone! Designing the dress and jewelry is her favorite part, but she could go all day if I let her! This is definitely a gift that won't lose its appeal soon and also one that will grow with her!!! ... Read more


30. Funny Faces Deluxe
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Asin: B0007M69S8
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Fogware Publishing
Sales Rank: 3954
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31. Reader Rabbit Kindergarten 2005 (Jewel Case)

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Asin: B0007XOTSY
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: ENCORE / RIVERDEEP
Sales Rank: 4373
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Features

  • Children gain: Confidence, Creativity, and Inspiration

32. Standard Deviants: Jibberboosh (2pc)
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Asin: B00008DKNZ
Catlog: DVD
Sales Rank: 57344
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33. Math Missions With Card Game (3rd - 5th Grade)
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Asin: B0002ZUZN0
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Encore Software
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34. Strawberry Shortcake Amazing Cookie Party (Jewel Case)
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Asin: B00032IYGC
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Encore Software
Sales Rank: 1232
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35. History Channel: Alamo
list price: $29.99
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Asin: B0001NLOT2
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Activision
Sales Rank: 1143
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Play 8 battles that lead up to and include the battle of the Alamo
  • Exciting and engaging RTS gameplay with historical characters
  • Reference section with photos, timelines, and battle facts
  • 8 missions plus 3 secret "change history" missions
  • Zoom in and out of the playing field; 360-degree camera rotation

Reviews (1)

Another Alamo to Forget
To top it off - the Texans win the battle of the Alamo in the video game.
Despite the History Channel logo on the box there is no history in this video game. The Alamo backdrop could just as easily have zergs from StarCraft fighting Davy Crocket.
ALSO: the game is buggy and the controls are terrible.
The game does sell for a discounted price of 20 bucks but if you are an alamo fan save your money. ... Read more


36. Disney's The Little Mermaid 2 Return to the Sea
list price: $14.99
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Asin: B00006F2EM
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Disney Interactive
Sales Rank: 376
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Ariel returns to the sea with her curious daughter Melody in Disney's The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea. Kids join Ariel, Melody, Sebastian, and new hosts Tip and Dash on exciting adventures in the underwater world of Atlantica.

Five activity areas feature arcade play, music, and creative fun. Kids dive to daring depths with Melody and Sebastian in a hunt for precious gems. Choreograph underwater dances, sing along with a selection of sea-themed karaoke activities, and more. Three undersea environments and 15 levels keep kids challenged and entertained. Plus, the cool purse makes it easy to share the fun with a friend. ... Read more

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars My Girls Love It!!
My daughter received this for her fourth birthday and she plays with it everyday. It is also interesting enough that my 8 year-old also plays with it. I had to help the 4 year-old quite a bit in the first week or two, reinforcing where to click, how to get from screen to screen, etc., but she's able to navigate the program herself now. I wouldn't recommend it for younger than 4 though, it has a lot of features that can get confusing for the little ones. My 8 year-old uses the program to its full potential, making picture scenes with props, sounds and colors, choreographing characters in an acrobatic show, playing a "pac-man" style maze game starring Melody and playing a diving game as well. For the price, I was surprised that it had such good features and pretty straight forward directions and navigation. It's a hit at our house! ... Read more


37. Hoyle Kids Games 2002
list price: $19.99
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Asin: B00005MJ9J
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Sierra
Sales Rank: 727
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Childhood gaming chestnuts like Old Maid and Snakes & Ladders get sospiffed up on this CD-ROM, adults may find themselves indulging in these gameswhen the kids aren't busy with them. The multilevel appeal of Hoyle Kids'Games is best illustrated by their version of Hangman: not only can playershang 'em high in settings that range from the Wild West to a sandy beach, but atthe advanced level, the game throws players words like dysprosium.

There are 15 games to play on this Mac- and Windows-friendly disc, and up tofour players can compete at once. The standards are: Tic-Tac-Toe, Old Maid,Crazy 8s, War, Hangman, Snakes & Ladders, Chinese Checkers, Checkers, Go Fish,Battling Ships (similar to Battleship), and Memory Match (a.k.a. Concentration).New games include Bump 'Em (imagine Aggravation with cars and oil slicks),Placer Racer (an aiming game that requires spatial skills and strategy), TheMusic Game (hearing and repeating musical sequences), and Speedy Racer (type theletters that are rapidly falling out of the sky to save the houses of the ThreeLittle Pigs). In addition, this game has the best "build your own face" functionwe've ever seen. Realistic noses, eyes, and mouths coupled with arrow functionsthat allow players to stretch necks, slide mouths, and widen eye spacing turncharacter creation into engrossing mad-scientist fun. The characters the programprovides as opponents aren't too shabby either. Among them are Ethel the granny,Roswell the alien, and a pup named Pepper who whines, "This is worse thanobedience training!" when he's losing at War.

Technically, it's all here. Graphics are great, games can be interrupted fordinnertime and saved in mid-play, and nothing takes too long to load. An optionto play the game in a window allows use of the computer's other functions whilethis program runs. Folks who have forgotten how to play Checkers (you know whoyou are) will appreciate the many different helpers at the bottom of thescreen--they range from a genie who reads the rules out loud to various cop-out buttonsthat will give hints or do your next move for you. And, of course, upper-levelGo Fish players can get rid of the help bar, and simply immerse themselves inthe Zen of casting for the perfect card. (Ages 5 and older) --AnneErickson ... Read more

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Adults will love it too
This is a great computer game! My 3 year old loves to play "Battling Ships" and my 5 year olds favorites are "Go Fish" and "Placer Racer". The computer characters are fun to play with (we especially love Marvin) and you can also play against another real person at the computer. They list the appropriate ages for this product at 5-12 but I confess to sneaking a few games of "Chinese Checkers" by myself and enjoying a game of "Bump Em" with the kids. there are different levels of play from easy to very difficult to keep different age levels happy. Gotta have this one!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful CD
I have bought a number of Hoyle CDs since they began coming out with this type of game compilation. This one I play with my duaghter who is two but she likes trying to figure out the games. She does like Tic Tac Toe and Crazy eights though she can't understand what she is suposed to do yet.
I liked the characters that play the game with you. I think they are friendly and not too irriating like some of the Hoyle personalities in other games.
I like the format of how you choose the games; where it is like your bedroom and you click on the shelf to pick something. That is how Hoyle used to configure their games till you got so many one one cd. They increased how many games were on the CD each year.
Bump "em is like Aggravation. It is my favorite game; better than Parchisi. I like how they make games seem whimsical like using frogs as Checker pieces; using a goldfish to make Xs and Os for Tic Tac Toe; using little men to climb a treehouse for Snakes and Ladders.
The games are kid friendly but they are classics that grownups can enjoy playing even when the kids aren't around. I think that board games teach kids things like rules, strategy, counting, and cause and effect. So this is a good way of teaching kids how to play and master these games.

5-0 out of 5 stars THIS IS GREAT!
I BOUGHT THIS CD FOR WHEN MY GRANDCHILDREN COME TO VISIT. THEY HAVE ALL GIVEN A "THUMBS UP" TO IT. I PLAYED EACH GAME WHEN IT FIRST GOT HERE SO I COULD SHOW THEM HOW. I NEED NOT HAVE BOTHERED! IT IS SO EASY TO LEARN THE CONTROLS AND BUTTONS. THE KIDS HAD A LOT OF FUN MAKING THEIR OWN FACES. I WOULD RECOMMEND TO ANYONE! ... Read more


38. Star Wars Episode I: The Gungan

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Asin: B00004XOKK
Catlog: Software
Publisher: LucasArts Entertainment
Sales Rank: 5802
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Good but not the best
I like the item it is eazy to use well programed and you will like it ... Read more


39. Jack The Ripper
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Asin: B0000A345K
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Dreamcatcher Interactive
Sales Rank: 3093
Average Customer Review: 2.93 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • A thrilling investigative experience with the illusive and deadly Jack the Ripper
  • Exploration, inventory-based gameplay with a suspenseful storyline
  • A mass-appeal theme based on true historical events
  • Virtools Engine allows for special effects and detailed graphics
  • Numerous puzzles of varying complexity--environmental, tactile, auditory

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3-0 out of 5 stars Ehhh.
Goodness, I never had a game that gave me so much trouble (on a new system, too), and my time and effort was not even worth it.

First of all, the system requirements are much more than what is put on the box. It's kind of bad when you have tech support state system requirements that are higher than the "recommended" requirements on the box! For those that have problems, you either have to update your graphics card, shut down all your start up programs, or update your DirectX. This will not solve ALL your problems (because there are bugs in the game), but it's a good start.

Okay, quick summary: You play a reporter, trying to get a story for your irritating editor about some mysterious deaths that echo the Jack The Ripper cases back in London years ago. But as you do your own investigation, you have to decide if your life (as well as others) is worth the story of a lifetime. This game is a mystery, so there is lots of interviews, snooping, and collecting objects. The game box states "challenging puzzles", but there were only about 3-4 puzzles (and most of the time you can just click everything to get it right). The cursor was annoying and sometimes did not work for me many times.

The ending was a big disappointment. It was somewhat clever but irritating with no resolution whatsoever. The songs that the "Irish Nightingale" sing in the game I did enjoy to an extent.

This game is 20 bucks, but I would wait until it reaches ten dollars-or less. Too many bugs (major to minor) and nothing new nor stellar about the plot and game play. It's not like I had high hopes for this game, but I would think that it would be less buggy and more interesting than what I have encountered. Wait for a sale for this one.

3-0 out of 5 stars An OK Game
I think this game is just OK. I don't think it's as bad as everyone is saying it is. I love adventure games, even though I am not that good at them. I usually end up looking at walkthroughs like 10 times in one game. But this game was so easy, I didn't have to look once. There's only like 3 puzzles. The Nancy Drew games for younger girls are even much more complicated. The graphics were kind of outdated. The game was short. I did like the story, the bad ending doesn't matter that much to me. I'm in it more for the gameplay, which was good. There are lots of places to go, and lots of characters to interact with. It was more like an interactive movie than a real hard adventure game.

2-0 out of 5 stars What the...?
The game has an interesting story, and the setup as a writer who is on the ripper's trail is pretty good.

However, the game's technology is outdated, and its implementation overly buggy. Also, the gameplay itself is extremely dull. But I played through it all because the whole "Jack the Ripper" story kinda intrigues me anyway. Now I do not want to spoil the game for you by telling you the ending, but really, there simply isn't much to spoil. It was not worth it at all.

This is one of those games with a real story. It makes you wish that there were more games with a story like this. But then you realize how bad this is actually implemented and you kinda lose hope for the whole genre...

If I were you, I'd steer clear.

2-0 out of 5 stars Dull, But Playable
New York, 1901: the seedy "Lowside" disctrict is rocked by a series of killings that resemble the London "Jack the Ripper" murders twelve yearas before. You play James Palmer, a young reporter for the New York Today. Your boss assigns you to cover the crimes and produce a series of articles that will regain sales lost to your paper's competitor. When your articles start receiving attention, you begin to hear from the killer, himself. Can you trace the hints he drops and prevent another murder?

_Jack the Ripper_ (JTR) is the kind of game that will be familiar to Adventure Purists: one with many fine points, one that has incredible potential to be remarkable, but one that had obviously no been given the time or attention to rise above the mediocre. It's perfectly playable--mildly entertaining, even. But when game developers complain that Adventure doesn't sell, they need look no farther than games like this to find the cause. JTR is boring. I personally don't think that games need lots of action, threats, and timed sequences to be exciting-and, except for one, you won't find them here. But neither do you find very many interesting puzzles, engaging characters, inspiring conversations, great locations, or much of a plot.

The game has its good points. The graphics are nice. The music is actually superb. The navigation and gameplay are smooth and easy. The voice acting isn't bad. The structure is well thought-out. But there just isn't enough going on. Each "day" of the game presents you with certain tasks, and I always was surprised when the day came to an end; I never felt like I had actually done anything. Part of this was because the puzzles were so very easy. Ninety percent were conversation; the rest were a smattering of incredibly simplistic mechanical and inventory, with one timed activity. I had downloaded the U-Hints file for this game, but the only time I ever looked at it was at the end, when I thought, "Is that IT???" In general, I found the puzzles so unchallenging that at one point I resorted to translating a book in French that my character found, just for something to do.

There are numerous red herrings in this game--threads that turn into nothing, places you can go where nothing happens. I suppose this is a realistic representation of investigative journalism, but I found it tiresome. There was also a strange plot element involving a raven and what seemed to be psychic phenomena that was never explained at all.

I disliked the save-game feature. This gave you a limited number (16, I think) of spaces to save thumbnails of your game in progress. 16 slots were about half the number I wanted, and the thumbnails were so small you couldn't tell what they represented. As your game was saved by time and date only, with no opportunity to label them for yourself, this was an irritation.

JTR was also pretty glitchy, particularly in the early portion of the game. Several cutscenes did not run properly and had to be skipped out of. Conversations overlapped and the navigational cursor sometimes didn't appear. Once the game crashed entirely--good thing I had just saved!

The ending of JTR is a disappointment. I realise that the real Jack the Ripper was never verufiably identified, so it would have been going out on a limb to identify him here. But I would have preferred that to what I got. The way the game ended was like the rest of it: wimpy and without challenge.

This game took me about 15 hours to complete, playing a couple hours a night. It was mildly entertaining, as I said. But probably better to wait for the jewel case release.

4-0 out of 5 stars This game was pretty good
This game was pretty good, there was one gorey part, not that scary. I did like the music for it though. I liked the ending song that Abigail sings. It is a little bit of a dark game and sometimes it is hard to see what you are doing. Very exciting though. I liked the game overall. ... Read more


40. Jay Jay Earns His Wings
list price: $9.99
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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


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