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121. MASQUE MultiPlay Video Poker (
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122. Clifford The Big Red Dog Learning
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123. KNOWLEDGE ADVENTURE Math Blaster
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124. Zoboomafoo Creature Quest (Jewel
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125. Disney's Cinderella's Dollhouse
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126. Jay Jay Earns His Wings
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127. MASQUE IGT Slots and Multiplay
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128. Cluefinders: The Incredible Toy
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129. Fisher-Price Big Action Garage
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130. Star Wars: Pit Droids
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131. Max Payne (Mac)
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132. Reel Deal Casino Quest (Mac)
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133. Disney Learning Adventure: Search
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134. Starship Titanic: First Class
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135. Nascar Racing 2002 (Mac)
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136. Icewind Dale (Mac)
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137. Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation
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138. Baby Einstein Baby Newton Fun
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139. Where's the Blanket, Charlie Brown?
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121. MASQUE MultiPlay Video Poker ( Windows/Macintosh )

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Asin: B00007BGS2
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Masque
Sales Rank: 5600
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Play machines that have every variety of betting -- Triple, Five, Ten, Fifty and Spin Poker!
  • All the machines include helpful guides with strategies to help you win
  • You can even record your mistakes to study your playing style and fix mistakes
  • Full Motion Video offers you instructions and tips
  • Also includes full tutorial programs for Blackjack and Spanish 21

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars A bargain if you find it
Like I did. Actually you get two bonus games with it; Masque Blackjack and Spanish 21; a form of Blackjack.

The game itself is great, and makes a good supplement to other single play video poker machine games. Sound, graphics and game play is of the usual high quality from Masque. The best thing on this game is the Spin Poker, really great, totally unique, as I have never seen an actual machine in the slot parlors. Worth it for this alone.

Word of warning:

I just received notification from Masque that they are upgrading their original Slots game (which is the IGT machines) to look and play like the Slots 2, and Bally Slots standards. IN ADDITION, this new software wil contain the Multiplay Poler, Black Jack and Spanish 21 games.

So be on the lookout. If you don't have slots one (previously reviewed) wait for the new one. ... Read more


122. Clifford The Big Red Dog Learning Activities
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Asin: B00009WE43
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Scholastic
Sales Rank: 853
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Features

  • 10 activities that sharpen thinking, counting, and language skills
  • 3 adjustable levels to ensure children are comprehending
  • Automatic help allows for independent play
  • See and hear the characters and voices from the hit TV show
  • For kids ages 4 to 6

123. KNOWLEDGE ADVENTURE Math Blaster Ages 7-8 (Windows/Macintosh)

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Asin: B0000990ZT
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Knowledge Adventure
Sales Rank: 5569
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Features

  • Blaster and G.C. are trying to win the Grand Prize at the intergalactic carnival, and you'll use your math to help them get it!
  • Throw space pies, squish alien fruit and sling spaceballs around to earn the points you need
  • As kids play they'll develop important math skills like multiplication, fractions, patterns, chart analysis, sorting and more
  • Fun new SmartPoints system will motivate kids to achieve their personal best while they play
  • For ages 7 and 8

124. Zoboomafoo Creature Quest (Jewel Case)
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Asin: B00016TJAU
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Brighter Child
Sales Rank: 4622
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125. Disney's Cinderella's Dollhouse
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Asin: B00005JSG9
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Disney Interactive
Sales Rank: 1854
Average Customer Review: 3.42 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Decorate Cinderella's castle, filling it with furnishings, pictures, and even food before bringing in the world's most downtrodden stepdaughter and her friends. With this game, Cinderella fans ages 5 and older can design their heroine's living spaces, print out especially well-decorated rooms, and experiment with a new variation on the age-old pastime of playing with dolls.

Disney's Cinderella Dollhouse is really a basic paint program posing as a watered-down version of The Sims. Players decorate Cinderella's kitchen, bedroom, and ballroom, but instead of adorning each empty space with flat images, girls choose from a gallery of interactive objects. What does this mean? Put a flute in Cinderella's hand and she will actually play it; give her a tray of cupcakes and she will offer them to everyone in the room. Adding different characters to the mix will change what they do and say. Girls can thus create scenes where the wicked stepsisters argue, or--by swapping the cast around--they can induce the Prince to make a declaration of love to Cinderella. The number of possible combinations is respectably large, and Disney provides a monthly download of additional objects to keep gameplay from getting stale.

Unfortunately, this game is something of a one-trick pony. Unlike an adult-oriented simulator, the characters' prerecorded responses to game objects are controlled by very simple rules. There are no deviations from the basic Cinderella script, girls cannot create their own characters, and ultimately, the animations don't disguise the fact that this is just another clip art gallery with new bells and whistles. Even with the game updates, older girls will outgrow the dollhouse swiftly. What's more, occasional sound glitches and a long introduction sequence--which can't be skipped--make the process of getting started tedious.

That said, the game does have appealing graphics and expands nicely on the concept of an electronic sticker book--an activity that is usually tossed into other games as a poorly executed afterthought. For younger girls who are fond of this particular fairy tale, or who have already shown that they enjoy decoration-themed programs, Disney's Cinderella Dollhouse makes a good selection. --Alyx Dellamonica ... Read more

Reviews (12)

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Kids Games We Own!
We bought this game two months ago, along with two other kids games, and this one is by far our favorite kids game! When I say we, I mean my 7 year old who bought it with birthday money, her two sisters who are old enough to play computer games, me, my friend who lives with us (age 21), even my husband has sat down and messed around with it. It is just addictive, and fun.

Not only do you get to decorate 6 rooms (Step-mother's parlor and kitchen, the mice room, and the bedroom, ballroom, and garden in the castle) then you can place people in the room and they will talk to each other. You can place items in their hands (such as flowers, food, a brush, a flute, much more) and hear them talk about what they are holding. Talk, and sometimes more! I love to have the flute out and people sitting at the piano in the step-mothers parlor. Hand something to Anastasia, and she'll say something (or sometimes say and do something), sometimes Cinderella will answer her, sometimes it will be Drizzella, the step-mother, or the Prince. It is totally fun and sometimes very funny to hear what they say to each other and see what they do with the items you give them. The game is also very easy to play and navigate, my five year old has no trouble playing all by herself.

I do have three complaints against the game, one that was resolved by another persons review (thanks!). First off, we have been frustrated by the Fairy Godmothers long introduction to the game, which we did not know we could skip by hitting the space bar. They never told us that, we would sit through the whole long poem, which isn't bad, but if you have heard it 20 times already you would rather just get to the game. Problem solved now, though. The next thing that frustrates us is that occasionally one of the characters decides to look around (they don't say anything, they just look around) and you can't do anything while they look. It is a minor annoyance, just as you go to place an item into the scene, the Prince just has to look around a couple times, and you have to wait about 30 seconds or so until he is done. The third thing that frustrates us is that we are supposed to be able to download new decorative items from online, but we try and try and can not make it work. Even with these annoyances, it is still a great game that we love and play a lot.

2-0 out of 5 stars basically a dollshouse
The game lives up to its name, its a dollshouse. You pick the furniture and put it where you like almost as a number of things refuse to allow you to place them where you want even when there is plenty of room. You cannot place an object or person behind another item unless you put the back item in first.
The fun part is decorating the rooms and seeing the characters you place in the rooms interact. It would have been nice to have had more variety in the characters as you only get two cinderellas, anastasia drusella and the stepmother, the prince, three mice, a dog, aa cat and a couple of birds.
You can change the wallpaper, floor, ceiling, curtains etc (three choices of each) Also the furniture has three choices.
Disappointing is the promised downloadable decorations, they downloaded but wont run.
Overall the game is click and point, so the kids are not amused long and seldom return. It came in a package with three other games otherwise I probably would not have purchased it but games geared towards girls a few and far between with disney and barbie being almost the only ones.

1-0 out of 5 stars Worst... Kid's Software... Ever.
Believe me, kid's software in general is not that great (though there are some notable exceptions.) So it is a pretty big deal for me to say that this is the worst kid's software I have ever seen. It literally kept my kid busy for about half an hour, and when I looked at it I saw why; no challenge, no interest, very little content.

The premise of the game is that you go to all these different rooms from the Cinderella mythos (the basement, Cinderella's bedroom in the castle, etc) and drop furniture, characters, and objects onto them. Sometimes these objects will interact with each other. Kind of like the excellent Catz! series, except for way more static and non-interactive.

First of all, even if this was enough to carry a game, which it's not, there's hardly any decent content. There are like 5 rooms total, and maybe 6 or 8 characters, and probably 30 total furniture and object items to throw on there. And then, your kid is done playing.

My daughter, who is 5 years of age, summed it up nicely: "Daddy, this game is boring."

Avoid, avoid, avoid. A waste of money at any price.

5-0 out of 5 stars A very Good Game
My 5 year old enjoys this very much. She got it last year from Santa, so she was able to navigate it at age 4. This is her favorite of the Princess Games. However, she gets very frustrated with the Fairy Godmother telling her "No Room There", because while you can drag and drop the furniture, you cannot overlap it. When the room is full, nothing else will go in.

However, she has spent countless hours with this program, and overall enjoys it quite a bit.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not one of our favorites
Our three very computer literate daughters (ages 3 to 5) didn't respond to this game. The graphics were much slower to come up on screen than other games of this type and you don't get to be very creative with where you put the items in each room. They also didn't like that the click and drag didn't work as well as it does in the Little Mermaid II game. Overall, we wouldn't recommend this one. ... Read more


126. 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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Amazon.com Product Description

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


127. MASQUE IGT Slots and Multiplay Poker (Windows/Macintosh)

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Asin: B00008YJLY
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Masque
Sales Rank: 4160
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Features

  • Choose from 50 of the best slot machines in the world, and 50 great multiplay Video Poker machines
  • Larger reels and zoom in/out features for better and more exciting views of the action
  • Also includes great tables games like Blackjack and Spanish 21
  • Upgraded user interface for easier access to your favorite games

128. Cluefinders: The Incredible Toy Store Adventure
list price: $19.99
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Asin: B00005LBVQ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: The Learning Company
Sales Rank: 209
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

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

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

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

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

Reviews (5)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


129. Fisher-Price Big Action Garage
list price: $19.99
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Asin: B00005KG5T
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Fisher-Price
Sales Rank: 794
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Little drivers will have a blast racing through Autoland, collecting the parts they need to save their friend, KC Coupe, from the terrible TowTruck. Along the way they'll discover repair shops, raceways, the car wash, and other pit stops full of four-wheeled fun. Realistic races, six cool car activities, and supercharged surprises give little road racers a new course every time. Kids will join Tommy Treads in a soapy excursion through the Comet Car Wash, weave their way through the backstage of Diesel's Palace, and print collector cards of auto friends from the Big Action Garage. Other activities include helping Ralph the Recycling Truck clean up the river pollution and helping Cliff Convertible tune up cars, replace the battery, and check the oil. There are six auto activities in all, featuring a colorful cast of comical car characters. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Software for Preschoolers
I purchased the Fisher Price Garage software for my 4 year old grandson. I was leery of buying it since I had previously purchased some poorly designed and frustrating software for preschoolers. I am happy to say I am very impressed with this one. One of the things I like the most about it is it's perfect for his age and his present computer skills. The visual and verbal instructions are very straighforward--he has had no trouble understanding what to do. Since he cannot read yet, he only needed a little help the first few times using it.

There are activities for children with different levels of computer skills. (I would say a 3 year old could do some of the activities.) Some of the features he could do all by himself the first time which made him feel competent (and made me happy because I didn't have to listen to whining). The Diesel's Palace maze (similar to a Pac-man game) is more of a challenge for him. It is great to have a racing game that a preschooler can do too--I think it is just right for a 4 year old--challenging and fun, but not so hard he never wins. The car detailing feature is also impressive--quite a few vehicle choices and many, many stickers to "jazz things up". Loads of fun for preschool boys or girls.

Overall, I am very happy with this software and my grandson just loves it--he is learning more computer skills, has a lot of laughs, and just plain fun.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for introducing the computer to preschoolers!
I picked this up on a lark, not knowing that my three-year-old would take over the computer! He LOVES this software so much that he wants to play with it first thing in the morning--and all day if it were possible. It is perfect for teaching preschoolers how to use a mouse. The activities are simple and loads of fun. I've tried other software packages designated for preschoolers, but they were too complicated to hold my son's attention. His favorite part is spray-painting the car and printing out the picture. Now our house is plastered with these "works of art!" The great thing is that he's learning to use the computer while being challenged and entertained.

5-0 out of 5 stars From the Mom of a car crazy kid!!
Tommy Treads is a friendly little car who captivated my 3 year old and still has his attention 1-1/2 years later. Children can use their problem solving skills, race at the track, paint and detail in the body shop, give a tune-up and much, much more with this fun and creative software. ... Read more


130. Star Wars: Pit Droids

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Asin: B00004XOKM
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: LucasArts Entertainment
Sales Rank: 7162
Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Pit Droids poses the age-old math question: "If a droid traveling five miles per hour leaves Mos Espa at dawn, how long will it take to get to the Arena Gate?" Watto, Tatooine's notorious junk dealer, has purchased a large pit-droids shipment to help with the pod races. Naturally, the droids don't know the way, leaving you to direct the capering mechanoids to their goals by placing various arrows in their path.

Right from the slick panoramic interface, Pit Droids is a blast. C-3PO's thorough tutorials (featuring the inimitable Anthony Daniels) and R2-D2's chirpy in-game help will have you herding the hordes of droids in no time. Not only do you need to avoid collisions, you need to change droids' attributes, sort them, and adjust the timing of their patterns. While holding your attention with the frenetic puzzle-solving fun, Pit Droids quietly refines your logical-thinking and problem-solving skills, making it a great game for older children as well as adults.

Pit Droids rewards progress with comic short films of the clowning droids in action. Eight locations offer more than 300 puzzles spanning three levels of difficulty, and the Puzzle Editor lets you build your own devices. It's enough to keep you interested for as long as the droids keep you scrambling. --Jack Gardiner ... Read more

Features

  • 8 challenging game levels
  • 300+ puzzles
  • Create your own custom-made puzzles
  • 6 unique Star Wars game environments
  • For 1 player

Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Fun Game!!
Almost endless amount of pre-created puzzle But then! You can creat your own! Loads of fun!

1-0 out of 5 stars This is not good
YO people, dont waste money on this. Trust me! It is boring. i mean, it takes forever to just beat one!

4-0 out of 5 stars Challenging, Graphic, and Limitless
Star Wars Pit Droids is not exclusively for Star Wars fans, and is an excellent puzzle game if you want one. It has three levels of play for all people. The goal is to use the arrows provided to literally point the different pit droids in the right direction. However, they have different colors, helmets, and tools, so you have to guide each type to their destintation. It's 3-D and has pretty good graphics. There's an online exchange for puzzles that you make, which has some EXTREMELY difficult puzzles, much harder than the game provides. Making a game in this is pretty easy, but picky. It doesn't agree with the standard Microsoft interface, and forces you to use buttons for cut-and-paste. The major downside to this game is that you can only save after completing a level, not during one. Overall, I suggest this for people who want to be challenged or to challenge others.

4-0 out of 5 stars This is hard,escpecially Hard Mode,but fun
This game is fun.You work on many puzzles to get your pit droids to the Podrace Arena.I won a T-shirt for a 13 year olds contest on this game,I had to get 144 pit droids to the Podrace Arena before too many other opponents did the same.I would recommend this game to any one who isn't too (not smart) as I wouldn't want to insult you readers! And also,if you want a cool pit droids T-Shirt,you can buy it now and practice until sometime in Year 2001.Then you can sign up for a totally cool contest!

4-0 out of 5 stars The "H-bomb" since Droidworks!
Pit Droids is the #1 maze/puzzle game! If you're a big fan of Star Wars or strategy, you should definitally buy this game! What I specifically like about Pit Droids is the great 3-D graphics, the challenge of the puzzles, and the hilarious slapstick "reward" cutscenes! But sometimes you may go crazy when you get to a frustrating part in a level, but don't worry about that little comment. Yep, it's another one of those Lucasarts/Learning masterpieces that quite often happen. I betcha when you pop this CD in your PC, you're going to think, "I didn't waste a dime on this thing!" ... Read more


131. Max Payne (Mac)
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B0000645X8
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: MacSoft
Sales Rank: 3445
Average Customer Review: 4.89 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Max Payne, the New York police detective, has had a bad time of itrecently, and it's time for payback. Three years ago, junkies high on amysterious new narcotic called Valkyr slaughtered his wife and child. Thetragedy drives him on a prolonged path of vengeance. It turns him from adetective looking for easy work to a deep undercover vice cop infiltrating theMob to a hardened vigilante. Max Payne is a film-noir-inspired gameabout revenge that is unflinching in every way possible. It's dark and moody,extremely twisted, and turns PC action gaming on its ear by featuringstate-of-the-art graphics, audio, and cinematic action.

Aside from its inspired use of photorealistic graphics and unique graphic novel(comic book) panels to further the plot, the game also features something calledBullet Time: a slow-motion toggle, usable for a limited time, that re-createsthe awe-inspiring diving maneuvers made popular by director John Woo and, ofcourse, The Matrix. At the touch of a button, Max can go into slow motionand leap forwards or back, and side to side, while pumping generous amounts oflead into his enemy's bodies. This toggle isn't just eye candy, it's a strategicdevice that evens the sometimes staggering odds the game throws at you. Theaction is made even more visceral by the interactive environments (glassshatters, plaster puffs into dust, and wood splinters) and generous amounts ofblood.

The game carries a Mature label, and this should be taken very seriously. Thegame doesn't pull a single punch, whether in flashbacks showing Max's reactionto his gunned-down spouse, or even, somewhat tastelessly, flashbacks thatinclude his slain infant daughter. And he mows down a virtual army of hackneyedJoe Pesci-style Italian mobsters or ski-mask-wearing terrorists with extremeprejudice. The plot is predictable, the script is humorously bad (intentionallyso?), but the action will definitely make a shooter fan drool. Max Payneis the übershooter, and as such, it should be kept out of the hands ofkids. But mature action fans will love it. --Andrew S. Bub

Pros:

  • Fantastic graphics and unparalleled action
  • The slow-motion Bullet Time is The Matrix or Hard Boiled cometo life
Cons:
  • It's a little on the short side
  • The script is, at times, hilariously bad
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5-0 out of 5 stars Max Brings The Payne
Max Payne is one amazing game. You play as Max Payne, a everyday person who walks home one day to find his wife murdered...because of this he goes undercover and thats where the story begins...the story is filled with action and adventure and it keeps rolling out, never getting "slow". The graphics are great and "bullet time", a matrix type gameplay, is very cool...everything slows down and you can dodge bullets easier. Although there is no online option, Max Payne still has a very good story line and is probably one of the most popular shooters. The best part about the game is where it takes place...takes place in New York City where there are tons of cops and gang members to kill.

Gameplay: Lots of action MATRIX style! What more can you ask for in a FPS??

Graphics: Game may be a little old but the graphics are still terrific...

Story: Probably one of the best stories for a FPS. Contains a real ganster story instead of those other games that try to contain a "street" story and takes place in ohio with no cops to kill.

Overall: Max Payne is one must buy title! I haven't played anything this good in a long time... If you like BLOOD, GUNS, or ACTION, this one is a MUST-BUY!

5-0 out of 5 stars a shooter (third person) par excellence
normally, shooters dont do much for me unless combined with some other quality such as stealth, role playing, or puzzles, specifically nolf, deus ex, and tomb raiders. i dont have the reflexes or hand eye coordination of a teenager, and i cant do unreal tournament etc, even the training. max pain, though is a real winner with excellent visuals and a convincing, though improbable story (one man wipes out the entire illegal drug industry, from street junkies all the way to the head of the corporation that makes the drugs) of revenge for the murder of his family. the script is hilariously overwritten and BAAAD, obviously a parody on tv and movies. the story and exposition are presented in comic book form. as with most pure shooters, there are no puzzles and very few secrets.

gameplay. max's moves are limited to kicking open doors. he cant climb ladders, move boxes, etc. however, there is bullet time, a great slow motion effect, which can allow him to get the bad guys more easily. on "fugitive", the default and easiest level of difficulty, this was pretty useless, allowing me to watch max's demise in gory detail, but on "hard boiled", the next level up, it is more useful, though not frequently. since its hard to take on 3-4 thugs at once and live, my favorite and effective technique was to run and wait around corners and blast the bad guys when they followed. seldom does one have to attack directly. "safe spots" are non existant, because ai is as good as they come; you cant hide; theyll get you. all the weapons are useful at one point or another, my favorites being the shotgun in the early phases and the colt automatic rifle in the later ones. this is because there was tons of ammo for each. there are also tons of medkits, referred to as payne killers. there are a couple of boring surrealistic mazes ..., but these do not detract from the overall game.

visually striking, conveying all the seedy side of new york. it surprises me to see that most of the names in the credits look like Finnish. max tends to run duck footed, and, as typical of third person games, he gets in his own view, especially when crouched. this does not hamper the action much, though, which is so intense that you really dont notice this is a short game, at least not until the second time through. many windows users have complained of poor running, even with their "high end" machines. this ran perfectly at 1024x768 on my slow emac.

in summary, this is a classic, even for those who dont like shooters. buy it now, and in great quantities so mac users will continue to get great games.

5-0 out of 5 stars fun fun fun
will not disappoint. I wish there was a difficulty setting to make it harder, but I enjoyed every minute and got totally immersed in the game play. well done.

5-0 out of 5 stars Heck Yeah!
Even though I have the PC version of Max Payne, this game rocks! if there are any Mac Users reading this, and they do not have Max Payne yet, why not? go get it! The game came out in 2001, and I am still hooked! I have not played any other games that can top this. I can't wait for the sequel, which is suppose to be out sometime at the end of this year. Don't know if they are making it for Mac users. Oh one last thing, A word to parents-if you are worried about this game being too violent for your son/daughter, it really isn't. There are other games that are worse than this one. Yes, it's a shoot em up game, In the prefrences file of the game, you can remove the blood in the game, and set your own password, if you wish, although setting this prefrence will remove the graphic novels in the game too, and make the game less intresting, and not very much fun to play. Decide for yourself, but if your son/daughter knows that Max Payne is a game, and nothing more, things should be ok, nothing to worry about. Well, that's it, have fun, mac gamers! ...

5-0 out of 5 stars Good for 13
Listen this is the deal.
If your some young kid wih amotherwho wont let u see James Bond. Or movies over PG this isn't a game for you.
On the other hand if your mother is a "mom can i get "GRAND THEFT AUTO Vice city?" "of course honey" type go get it now.
IN my view if u like Grand Theft Auto 3, Mafia, tis is your type of game.
This is in the top 5 on my list. ... Read more


132. Reel Deal Casino Quest (Mac)
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Catlog: Video Games
Manufacturer: Phantom EFX
Sales Rank: 8883
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133. Disney Learning Adventure: Search for the Secret Keys
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Asin: B000063727
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Disney Interactive
Sales Rank: 799
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Mickey and the gang find themselves stranded in a haunted house inhabited by fun-loving and mischievous ghosts. Children ages 5 to 7 can explore and experiment within their environment, figuring out just how this wacky house works. It's a fun place that features experiential activities supported with curriculum-based lessons. ... Read more

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

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

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

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


134. Starship Titanic: First Class Cruise kit

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Asin: B00001SVEC
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Pearson Software
Sales Rank: 8513
Average Customer Review: 2.75 out of 5 stars
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Based on Douglas Adams's legendary Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the Starship Titanic series puts you on board the greatest spacecraft ever built. Unfortunately, it has disappeared mysteriously in hyperspace. Once on board, you must discover what caused the disappearance, reveal the conspiracy that lies behind the catastrophe, and then repair the ship's intelligence and guide it back home. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars I expected a very complex and fun game
That was what I expected. I feel that the game was a let down overall because I kept expecting something really cool to happen, but it pretty much never did. It was kind of interesting at best. I gave two stars because three would indicate that I found it worth while. Most of the puzzles where either easy, or lacking in the ability to be solved without hints. I don't think I could have done it without the strategy guide that came with it. Also, I found that one of the puzzles didn't work in the way the manufacturer probably intended. To be fair, the humor was funny and very PYTHON which I liked. Additionally, I thought the whole concept was very good and I kept expecting some cool things to happen, but ultimately it did not pan out. Good Try.

4-0 out of 5 stars And now, for something completely titanic...
Starship Titanic is not based on Hitchhiker's Guide, but is very similiar in style. The game is very good, but can be difficult at times. However, unlike most games where dialogue is just something to proceed the plot, in this game it is actually a funny and entertaining diversion thanks to the great dialogue engine and voice acting. Between the funny, but annoying parrot and the Elevator attendant who constantly talks about his wartime exploits (what war, we don't know). Buy this game if you want a funny and interesting ride. Also, buy the book to learn about the story.

2-0 out of 5 stars Well, he knows how to write good books
The game was quite a bit of a letdown, as I am a big fan of Douglas Adams. Unfortunately, the game is not all that fun as a game. I felt even let down in the humor (or should I say humour) department as well. It did not seem as though Mr. Adams had full control over the project, as bits and pieces seemed to be his sense of humor, and other bits seemed to be a watered down Monty Python attempt. The bits that are funny are definitely funny, especially the talking message delivery system things. The look of the environs were astoundingly beautiful, but I feel that it lacked a soul behind it. The game puzzles were at times very easy, and other times astoundingly non-intuitive and difficult. For instance, there is one puzzle that simply does not give you a clue that you are doing the right thing, and you have to do it repeatedly for the game to finally give in and let you have the victory. I won't say what it is, but it involves someone's butt. Overall, the humor was what kept this from getting a one star review, but even that was a disappointment.

3-0 out of 5 stars The fun wasn't in the puzzles...
Usually when people play adventure games they do it partially because they enjoy solving puzzles. In this game the puzzles seemed to only be a small part of the enjoyment. It was more fun to play with the message delivery system, tease the parrot, and vandalize the ship... the puzzles were simply a means to do more of this.

If you are a fan of both Douglas Adams and Monty Pyton you will love this game, otherwise some of the jokes might be lost upon you. The novel that comes with the game is a big plus, as it explains things a bit better.

Game play wise the interface is clean and has a unique feature that allows you to actually type in dialogue that you'd like to 'say' to the other characters instead of selecting phrases like to many other adventure games. There were times when it was somewhat tedious to run from one end of the ship to another, but that tends to be a given for any adventure game these days.

If I were to voice any great complaint, it was that in the end I didn't feel as though I'd accomplished all that much and kept wondering where the rest of the game had gone. I think more time was spent on making the game LOOK neat instead of making it a deep and interesting adventure. It has some really hilarious moments (the parrot is great!) but not all that much more. ... Read more


135. Nascar Racing 2002 (Mac)
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Asin: B00007M9FT
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Aspyr Media
Sales Rank: 7788
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Nascar Racing 2002 (Mac)
I'm not a huge gamer or a NASCAR fan but this game is great. I use Mac OS 10.2.3 and have a Logitech Momo Force Steering Wheel with force feedback.

The combination of OS, game and steering wheel is what I think make this a fun and exciting game. The force feedback is something that I was skeptical of at first but it is a blast.

Very well done game. ... Read more


136. Icewind Dale (Mac)
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Asin: B00005AG2N
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: MacPlay
Sales Rank: 7493
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Icewind Dale intentionally avoids a sophisticatedrole-playing-game plot in favor of classic Advanced Dungeons & Dragonsdungeoneering. The game is set in the frigid corner of the ForgottenRealms made famous by author R.A. Salvatore'snovels. Many fantasyfans will be familiar with the popular setting, but this time you getto create the heroes, and the adventures are your own.

Veterans of Baldur's Gate and Planescape: Torment willfind BioWare's Infinity game engine instantly recognizable and usable.AD&D fans will be pleased with the interpretation of AD&D 2nd Editionrules. With a few exceptions (no kits, no Drow player characters, notwo-weapon fighting), you can assume that if it's in the rule booksit's in Icewind Dale.

Players can create six characters from standard AD&D 2nd Edition racesand classes as they set off to find an ancient evil buried in the Spineof the World. Combat occurs in real time (no turns), but the action canbe paused at any time in order to issue new orders, prepare spells, orrespond to a new threat. The designers keep combat fast by allowingplayers to assign an artificial intelligence combat script toindividual characters. Your party can encounter a minor monster, firearrows as it approaches, attack it with fighters when it gets close,and then get healed by the cleric when the fighting is done--allwithout your intervention.

Baldur's Gate and Planescape: Torment kept players hookedwith an engrossing story line, and, in the case of Planescape,excellent writing. Specifically designed as a more action-oriented"hack and slash" RPG, Icewind Dale relies on combat andcharacter advancement as its own reward. While it lacks the randomdungeons and incredible magic items of Diablo, the highexperience point cap and the ability to create all six of your partymembers make Icewind Dale a worthy addition to any AD&D fan'sgame library. --Michael Fehlauer

Pros:

  • Ability to create your entire party
  • Slick computer game conversion of AD&D 2nd Edition rules
  • Faithful re-creation of the Icewind Dale region as detailed by TSRand R.A. Salvatore
  • High experience point cap lets players wield tremendous power--andface equally powerful foes

Cons:

  • Interface takes up too much of screen
  • Little replay value
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3-0 out of 5 stars Would have been good... if I hadn't already played BG & BG2
Icewind Dale is a late, late comer to the Mac. If you absolutely need a novel BG/BG2 type fix, okay but as a game it takes a step back from BG2.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not so good
My problem is I played this AFTER I played BG2. BG2 is much better in graphics quality, side quests etc. At first I thought it would be better to create your own party (IWD) as opposed to meeting up with people and asking them to join, (BG2) but the interactions you get with NPCs well make up for that. If you can only have one or the other go with BG2. If you want both, I suggest you play IWD first, then move on to BG2.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not quite BG 2, but fun nonetheless
Not nearly as sprawling as BG 2 which leaves less gameplay, barely any side quests. I, for one, consider that to be a fault, as RPG's should be a long journey, giving you maximum time to develop your characters.

That you can create your entire party is very cool. That there are zero NPC's who will join you is a bit [uncool]. Why can't we have it both ways?

The one big thing Icewind Dale has over BG 2, that running it on my iMac (9.2 and 128 RAM) was a lot smoother. Yes, the battles could get choppy, same as BG 2, but the area to area loading screens took a lot less time.

All in all, if you get through BG 2 and are starved for more, then get this.

4-0 out of 5 stars RPG at their best
Several months since Icewind Dale showed up at my door step, I'm still hacking and slashing my way through it. I patiently followed Baldur's Gate and its uninspiring add-on 'Tales of the Sword Coast' to the amazing and complex 'Baldur's Gate II:Shadows of Amn', glad to see they're still converting games in this series to Mac. I was disappointed at first to make up a new party from scratch, since you can't import your character from Baldur's Gate, but the gameplay makes up for this flaw. Like most games in this series, it has a sharp learning curve at first, as many of your weaker characters aren't too many stabs from dying. Once you make it through an area or two, it gets better as your characters advance. Quests and areas move in a fairly straight line, unlike 'Shadows of Amn' that gave you an overwhelming number of quests to complete in nearly any order you wish. I did have occasional problems with it crashing in 9.2, but I save frequently, something you should do anyway. I hope they continue to port all the RPG's games in this series..especially when i finish this game in another month or so. Great game, especially if you like RPGs.

3-0 out of 5 stars A good game but with several flaws
Icewind Dale is an rpg using the same tecnology as Baldur's Gate, the pc version was released several years ago, and now that this game has managed to make its way to the mac, it seems a little out dated. The graphics are a mix of BG1 & 2, using monsters, etc, from both, but the scenery and spell effects seem better than BG's. So graphics wise, this game is fine, though nothing spectacular. As far as sound, the music I think is very good, it gives you a good sense of what is taking place in the game. (Although some of the ambient sounds get VERY annoying.) Through out the course of the game, I got this feeling that I had done it all before, because I have played both BG 1 & 2 through several times, that took away from it I think. Lastly, the system requirements are not as stated on the box, believe me. My computer can play BG2 perfectly, which theoretically should be more demanding, but when I played Icewind Dale, it often got very laggy, especially when you are facing hordes of monsters, which you will do VERY often. So because of the low performance quality, and the relative age of the graphics, this game is fun, but not the greatest, and if you want a good rpg, choose BG2, which is excellent. ... Read more


137. Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation (Mac)

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Asin: B00004TEY8
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Aspyr Media
Sales Rank: 3679
Average Customer Review: 3.75 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Good Game but loss of coherent story
Another great game in the Tomb Raider series at least from the play and entertainment value. The puzzles are fun, the landscapes beautiful, and the lack of pointlessly difficult jumps, timed runs, and fewer boobie-traps make this an enjoyable experience. Alas! you can SAVE your game again (not those stupid blue crystals that we all learned to hate from TRIII)!

On the other hand, I found the story line rather difficult to follow and it is not always clear who is friend or foe. Sure, everyone in the game that isn't Lara and alive has to be shot and killed but why do some of them help Lara in her quest when she has just mowed-down ten of their friends? Ever since Tomb Raider III there has been a strange moral ambiguity about Ms. Croft. Is she a feminine heroin fighting the forces of evil or is anyone fair game in search of treasure? Ok, so this isn't supposed to be a fairy tale for kids but come on - where is the consistency?

Oh, and by the way....all those beautiful rooms shown off at the beginning of the game - don't get your hopes up high - they are NOT in the actual game. Nice.

Anyway, it was a fun game to play (although the end is rather - atypical) and no Lara Croft fan should miss this one. I am just hoping that we will return to a Lara Croft we can believe in...

4-0 out of 5 stars "Save game" problem is user error, not software bug
I talked with someone at Aspyr Media, who said they had gotten a lot of calls about the "unable to save game" bug. It's not really a bug, I found out--it's what happens when people try and save their games to the CD-ROM! He said this happens when people try to play the game from the CD, and not from the hard drive. Hope this helps!

3-0 out of 5 stars This game has bugs in it.
This game is very good except for one gigantic error. I have found that it is impossible to save you game on the Mac version of Tomb Raider TLR. I have found other people on the internet who have had the same problem. I would reccomend waiting until the problem is fixed before buying the game.

5-0 out of 5 stars 4.99999999
I've played this game not on Macintosh, but on a PC. But the game is still the same, right? Right. From what I've seen so far, TR 4 has the best graphics and cut scenes yet. That's part of what makes this a great game. The puzzles are very challenging, if you don't realize that you have to jump to a certain place, or backtrack a little to a certain place, or just stand and jump instead of running and jumping first, or check if a surface is climbable. If you're the ambicious type that says, "OK, I'm going to go through the entire game without dying," don't be dissappointed. Because that's NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. My recomendation is saving A LOT. After you get to a new level, save. After you just complete a challenging puzzle, save.

Every game (at least the ones I've tried so far) have sort of a training level in them. This game's training level is kind of a flashback to when Lara was sixteen and visits Egypt with this gung ho professor guy.

If you could rate this game a 4.99999999, that's what I'd rate it (because sometimes you can get really frustrated looking for a solution to a puzzle or trying to make an impossable jump). ... Read more


138. Baby Einstein Baby Newton Fun with Shapes
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Asin: B00007M9N3
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Disney Interactive
Sales Rank: 1839
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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From spinning planets to shining stars and whirling pizzas, lovable Baby Newton guides parent and baby through five fascinating activities filled with sights, sounds, and words. Vibrant colors, interactive animation, and the music of Vivaldi help you teach your baby about basic shapes. Using real-world objects, Baby Newton: Fun with Shapes introduces baby to circles, squares, triangles, rectangles, and more. Parents can incorporate photos of family members, pets, and household objects to personalize the play. Two fun modes, learning and guess, extend the educational play. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Baby drugs
I call this baby drugs because when my child plays this game he becomes completely involved and will watch it forever. However, this is not really and interactive game as much as it is a video on the computer. True, the child must press some key for the game to continue, but it is highly irregular. At some points in the game pressing the keyboard will do nothing until the entire scene has been played. In my opinion this leads to the child not truly understanding the cause and effect of pressing the keyboard. The child never has to "point and click" but they can drag the mouse over the item desired to select and it will automatically choose it. The problem this leads to is if the mouse stays in the correct spot the game will continue to move forward with no requirement of the child. Its rather difficult to explain, but the best way to put it is that this turns into a video for the child to watch. It does not require any parental control so if you need to do a chore and keep your child interested without your supervision this game works. However, if you truly want your child to have an interactive game I would advise Reader Rabit. This game will keep your childs attention but it would be cheaper to just buy a DVD. You child will learn just as much from that. ... Read more


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks

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

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


140. Mia's Science Adventure - "Romaine's New Hat"
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Asin: B00005O6QG
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 904
Average Customer Review: 3.75 out of 5 stars
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This adventure begins with Mia wearing her mother's gorgeous new hat, without permission, while playing on the roof of her house. Without warning, a torrential downpour washes Mia down the drainpipe. She barely manages to avoid being swept into the sewer, but her mother's hat slips away. Down the sewer it goes, where a rat named Romaine and his wretched cousins find it. Mia must get the hat back from Romaine or she'll be in some kind of trouble. With help, Mia must find enough "sparklies" to trade for her mother's hat. But hurry--mother will be calling her home soon.

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

Reviews (4)

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

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

DO NOT BUY EVEN FOR $

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

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


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