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101. Extreme Fun (Mac)
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102. Fisher-Price: Little People Discovery
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103. I Spy Spooky Mansion
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104. Educator's Choice 3rd & 4th
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105. Grade 6 Advanced Planet Version
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106. Reader Rabbit Playtime for Baby
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107. Clifford The Big Red Dog Thinking
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108. Emergency Room Collector's Edition
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109. Disney's Ready For Reading And
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110. Playhouse Disney The Wiggles,
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111. SET:The Computer Game
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112. Big Bang Board Games (Mac)
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113. BLIZZARD Diablo 2: Lord Of Destruction
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114. Emperor's Mahjong (Mac)
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115. MTX Mototrax (Mac)
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116. XIII (Mac)
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117. Alphabet
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118. Aliens Versus Predator 2 (Mac)
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119. Lost Mind Of Dr Brain 3
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120. The Sims Expansion: Hot Date (Mac)

101. Extreme Fun (Mac)
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Asin: B0000E1RSK
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Aspyr Media
Sales Rank: 4586
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102. Fisher-Price: Little People Discovery Airport
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Asin: B000068OD8
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Fisher-Price
Sales Rank: 1557
Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Children ages 2 to 4 join their favorite Little People friends for a day of fun and learning at the Little People Discovery Airport. Players visit the control tower, help sort suitcases onto planes, learn about the weather, and even build and paint a new airplane! Five activities teach colors, shape and number recognition, differentiation skills, spatial relationships, and logic. The Little People characters and Pilot Paula will keep children busy for hours as they encourage imaginative thinking and curious exploration. Together they will discover an airport full of fun and wonder. ... Read more

Reviews (9)

5-0 out of 5 stars Creative & intellectually stimulating
Intended especially for preschool children ages 2 to 4, Little People Discovery Airport a creative, intellectually stimulating, and very highly recommended educational software package that helps teach preschool through first grade children about colors, shapes, sizes, number recognition, spatial relationships, cause and effect, and more. The playful and multi-ethnic child characters featured add warmth and appeal. With five different activities, multiple difficulty levels, printable activity Fun Pages, and a colorful and friendly setting, Little People Discovery Airport is a quality experience to share at home, during day care, or in preschool. The teacher edition contains a CD-ROM for use on two computers; also available for this title are a lab pack ($149.95), a site license ($325.00), and an add-on licence ($10.00).

5-0 out of 5 stars Great first game
My son recieved this when he was 2 1/2 as a gift. It was one of his first games and he ,one year later, still plays this game on a daily basis. He sings the song at the beginning, loves making the airplane and seeing it fly across the screen and enjoys the animals. I highly recommend this game.

4-0 out of 5 stars stable, sunny software for preschoolers
This software installs easily and is very stable. A main screen shows five Little People characters at work; each one leads to an activity -- sorting luggage to be loaded on the plane (three difficulty levels vary in sorting by color, shape or multiple features); putting animals in carriers (levels vary by relying on simple number recognition, counting or identifying numbers verbally); designing, building, painting and decorating an airplane; using arrow keys to navigate mazes that vary in complexity; and matching airplanes that vary by one, two or verbally-identified features.

Kids are fascinated by planes and airports, and this software keys in to those activities little ones find of interest. Happy songs, friendly characters, and cute puppies and kittens will charm your child, though the game is probably not challenging enough to hold their interest for hours of play. Our toddler enjoys playing this occasionally but gets bored after a time and puts it away for awhile before wanting to see it again. Despite a lack of overall challenge, there are a couple of very nice touches: in level 3 of the luggage sorting, the child determines which of multiple features will determine the sets; after a child has built and designed an airplane, it appears flying across the sky whenever the main screen is visited; and the child's name appears on a banner being pulled behind an airplane.

Pros: easy navigation, stability, multiple difficulty levels, printable activities, lots of positive feedback

Cons: no keyboard volume control, no written instructions, confusing sign-in, not entirely engaging, maybe a bit too much positive feedback

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for 2.5 year old new computer user
This is a great program. This is my two and a half year old daughter's favorate along with reader rabbit preschool. She has about ten games and these two hold her interest and she can play them by herself with no help. She got a computer for Christmas so is very new to computing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Supplement to the Little People Discovery Airport Toy
I bought this for my 4 year old twins and my 2 year old little girl. I also bought them the Little People Discovery Airport Playset for Christmas. The twins love to play the games on the computer and then go play with the playset. The computer games gives them ideas for play. My 2 year old can't handle the mouse, but she loves to watch her brothers play. They games are pretty easy for my twins, but they still like to play them. If your kids love Little People, they will like this game. ... Read more


103. I Spy Spooky Mansion
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Asin: B00009WO4M
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Scholastic
Sales Rank: 1495
Average Customer Review: 4.42 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

With brain-teasing graphics and puzzling riddles to solve, this spooky addition to the I Spy series will keep elementary-agestudents occupied for hours at a time. A skeleton host rewards players with a secret message puzzle piece upon successful completion of each riddle. Those clever enough to collect all the pieces can solve the bigger fun house mystery.

With ten different rooms ranging from an inventor's laboratory to a library--and text that is written entirely in rhyme--the world created here is utterly absorbing. No matter how many times you explore a room, there's always new details and creepy clickables you hadn't seen before. Particularly well done is the attic, where you can explore in the dark with only a flashlight to light your way.In the study, you can even create your own riddles to send to your printer!

This software concentrates on critical-thinking skills,problem-solving abilities, and acute observational techniques that are centered around a mansion. This software takes a well-loved series to a whole new level--it's perfect for the die-hard fan or as the first member of what we're sure will become a large I Spy collection. --Jill Lightner ... Read more

Reviews (33)

5-0 out of 5 stars A Family Favorite
My son is only three and a half, so my husband bought the game with the intention of saving it until our son was older. I got it out for him, and even though it is rated for ages 6-10, it is one of our son's favorites. Given that he can't read, I had to help him at first, but once I showed him where to click to get the riddles read to him, he could play independently (for hours on end). I keep two different user files -- one of a completed game so that he can make all seven ghosts (which requires completing the game); and one uncompleted, so when he completes puzzles the skeleton gives him new puzzle pieces. Other reviewers said that the game was not interesting once played through, but we have not found that to be the case. Our son was _more_ interested in the repetition once he'd got the hang of it. Also, of all the games we have, this is the most pleasant and interesting for the adult helping the child.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great education and entertainment value
My son had loved the "I Spy Junior" game so I thought he might enjoy trying this challenge, recommended for ages 6-10. He's 5 but a very strong visual learner with great memory skills. The beauty of this game is it not only plays to his strengths but encourages building lesser skills with words on many levels. My favorite aspects: beautifully detailed graphics, a fun laboratory animation with 7 ghost experiments, and the concentration games which are a challenge at many levels. You get the sense that the creators enjoyed making this product. I find the best children's computer games (eg. Learning Company's Cat in the Hat series) reach parents as well making shared learning opportunities a joy!

4-0 out of 5 stars My students enjoy it!
I am a pediatric occupational therapist who used this game as a fun way to develop eye-hand coordination, visual perception, thinking, and reading skills. They were so motivated! Unfortunately after you "win" the game that is all there is; not another more challenging level to explore.

3-0 out of 5 stars Spooky Mansion...unrevisited!
Santa brought this game for my 6 yr. old for Christmas. She and I and her 3 1/2yr. old brother opened it the day after Christmas. It is very interesting with 10 rooms to explore and 26 riddles to decipher. After completing each riddle, you're given a piece to the final puzzle which in turn instructs you how to finally get out of the mansion. My daughter stuck with it for the first 13 riddles, and suprisingly my 3yr. old wanted to keep playing until the end. We received the "certificate of completion" that very day. When we signed back on to play a "new game", we were soooo disappointed - there isn't any new game. Same 26 riddles to solve. We'll have to wait a year or so, in the hopes that we'll forget where everything is. (Or just give it to all our neighbors, family, shool chums etc.). Obviously, the I Spy books have limitations, but the software could and should give many additional games/levels.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very clever
Purchased for my grandson's 5th birthday. Incredibly clever, well designed, plays without a hitch on iMac. He played for over 2 hours the first time out of the box and is still loving it. The adults are fighting over a turn. ... Read more


104. Educator's Choice 3rd & 4th Grade Excelerator (Jewel Case)
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Asin: B000067G21
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 498
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Amazon.com Product Description

Designed for third and fourth graders, ages 8 to 12, this two-CD-ROM set teaches kids everything they need to know to put them at the head of their class. It features the Awesome Animated Monster Maker Math and Step into Reading & Creative Writing titles. With eye-catching graphics, lively music, and captivating animation, these titles transform learning about reading, creative writing, and math into an adventure. Filled with more than 50 stories and poems as well as interactive math lessons and even a dictionary and spell checker, 3rd & 4th Grade Excelerator will provide your child with an excellent learning experience. ... Read more


105. Grade 6 Advanced Planet Version 1.4
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Asin: B0000691KG
Catlog: Software
Publisher: The Learning Company
Sales Rank: 768
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Dig deep into sixth grade skills on a mystery-solving adventure in the empire of the plant people. Go underground to find the missing ClueFinders, and take on an army of mutant plant warriors to save the town above from certain doom. Kids will need all their smarts to tackle this title's tricky challenges. From cleaning up toxic pollutants to building bridges, every activity brings kids closer to solving this underground mystery, while mastering essential sixth grade skills.

Explore 15 interactive games and exercises designed for kids, ages 10 to 12 and older. Build more than 150 key sixth grade skills in math, language, science, social studies, and problem solving. Four levels of difficulty and a variety of tricky challenges keep ClueFinders 6th Grade Adventures 2002: Empire of the Plant People fun and fresh. Detailed help features guide kids throughout, and built-in progress reports help parents navigate their child's learning fun.

In addition, an all-new for 2002 bonus CD-ROM doubles the mystery and clue-finding fun. In ClueFinders: Mystery Mansion Arcade, our adventurers are lured into a spooky mansion by an ingenious mastermind and his four villainous henchmen. Kids help the ClueFinders escape by choosing the best ClueFinder for each arcade-style hazard. Speed through the Ultimate Deep-Dish Pizza Skate Park, stay cool through the High-Voltage Circuit Zone, and much more. ... Read more

Reviews (6)

4-0 out of 5 stars The Clue to Making Learning Fun
I purchased Cluefindes 3rd Grade Adventures about 6 weeks ago, and since have watched my child use it to completion. She has played it 4 times and will probably play it again in the future. In the meantime, she has moved onto the 4th grade game.

Setting up the game is pretty easy, and the directions are clear. Starting up is a cinch as well. You have the options of taking the test drive which is a placement test. It is not as much fun as the actual game, but it is not too boring either and it gets the child started at a challenging level. The first time my child "played" it she started at the beginners level, and finished it in two days. The second time, I set it to level two and it took her a week to complete. The third time I had her do the test drive. This is where the real value came in.

When she started the game on the lowest levels she was basically reviewing what she had learned the previous year, which is a good thing. But, when she played the game after the placement test, she was truly challenged to learn more. I never imagined in a million years that a child would follow me around begging to be taught long division. She could not cross a bridge in the game without being able to divide. So I taught her and she practiced and cemented the skill by playing the game.

As a homeschooler leaning towards self directed learning, I found this game to be invaluable. It gives me the freedom to wait for a child to be ready to learn a skill while at the same time ensuring that such comes quickly through constant challenges. After all, the best time to teach a child a skill is when they want to learn it. This game provided that want for me.

This game does not teach skills your child must know, but provides challenges. The way I use it is to wait for a challenge to be presented, and then teach that child whatever they need to succeed and overcome that challenge.

The only problems I had with this software is that each time the child finished the game, they had to start again with a new member name, it would not let us back into the game as the same person. This did allow me to compare the membernames records to check for progress which was evident.

If you purchase the 2 cdrom version of this game, with the personalized learning center, you will be able to print worksheets according to your childs strengths and weaknesses and to see where the child needs more practice. You will also be able to spot where your child may be gifted.

The personalized learning center disc, however is not formulated to give a child a "grade" based on how well the child did in the program, but to show progress over time. Therefore, If you are a homeschooler and grades are important to you, you will want to "test" the child separately perhaps using the worksheets or making up your own exams.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great teaching game
We are a homeschooling family. I bought this game along with the fourth grade and fifth grade versions for my nine year old. She sailed through the other two, but found this one challenging. It is great for reinforcing math, introduces chemistry, addresses the pollution problem, history, spelling, vocabulary and reading comprehension. There is a level selection area in which you can choose how hard or easy the game is, but this is also handy for letting parents know where your child may need some help in or where they excel. It has a practice mode where the child can just do the activities without having to play the game. I found this great for reinforcing some of those areas my daughter needed more help in.
Even though my daughter has finished all three games, she still plays these.

5-0 out of 5 stars Never Too Old To Play!!
It's great I'm 14 going on 15 in a month but I don't care
because that doesn't stop me from having fun. It's the greatest game. I've only played the 3rd and 4th grade one but they're still and always be my favorite software. If you've never played any of these games and you love computer games; buy this then even if you're older then me. Who cares? Just remember HAVE FUN!!! You won't regret it!!!!!!!!!!!!

P.S. Could you make one for 10th graders or do you already?

Thank You

5-0 out of 5 stars Cluefinders 6th Grade Adventures
This product provides an excellent source for preparation or reinforcement of what a 6th grader is expected to know. Players are put into a mystery situation where they have to solve clues in order to figure out the answers. Various aspects of the 6th grade curriculum are covered, and the computer adjusts for the skill level of the player, making the games increasingly more challenging. Areas covered include logical thinking, mathematics, science, geography, social science, and language arts. The games are fun, and since they get progressively harder as the student masters a skill, they do not get boring. At times the transition time from one activity to the next can be a bit long, and instructions are repetitive, but this seemed to bother adults more than children; this should not deter the buyer, however, as the positive aspects of this game far outweigh the negatives. Graphics and sound are excellent, and help includes a map and a reference section. Levels can be set manually, or the program can be adjusted to automatically determine when to advance to the next level as a skill is mastered. On the whole this is an excellent product, and a great way to make learning fun. Highly Recommended. Reviewer is a teacher and a librarian.

4-0 out of 5 stars Cool
This game is fun and VERY educational... I even forgot I was
learning while playing it! The games are fun and have different levels, so if one level is too easy you may make is
harder and more challenging. It explains the mini-game
and how to play. The charactors are click-able and they seem to talk and help you throughout the whole game.
You meet cool alien type things, and in order to survive, you must figure out the answer to the mini-games.
The backround music is pretty cool, but it may get annoying
you can turn off the music, too! before you begin the game, it shows a mini movie of what's happening and it tells about
your mission.I love this game! ... Read more


106. Reader Rabbit Playtime for Baby and Toddler
list price: $19.99
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Asin: B00005LJEM
Catlog: Software
Publisher: The Learning Company
Sales Rank: 460
Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

It had to happen: software is now being bundled for your little bundleof joy. Reader Rabbit Playtime for Baby & Toddler will never be asubstitute for the tactile joys of real life, but this software does manage tocapture infants' and toddlers' attention with bright, happy images and a formatthat responds well to chubby, not-so-coordinated hands.

In Playtime for Baby, a game of tag between Reader Rabbit and Mat theMouse ends with Mat hiding in a toy box. With Mat's help, each of the 10 toys inthe box leads the baby into a new experience: singing, manipulating shapes,playing hide-and-seek, discovering body parts, reading storybooks, and (oh joy!)rummaging in drawers to make music. Your baby controls the action by hitting anykey on the keyboard (or just hitting the keyboard, as they are wont to do) orsimply moving the mouse. No clicks are required. The cursor is a big fat starthat leaves a trail of twinkles. Brushing it against an object onscreen willelicit anything from a childlike giggle to a kerplunk to the appropriateanimal noise.

The only critique of this CD is that the artwork is simplistic. It would be niceto see more depth and smoother movement, if only to make the program moreenjoyable for the adults who must guide their babies through it. Other thanthat, by developing cupboards with no locks, personalized storybooks with pagesthat don't rip, and farm animals willing to engage in endless games ofhide-and-seek, the creators of Playtime for Baby have managed to tap into a baby'swildest dreams.

Playtime for Toddler has a lusher look than Playtime for Baby.Again, mouse movements or keyboard pokes inspire action in nine activities thatinclude things that send most toddlers into fits of joy. One of the better gamesis Bubble Castle, where your toddler "pops" bubbles with animals in them, andthe freed creatures gallop into a castle and peep from the windows. This simplepayoff engaged one 2-year-old tester for many minutes, shouting "Bye-bye,animal!" each time she liberated a critter. Pop and Play Place teaches matchingand music as toddlers activate three jack-in-the-boxes until whatever pops outmatches, upon which they are rewarded with a song ("We are mice, we are nice. Wesay please when we want cheese!"). In Follow Me Theater, Reader Rabbit acts outhand-motion hits like "Eensy Weensy Spider" and "I'm a Little Teapot." Otheractivities include a puzzle and color tutorial called Sky Shapes; PeekabooJungle, where kids investigate animal noises with a flashlight cursor; a MusicalMeadow; an ABC Train that teaches letters with the help of slick animation andaudio; and Baby Basket Bingo, a cute bit of business that requires toddlers toreunite baby animals with their parents based on the tiny roar or peep thatcomes from the creature hidden in the basket. Rainbow Rock is the only loser inthe bunch, a coloring program that doesn't even attempt to teach colors.

One of the best features of Playtime for Toddler is that younger babiescan bang on the keyboard and automatically get "correct" results, while olderones can use the mouse to drag the cursor in a mode that involves more trial anderror. Both options are available at once; no settings need to be changed.Clicking does nothing here, which may puzzle some tykes who have alreadydiscovered that clicking gets results in grownup programs. Overall, this is adecent bundle for babies, with Playtime for Toddler being the stronger,more realistic offering of the two. (Ages 1 to 3) --Anne Erickson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent educational program!
I bought Reader Rabbit Baby and Toddler for my son when he was about 15 months. He's been using it for 6 months and still loves it! There are so many different activities; we haven't even gotten to all of them yet. He has a few other CD's - but still loves "Mat the Mouse" best!

The program focuses on the basics and seems to emphasize "child interaction". For example, one of the activities is a coloring book. An outlined drawing comes on the screen (fish, dinosaurs, frog and an elephant in a boat, etc.) and my son colors in the drawing just by moving the mouse back and forth. He was able to do this very early on, but still loves the activity. Once drawn in, my son is rewarded when the drawing "comes to life". For example, the frog and elephant sing Row, Row, Row Your Boat.

The author has also done an excellent job with extras. I can print out each of the drawings individually (to be colored in with crayons) - so my son doesn't have to be sitting in front of the computer to play the game. He clearly associates the printed pages with the online game - feels like a two-for-one!

The program was easy to install (Windows 2000 Pro) and we have not had any trouble using the program. From an educational standpoint, he has learned everything from music, counting and colors/shapes to sing-a-long's and animals (there are 3 different activities with animals!). One of the best activities is a sing-a-long of Intsy-Winsty Spider, I'm a Little Teapot, Wheels on the Bus and others - simply awesome!

Highly recommended from a dad and his son after six months of use!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best First Computer Program For Any Child
This is an amazing product. My 2-year old took hold of the mouse for the first time 10 days ago and hasn't let go since. During that time he has mastered every game on the CD, requiring some rather complicated matching and sorting, as well as precision mouse movements that I didn't think he was capable of. Since the activities as well as the main menu are all "click-free," my son has been free to roam and explore at his own pace -- his Dad and I haven't lifted a finger to help him. As a result, he has grown increasingly more interested in the increasingly more complicated activities. (We have probably shot 1 hour of video of this boy using the program and screaming with delight as he discovers a new ability)! More amazing still, the strides he's made with these games have translated into a greater sense of confidence and "control over his environment" away from the computer as well. I would recommend this program to any parent!

5-0 out of 5 stars they'll catch right on
my sweetie will be 2 in 4 weeks. she loves "rabbit". begs for him!!! it took less than 3 sessions for her to "get" the mouse skills...now she is learning to click as well...
good starter program.

5-0 out of 5 stars A program that grows with your kids!
I like this program because it is easy for small ones to use. I have a 20 month old and a 4.5 year old. They both love this game.

1-0 out of 5 stars I've seen better
I have to say, I let my son since before he was walking to play on my old 586 133 computer. After having the Fisher Price Keyboard and three stage game, I was very dissappointed with this game. First off, it says it only needs DirectX 4 but it comes with DirectX 7 which would not install on the machine. One must have an updated computer to run this game, or have a copy of DirectX 4 lying around. Now since my son has been using a computer for as long as he has, he has learned that keys do different things and every key has an association with the Fisher Price game, and in general computer usage. With this game, everything is controlled. The key strokes do commands that the program wants to run, and completes tasks FOR the child rather than initiating them to complete the task by pressing the correct buttons. My son gets bored with this game since it doesn't matter what key he presses it does what the program wants to do, not what my son wants to try, and the game stops and sings and won't let him do anything. My son is used to more control. The Fisher Price game actually associates the letter A with the letter A for example, so I believe he is actually learning more from a straight keyboard than this game. My son is now 20 months old. When we got this game he was 18 months old, and he was off and away on the Fisher Price keyboard at 13 months. I was looking for another game just as good if not better, or more interactive to help him grow, but I would rather see an old fashion typing game that teaches him the letters on the keyboard or something more interactive that lets him control the game, not the game controlling him.

And according to the system requirements my computer should be able to run the game, but I am still having a hard time finding DirectX get the computer game to run :( ... Read more


107. Clifford The Big Red Dog Thinking Adventures
list price: $19.99
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Asin: B00007M9T1
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Scholastic
Sales Rank: 51
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Before Clifford's birthday celebration can start, Emily Elizabeth has to plan out 18 different activities -- everything from taking Clifford to the Dog Groomers to going to the Post Office
  • They'll have fun helping Emily find her missing jewelry while sorting, counting and matching
  • They'll also get to bake a cake, play a soccer game, and much more
  • Adjustable skill levels
  • Ages 4-8

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars LOVE it!
This is the best of the games I've recently purchased for my 4 year old. It's an adventure game in which the player must search various locations for specific items, people or tasks. Within most locations, there are little games the child must play to find the item in question.

The thing I really like about this game compared to some others: There are only a handful of locations and there is a map the child can access at any time to jump to the desired location. This makes game play soooooo much faster. As soon as I got the package open, my son took off with it and required no intervention from me to complete the game. He really enjoys playing it even now that he knows all of the "answers".

5-0 out of 5 stars Clifford entertains!
My 4 & 5 year old daughters have been playing this one for a year now. It has never hit the bottom of the CD game pile! It is fun, while it teaches - which is the best part! You search for 4 jewels while you try to get things done for Clifford's party. There are games along the way as well as thinking adventures. One game involves sorting grocery items into their correct places on the shelves - which helps teach counting and spatial skills. There are plenty of activities to keep your child busy, and teach them something too! I highly recommend this one! Who doesn't love Clifford! "Woof!"

5-0 out of 5 stars Play, play, and play again
My three year old daughter loves to play this game over and over again. She plays by herself now, only needing help the first couple of times she played. It has a lot of activities to keep her busy and she has a blast playing. It's definitely one of the best computer games she has.

5-0 out of 5 stars Watch your child learn
Our son started playing this game when he was three and loved every minute of it. The game "teaches" logic and computer skills in the context of a story rather than with the curriculum of games like Reader Rabbit and Jump Start (nothing against those products, this is just different). Even though he has finished the game many times and understands the order in which you need to do things, our son likes to play the game over and over. I particularly liked a sorting game that requires the child to clean up the grocery shelves and put matching items on the shelf that has the correct number of spaces. We have given this game as a gift and would do so again.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good for hours and hours
This is a little-kid adventure game which is similar in nature to big-people adventure games like Myst, but obviously much more simplified.
My 3 year old daughter loves this game. She needed some help when she first started playing, but now she can go to the computer, start the program, and play all by herself. She has solved the adventure many times and she still has fun with it. We have gotten many hours of enjoyment out of this game. ... Read more


108. Emergency Room Collector's Edition
list price: $19.99
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Asin: B00005MEMP
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Activision
Sales Rank: 4532
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (3)

4-0 out of 5 stars Don't listen to the negative reviews
This game is a little challenging, but what would be the point of playing if it wasn't? It's a little slow on my dinosaur computer but that was expected. If you read the charts on the walls (CMEs) the game is a lot less challenging. The game is almost impossible without reading the charts. I love disaster strikes and life or death, they are my faves. ER2 leaves a little to be desired, but it's older and different. The game is fun and makes you work hard and think. It's fun inserting IVs and drawing blood. This game is a must have if you want to be in the medical professions in the future. I am 16 and am not an video game player, so I'm a beginner at any kind of game, so if I can do this than probably any one with a little experience with games can.

1-0 out of 5 stars One of the Stupidest games.
These games are stupid. NOT FUN AT ALL. They are hard and you barely know how to do the operation. Don't buy this game. Only buy it if you have lots and lots of patience and if you want to be a doctor.

4-0 out of 5 stars Okay If You Like Alot Of Action
I liked these games but they didn't really work very good on my computer. They keep shutting off themself so I never really got to play a full game of any of them. What I got to play was really fun but I wish I could figure out what was wrong and play the whole entire game. ... Read more


109. Disney's Ready For Reading And Math With Pooh
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Asin: B0000A10N5
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Disney Interactive
Sales Rank: 702
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • In Ready To Read, kids will enjoy great word activities while exploring the Hundred Acre Wood
  • As they visit with Piglet, Tigger & the rest, they'll learn about rhyming, sentence construction, word recognition, problem solving, and deductive reasoning
  • In Ready for Math, kids will enjoy seven activities that test their numerical skills
  • They'll develop important skills like counting, number tracing, arrange sequences and more
  • Kids will be rewarded by getting seeds and watching them grow -- they'll love it!

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars The 3 kids love it!
We have three children ages 3, 3, and 5. All of them love it and I even enjoy taking a turn or two :). The games teach excellent skills for school and stress math and reading in a fun and interesting way. The kids love earning items to be put in their garden and contraptions to be added to their treehouse. We have to set the timer so everyone gets a turn.
I highly recommend Disney's Ready for Reading and Math with Pooh. ... Read more


110. 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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Reviews (6)

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


111. SET:The Computer Game

our price: $19.99
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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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Amazon.com Product Description

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

Reviews (2)

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


112. Big Bang Board Games (Mac)
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Asin: B0006AAO8C
Catlog: Video Games
Manufacturer: Freeverse Software
Sales Rank: 5515
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Freeverse's ultimate addition to the Deluxe Board Games
When the Deluxe Board Games was the best there could be, the Big Bang Board Games! It uses the iChat application to play 7 (I think) fantastic games. With the click of a button you can send your "game key" to anyone on your buddy list. Even if your friend dosen't have it, you can send the whole game to him/her with the click of another button. The games are great and the interface is amazing. The backround music is very pretty. Overall, this game is completely worth it. ... Read more


113. BLIZZARD Diablo 2: Lord Of Destruction (Windows / Mac)

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Asin: B000098XJQ
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Blizzard
Sales Rank: 5300
Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • In this chapter, we find that Baal, one of Diablo's underlings, escaped your wrath originally, and is now terrorizing the world of Sanctuary
  • Travel thorugh the sinister and foreboding wilderness of Sanctuary, rendered beautifully
  • Meet with other characters and get them to join you on your quest -- no bribes are needed now, as you have a common cause -the end of Baal's tyranny
  • WIth your new allies you'll battle against 15 powerful new enemeies -- Imps, Blood lords, Frozen horrors, and more
  • Add to your abilities with 30 new skills

Reviews (8)

Player
I have been playing this game for a very long time and im still finding more and more things to do that i have never done before! If u have never played this game then you need to try it! When u do try Diablo 2 make shure you at least know a little about this game trust me it is awsome! there are thousands of items to use Swords, Sheilds, Armor, boots, belts ect. but dont just belive me try it for urself there are also SETS to collect that make your character look really good and give a serious boost in every ability. there are 8 different characters but you can make many different "specialtys" for your character! like for an assasin you can make pure martial arts assasin, for sorcerer u can make pure fire or ice OR lightning! There are sooo many different ways to go about creating your character but dont choose just one make many characters if you like. you can also play online for no extra charge and have others help you out in your game as u also can help them! you can trade items or gold if youd like many things and friends to find! my account on D2 is listed as my name so contact me if you need some help or just want to know the ropes :)

Great Game!
I never heard of this game before I went to my friends house just this weekend. He let me play it. So i played it and it was so interesting the second I got home I asked my mom to buy it for me. I am still trying to get it now but I have to save my money and find a place to buy it. Diablo 2 is a great game.

5-0 out of 5 stars More than meets the eye
It's simply amazing how character development can go in so many directions with this game. Seven character classes are now offered, and focusing on certain options within any of the 3 different "skill trees" of each class can itself forever change the way in which you relate to the game. Characters can become so specialized that names have been attributed to them (lexicons can be found on the Net); for example, if you choose to play a character from the new Druid class, he can be differentiated into a Shifter, Summoner, Elementist, Botanist, Windbreaker, Bowling Druid, etc. [lingo used by D2:LoD addicts, these aren't terms that the game itself uses]. It could be said that choosing from these different paths renews the playability of the game, as you are forced to figure out new strategies to survive, especially in the Nightmare and Hell difficulty settings.
I've been playing this expansion since its release, and can hardly believe how much I yet have to learn. The Druid class is a clever addition to original 5, and quite different from the others; the new Assassin class I cannot in good faith critique, as I have only developed one character from that class. Act 5 has a much different flavor, and disposing of Baal can be a highly frustrating task, if you don't have a plan [Hint: get his back against the wall on the runway, slow him down, and hit him without a pause]. The addition of charms and class-specific items vastly improves your chances for survival, and the new set items are geared towards the more advanced players. However, other improvements put forth in the expansion balance it out in favor of the enemy (e.g., you can no longer dominate simply by having a Level 25 Fire Wall).
Lately I've discovered several websites devoted to the game, and features of the game that previously made little sense now are revealed as worthwhile to me. If you are getting the impression that this game can create a black hole in your weekly schedule, then I think I have gotten my point across. For example, tonite I am supposed to be reading an article titled "Parenteral Nutrition in Pregnancy," but instead I am researching new strategies to keep my Necromancer alive (can you blame me?)
Finally, there is the adrenaline rush motive. When trying to stay alive during some of the more challenging moments, your heart will be racing and you might even break into a sweat. Warnings written in the other reviews (about how addiction to this game can trash your GPA and cause your girlfriend to seek out someone who has never heard of Diablo or its sequels) should be taken very seriously. As a graduate student I came close to smashing the disc on several occasions with the thought of freeing myself...that would doubtless have been a waste of money, as I would have promptly jogged down to the store to pick up another copy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Diablo 2 LOD
I thought this game was excelent. 5 areas, 27 quests, normal, magic, rare, and super rare items, hundreds of differnet monsters, 5 final monster and much more. I never liked Blizzard games, but my brother wanted this since his freind had it. Ever since then DiabloII was on my top 5 list. I recomend you to buy it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Diablo II
This is one of the best games i have ever played. ... Read more


114. Emperor's Mahjong (Mac)
list price: $19.99
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Asin: B0000VLYXG
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: MacPlay
Sales Rank: 3816
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Challenging and addictive!
MahJong is a an ancient Chinese tile game that was adapted for the American market in the early 1920's and today several varieties are available as computer games. I first taught myself to play this fairly simple game of tile pairing in an online game room. The beauty of using your own game CD is not having to deal with online chat rooms, and web crashes. EMPEROR'S MAHJONG is especially appealing due to the challenge of progressively difficult game play with a 'prize' awaiting the victorious.

First thing I did was personalize my selections through Options. I prefer a partial screen display which enables ready access to desktop files and dock applications. Although the three different music streams have a catchy Chinese theme, it isn't long before I found this background noise tiresome, so I selected my own music through i-Tunes. Tile Design graphics is limited to a white, black or wood-grain base. Since the Chinese characters are unfamiliar to the American eye, I found the wood-grain easier to decipher. I recommend assigning your name to a Profile - it is here that all your game statistics are recorded; such as rank, time spent, tiles removed, games played, average pair time, cleaned games, average percentage and hints/shuffles used. It was a real eye opener to see how much time I spent "getting acquainted" with this game as my self-imposed prerequisite to writing this review. Wink. Wink.

I referred often to the Scroll of Wisdom in the Stats portion of my personal profile to view the 6 different game mode spheres represented by: Horoscope, Crafts, Nature, Scenery, Martial Arts, and Emperors - each with 12 layouts. Here it keeps track of how many layouts in each mode have been successfully completed. Successful progression earns new titles, words of wisdom (reminiscent of fortune cookie wisdom) and accolades from the Emperor. Each completed sphere earns a gem, 5 must be collected to enter the final challenge: the meeting of the 12 Emperor's. Ultimately you must complete the layouts in Emperor mode in order to get the Scroll of Wisdom quote.

To begin play, select New Game and choose to play Shanghai with one or two players, or take the Emperor's Challenge with your (required) profile name. Game difficulty is a choice of Normal, Easy or Easiest for Shanghai and does not apply to the Emperor's Challenge which progresses in difficulty. Competitive me took the bait right away and spent most of my game time pursuing the Emperor's Challenge. For the sake of this review, I tried a few games of single play Shanghai and discovered this is the only place hints are allowed - no wonder I wasn't getting any help. As a side note, I never figured out how to work User Layouts, and found this guessing game scenario a bit off putting. Either I missed the loop somehow, or it is assumed the beginner will figure things out eventually, which for the most part I did. My kids probably would've figured it all out in 5 minutes or less!

Actual game play is simplistic but requires full concentration. You must eliminate all or a % of the tiles by matching pairs with at least one side free and no tiles on them. Maximize full play time allotted per layout by waiting until all the tiles are laid face down before pressing start. That extra 10 seconds might mean a win for you. Chances are you won't complete all 12 layouts of a sphere in one session, so when you return to play, click on Load New Game, then make sure you select the proper mode because the default always begins on the Horoscope level. Icons represent the 12 different layouts per sphere. Highlighted icons indicate successful wins, so be sure to select one unearned or you will be repeating your games. You can retry a layout if you desire to better your time.

I tested The Emperor's Challenge on my Power PC G3 iMac, using Jaguar. On several occasions the application quit or froze and I had to force quit - which meant I lost all the progress from that play session. I also wasn't able to Resume Game as I once was able to - so I don't know if I lost that feature during one of the force quits or not. I didn't want to reload the game and lose everything I had earned, so I persevered. I decided to quit the game after each win to save it, just in case the application quit unexpectedly. I couldn't determine if this was a game glitch or my computer? I also encountered several occasions in which the time limit did not sync correctly with the game. I was often short changed even though the timer said I had more playtime... this seemed like a rip off considering I may have progressed through the game more quickly if I hadn't had to replay the same ones several times. Overall I had fairly good success with the CD for all the time I spent on it.... 2 days 6 hrs , 1107 games played. The closest I got to winning was 4 tiles remaining before time ran out. I can't begin to count how many tries it took to get that close. I'd hoped to share what the illusive Scroll of Wisdom is ... but alas, I don't know if I will ever find out! Perhaps you will.

System Requirements (minimum):
•Computer: Power Mac G3, or more recent.
•Mac OS 8.6, 9.x or Mac OS X
•Memory: 64MB RAM
•Disk: 50MB free hard disk space
•Video: 800x600 supporting millions of colors
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115. MTX Mototrax (Mac)
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Asin: B0002SV7Q6
Catlog: Video Games
Manufacturer: Aspyr Media
Sales Rank: 6819
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Features

  • Use prize money to modify attributes, purchase cycle upgrades, and access freeride environments
  • Beat the pros and become the ultimate MX athlete in the fastest, most complete motocross game to date
  • Thrilling career mode boosts your fame, fortune and adrenaline
  • Make your way to the X Games and push your bike to the limit
  • Intense online racing action for up to 8 players

116. XIII (Mac)
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Asin: B000125Q4W
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Feral Interactive
Sales Rank: 4519
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars absolutely brilliant
This is a game you could show non gamers and not feel nerdy in the slightest due to the fact that it is a well drawn 50's comic book story in game format, quite extraordinary! The music is good and touches such as close up squares showing the detail of characters demise add to the proffessional quality of this game. It is quite simply the most visually inventive thing to have been made in the history of gaming.

5-0 out of 5 stars So awesome
I've played this on my friend's PC, and it is SO much fun. First, while some people call the graphics "old fasioned", or something, they do exactly what they are supposed to do- they make it look like a well done comic book. Half of what makes the game so much fun are its comic book aspects, including "tap, tap, tap" written on the screen when someone is approaching and panels across the top or in the corners showing still-frames at certain points in the game. Also, the game actually does have a storyline, and a pretty good one, making it much more than a simple "shoot anything that moves" game. Finally, the gameplay is a ton of fun because, while it does have a lot of the normal 1st person shooter aspects, also you can do irregular things like knocking people out with ashtrays, chairs, beer bottles, etc. and then carrying these people's bodies to other areas to hide them. ... Read more


117. 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


118. Aliens Versus Predator 2 (Mac)
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B0000657TO
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: MacPlay
Sales Rank: 3448
Average Customer Review: 2.44 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

The Alien and the Predator are two of filmdom's most beloved and fearedcreations, and fans have been clamoring for a matchup between the two speciesfor years. Their dreams were teased by a brief shot of an alien skull in thePredator's trophy room in Predator 2, indulged by several uneven pairingsin comic books, and finally fulfilled in Rebellion's underrated Aliens vs.Predator video game. Fox Interactive, teamed this time with developerMonolith, delights these fans again with Aliens vs. Predator 2, andthe result is easily one of the most intense 3-D shooters ever released.

Like in the first game, there are three distinct campaigns. One lets you play asthe Predator, another as an Alien, and a third as the overconfident humans theyprey upon. This time out the stories are much more detailed, even crossing overin interesting ways. The plot concerns some arrogant human scientists, a groupof heroic marines, a rogue Predator, and the faceless Alien horde found onLV-1201 (the planet from the first two Alien films).

As a human, you play a fearless roughneck sent to check things out and performmissions. This generally involves rescuing fellow marines, recon work, restoringpower to various systems, and trying to stay alive against fast-moving killingmachines with acid for blood and nasty dispositions. You're armed with theincredible pulse rifle from the films, other weapons such as a knife and a smartgun (which automatically locks onto targets for you), a tension-inducing motiontracker, and a shoulder-mounted flashlight that casts eerie shadows. ThePredator is armed with his shoulder cannon, cloaking device, spear, and hisfamous wrist claws.

The Alien campaign is the most interesting as it first casts you as thespiderlike face hugger. You've got to roam the corridors looking for a solitaryvictim. Once you implant a human, you play the small and snakelikechest-burster, seeking out rodents and other tiny prey so you can quickly molt andgrow into a full-fledged alien. Then all hell breaks loose as the humans becomeyour prey. You can claw, perform a head bite (which restores health), andexecute a fearsome pounce attack that literally explodes the target. Aliens canalso cling and climb on walls, which takes some getting used to, but the effectis exhilarating, as is the hunt.

The graphics are evocative of the films and feature strobe lights, flashing redsand whites, ample darkness, abandoned barricades, sputtering ruined equipment,and horrific scenes of carnage. The music rises and falls with the drama anddraws heavily from the Alien films in particular. And the game is relentlesslycreepy, whether or not you are the hunter or hunted. The audio is equallyeffective, from screaming humans to screeching alien attackers to the familiarPredator purring chuckle. The game is also filled with often amusingconversations between guards, marines, and scientists.

The three campaigns offer 21 missions, but the wide range of multiplayer gamemodes deserve special mention. The game has legs, no matter which species youprefer, and already a community has sprung up for challenges between gamers.Unfortunately, the Net code is a bit buggy: be sure to download the latestpatch.

Monolith has created a much better game than the previous installment, mainly bypumping up the atmosphere, refining the controls, and making sure the threestories combine into a greater tale of horror and survival. Oh, and mostimportantly to some, the game lets you save whenever you want. Just rememberthis when playing the game--on the Internet, no one can hear you scream, butyour neighbors can. --Bob Andrews

Pros:

  • Superb atmosphere that evokes the best of the movies
  • Excellent graphics and single-player gaming
Cons:
  • You need the marines to do a bug hunt in the multiplayer code
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Features

  • Play as Alien, Predator, or human on planet LV-1201
  • Features new, complex story lines with three species overlapping
  • Increased ambience, film-like strobe effects
  • Advanced controls, 3D graphics, with single or multiplayer action
  • Three campaigns offer 21 missions

Reviews (9)

1-0 out of 5 stars Umm.. Problem with the review below....
The reviewer below was talking about the PC version of the AVP2. The other reviewers who gave one star for the game are talking about the Mac version. The minimum video card requirement is 32MB for mac. You really need 512MB video card to make this game run smoothly. This is the worst ported game I've ever played. I'm running a dual G5 and it glitches, chops and crashes all the time. Its been over 8 months since Macplay and The Omni Group have known about the multiplayer problem with Mac OS 10.3 and they have done nothing about it. The people at The Omni Group and Macplay should be arrested for taking people's money for an incomplete, unplayable game. Seriously...

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT!!!
There is a problem with the last reviews about this game. First of all, the only way this game could play that slow is if they had a slow graphics card. I have 16mb video ram card and a 400mhz processor and it plays lightening fast, almost no loading time at all. And with the right card, you can have the details set on high, and have a fast game with no lag. I highly reccomend this game only if you have at least a 16mb video card and an average processor.

The game features a wide variety of weapons, species options, levels, plus multiplayer support. No sci-fi fan who like this kind of action game shouid pass it up.

1-0 out of 5 stars DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY!!!!
I don't profess to be anything close to a 'Video Game Guru", but I have never, ever played a more aggrevating, inept, poorly made video game in my life!! I have heard that the first AVP game was very good. This version is very bad. From what I have heard so far, unless you have a computer system that rivals the United States Department of Defense, forget about playing this game on anything else.
This lousy game is FULL of mistakes, and don't even bother to contact the so called "support group" at MacPlay. They are in complete denial over this crappy thing.Mac Play should be ASHAMED of this piss poor effort!! DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY!!!!!!!!

1-0 out of 5 stars NO MULTIPLAYER in PANTHER OS 10.3 !
i had played this on pc and really enjoyed it. this would be a great game if they hired back the programmers who knew what they were doing. this is an insult to mac owners and fans of the first game, which was incredible. I am far within the min. req. on my G4. The patch that macplay has releases, does little to nothing to cure the jumps, 15 sec freezes and lack of ability to enjoy the single player missions on anything but the lowest settings. to top it all off, any of the internet multiplayer server is not compatible with os 10.3 !!! i for one would like to see macplay make amends with a refund, a significant patch, or revision to the whole game. With so many programmers out of work, whoever headed this one up needs to be held accountable. wtih the movie comng oout next summer, this game is not up to 20th century fox standards of quality and is an embarrassment and a disappointment. go buy the first version for mac cheap and download the patch for os x.
shame on you macplay.

1-0 out of 5 stars Even a dog runs better than this
Did someone mention you had better have a G5 to run this game?

Well I have a G5 and this game is bloody shoddy. The macintosh port is a complete disgrace and gives PC gamers some great ammunition to use to put down Apple's systems. Even with all the graphics settings turned down to complete minimum, my 1.6 mhz G5 with Nvidia Geforce 5200 still has loads of problems.

This game stalls, sticks and chops all over the friggin place. My suggestions to anyone is:

1. Do not buy this unless you are using a server bank comprised of 50 G5's with a terrabyte of RAM and a Geforce 10 1 gigabyte. (you might have to wait a few years)

2. Do not bother asking Macplay for an answer because they will not respond and really couldn't care about their customers. Don't expect them to make a patch that actually does anything.

3. If you already own it, I suggest dressing up in a predator costume and using the two dics included to go hunting cats. This will give you a much more authentic gaming experience. ... Read more


119. Lost Mind Of Dr Brain 3

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Asin: B00002S81G
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Vivendi Universal
Sales Rank: 1996
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Think your way through a series of puzzles, logic problems, and mazes. Dr. Brain transferred too much of his brain to Rathbone, his lab rat, in an experiment mishap. Your mission is to repair Dr. Brain's brain and restore Rathbone to his ordinary cheese-loving state. This game has unlimited playability--it generates new puzzles each time you play! Options are available for novice, expert, and genius levels. ... Read more

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars Mind Bending
This puzzle game truly bends your mind. Each puzzle is challenging, even on the easy level. Three levels of play would even give those at Mensa a difficult time. The three dimensional work has helped me picture things for my geometry homework more easily. Although the game does not actually focus on parts of the brain, it focuses on all aspects of logic and reasoning skills. Definently worth buying for all young puzzl solvers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Seven Intelligences/Brain Damage
I gave this puzzle to a friend who works with brain injured children. Not only did the kids help Dr. Brain get his mind together again, but the puzzles helped the kids to regain some of the ground lost with their injuries.

The organization of the puzzles echos much of the theories of the seven intelligences.

Best of all, it's a lot of fun!

5-0 out of 5 stars PLAY THIS GAME!
This game is relly fun eny time at sochol and I the best game in it is train of thoght

5-0 out of 5 stars The one and only puzzle game.
Dr. Brain holds a special place in my... well, brain._Castle_, _Island_, and _Lost Mind_ of Dr. Brain present puzzles toyou, Dr. Brain's assistant, under several different bizzare premises - in this one, the great Doctor has accidentally exchanged brains with his lab rat, and you must set things right.

These games are stocked with the best variety of puzzles ever seen, covering algebra, classical music, art history, scientific measurement, logical sequence, jigsaw puzzles, engineering, language skills, and so much more. What's even better, these games can be played over and over again, at varying levels of difficulty. As usual with Havis Interactive, the actual age level for this game extends above and beyond what's printed on the box. This is a game worth getting, because a young child can keep playing it through many years. If only they sold the whole series! _Castle_, the oldest, is by far the best... END

5-0 out of 5 stars neat!
i played this game when i was in 6th grade and i still play it in 8th. its a challenging game that keeps the mind boggling and constantly thinking. its cool. ... Read more


120. The Sims Expansion: Hot Date (Mac)
list price: $19.99
our price: $19.99
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Asin: B00005YY9R
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Aspyr Media
Sales Rank: 1330
Average Customer Review: 4.09 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (34)

3-0 out of 5 stars Downtown not all it's cracked up to be
Pro's and Cons for Hot date:
Pros:
New Social Interations - lots of kissing, hugging, cuddling etc..
Ways for the Sims to get out of the house is definitely a bonus, and it's also stupid that they couldn't leave the house in the first place!!
New Hot Tub, and other items to help with dating, like buying items at the mall though they are very limited - roses, jewelry, swimwear, lingerie, and formal wear, candy and teddy bears.
Yoou don't lose time while downtown, you can go at 7:00 pm and stay all night and when you arrive back home it is still 7 pm, even if your Sims are falling down with exhaustion.

Con's
The downtown area is very slow, even slower the more characters you have in your game.
It's harder to make friends and keep them.
Your energy levels seem to disapear a lot faster while downtown.
I tried to make an Espresso bar for downtown to help with this problem but the Espresso machine is not available in downtown creation. nor is the coffee machine.
I have lost newly created businesses for downtown, every time I create them even though I saved them, I have made changes to existing businesses and the park and they won't be there for a while and then suddenly turn up a week later??
The people you take downtown with you don't seem to be able to go to the bathroom on thier own, you have to go in order for them to.

I Loved the original Sims when I bought it and got hot date because it seemed to be the one that offered the most social interations, but I think Livin Large would have been the better investment.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sims at their best!
This is the most original expansion pack for Sims yet! By far the best one too. It has a new downtown area which you can get to easily by picking up the phone and calling a cab. When you're in downtown there's almost no end to the things you can do. You can visit any one of the many lots, and go shopping, for PJs, swimsuits and formalswear, or have a snack at the ice cream, hot dog or snack stand, meet new computer created characters and date them. Those are just the things you can do with your single Sim! When you've got your date along with you, you can go shopping for them, have a romantic dinner, play a game of chess in the park, or cuddle next to them on the swing. There are lots of other things you can do as well. When you're in the neighborhood, you can click on a button that can take you downtown without a Sim, where you can just view all the stores, or tear a lot down and build anew! When you do decide to build, there are several new wallpapers, floors, fences and other objects to build with, and when you're done building, you can furnish it all with the new items added on, so that you have a wonderful, new downtown lot. The best part is, each neighborhood comes with it's own downtown area, and quircky characters, so the fun will last you for a long time before you even begin to get bored!

1-0 out of 5 stars parents beware
Parents beware! This seems like another fairly harmless Sims game, but your child may be entering an area where you don't want them to go. I was horrified to discover my neighbor's child playing this game with my daughter, making two females fall in love and go to bed. They actually play in bed. She was able to take a naked "picture" of two Sims in bed without the blur. This game is totally inappropriate, even if my children were 18. I thought this game was harmless, but I was wrong. Beware! We have deleted this game from our computer.

5-0 out of 5 stars IT COOL BUT HARD!!!
I thought that it was really cool taking yours sims on a date!! It is a little hard for them to fall in love but you well really enjoy seeing it if you do get it!!!! After that you can get married!! And then you can adopt or have a baby after you fall in love! But it is really hard work to get a baby or even get married. A lot of kissing and hugging! Make sure to take a lot of pictures!!

3-0 out of 5 stars Memory Hog
Neat idea - get the Sims out of their houses and have them interact. The only problem? This is a HUGE memory hog! It's fun but make sure you have enough free memory to run this. ... Read more


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