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    1. Black & White Platinum Pack
    $39.99
    2. Chessmaster 9000 (Mac)
    $49.99 $33.90
    3. Command and Conquer Generals (Mac)
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    4. Zoombinis Mini 2 Pack
    $29.99 $24.90
    5. Sim City 4: Rush Hour Expansion
    $19.99 $17.88
    6. Space Colony (Mac)
    $29.99 $25.97
    7. Learn To Play Chess With Fritz
    $5.98 list($24.99)
    8. Scooby-Doo: Jinx at the Sphinx
    $9.99 $5.72
    9. Who Wants to be a Millionaire
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    10. Playhouse Disney The Wiggles,
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    11. SET:The Computer Game
    $29.99 $27.56
    12. Riddle of the Sphinx 2: The Omega
    $9.94 list($19.99)
    13. Putt-Putt Joins the Circus
    $19.99 $17.81
    14. Black & White (Mac)
    $29.99 $27.88
    15. Worms 3D (Mac)
    $7.60 list($19.99)
    16. I Spy Junior:Puppet Playhouse
    $5.49 list($19.99)
    17. I Spy School Days
    $29.99 $25.97
    18. X-Words Deluxe (Mac)
    $2.04
    19. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire:
    $49.99 $38.55
    20. Republic: The Revolution (Mac)

    1. Black & White Platinum Pack (Mac)
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    Asin: B0001MBATC
    Catlog: Video Games
    Publisher: Feral Interactive
    Sales Rank: 4232
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    2. Chessmaster 9000 (Mac)
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    Asin: B0000VMIM2
    Catlog: Video Games
    Publisher: Feral Interactive
    Sales Rank: 1974
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    Features

    • Smart, popular chess software
    • Learn how to play like a master
    • Incredible 3-D sets, boards, and backgrounds
    • Tons of features to improve learning
    • For 1 or 2 players

    3. Command and Conquer Generals (Mac)
    list price: $49.99
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    Asin: B0000EWNVA
    Catlog: Video Games
    Publisher: Aspyr Media
    Sales Rank: 1504
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • You are the commanding general in this strategic realtime game of modern day warfare
    • 3 sides to choose from: USA, China, or the GLA terrorist group
    • Tons of modern warfare vehicles, equipment and weapons
    • Each side has unique characters, weapons, and vehicles
    • For 1 player, or multi-player over Internet

    Reviews (5)

    5-0 out of 5 stars runs ok for me
    Bought it after playing the demo. it runs well even on my eMac 700, but i do have it maxed out. 160GB Hard Drive and a Gig of memory. note to anyone with same type of machine/processor who wants to buy this game, set all the graphics to the lowest settings. you still get decent eye candy, but i did notice that with the factory setting, the building construction seems cooler on highest and lowest settings. also, when you use the ultimate weapon for either team, you don't see the Big explosion, but for me on loss. I bought it for the amount of thinking you need to do.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Way too High!
    Well... while C&CG is a solid game... it has major faults, the first being the requirments being far too high. My 800 Mhz can barely run it (yes, technicly the game needs 1 Ghz.. but that is insane, as the 800 i have is still a top notch machine), and my dads 1 Ghz machine is not much better (and is less than a month or two old).
    As for the game itself... while the graphics are nice, gameplay solid, the AI sucks... not even providing a challange for me on the highest settings. However, multiplayer is a redeming factor, saving the game.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Demo review, be warned
    Might be slow. Be warned, I played the Demo on my Power book G4 12 inch (with 1Ghz processor and 1.25GB RAM). It ran fine, just slow. Also, the graphics aren't as good as Warcraft III. I think you would need a G5 to play this and enjoy it, so perhaps this is one for the Hard Core C&C fans out there.

    5-0 out of 5 stars "The Best Game Ever"
    This game is the best game I have ever played. I played it on the PC and It is great. I can't wait for this game to come to the mac. I love war games and I played a lot of war games and this is my favorite war game ever.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Should be called "Age of Generals"
    First off, the reason it should be called "Age Of Generals". The older Command and Conquer games, for the PC, had a very unique gameplay type and interface that is hard to explain, while Generals is more like your average strategy game, such as Age Of Empires or Warcraft. Also, the money system has changed from the older games.

    Now, to the reviewing. WHile it is different from the older Command and COnquers which i lvoe so much, IT IS BETTER THAN ALL OF THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I've played it for PC and it may turn out a bit different for the Mac, but it would probably only be visually different. Choose form 3 unigue armies; The United States of America, The People's Republic of China, and, my favorite, The Global Liberation Army.
    the GLA is my fav because I love their cheap disposable units ((i like big armies :) )) and the fact that they don't need power for the buildings.
    Another new feature introduced in Command and Conquer: Generals; general abilities. Similar to the God Powers in Age of Mythology, each army has a different set of unique abilities; these abilities can upgrade or battle-harden units,give you new types of units, give you special super weapons, and special sneaky attacks((like China's artillery strike or GLA's Ambush)). Here is 1 example of a General ability from each army:
    -USA: A-10 Strike; Up to 3 A-10 THunderbolt II fighters unload their air-to-ground missiles on a target area, devastating everything in that area.
    -China: The Red Guard veteran ability gives all Red Guard units battle-hardeness, making all of those units produced start out with Veteran status.
    -GLA: The Anthrax Bomb ability lets you send an old bomber to drop an anthrax-filled bomb on a large target area every 4 minutes. The bom does virtually nothing to medium-to-heavy armoured units, but instantly destroys and infanry units. It also leaves behind some disease for awhile.

    Another new thing introduced is the Super weapons each side owns.
    Multiple ones can be built and each fires the weapon in different amounts of time
    USA: The Ion cannon is a classic of the Command and COnquer series. It is a concentrated laser beam that does damage to a small area and you can move around. Takes 2 minutes to charge.
    CHINA: A nuclear missile. Thats all you need to know. Decimates everything in a large area and leaves behind a bit of radiation. Takes 5:00 to load a new missile
    GLA: The SCUD storm. Fires several anthrax-loaded SCUD missiles at a target area and does medium damage to structures, kills most armoured units and all infantry. Leaves behind anthrax for a long time.
    Takes 4 minutes to charge.

    Command and COnquer will be the greatest thing to happen to Mac gaming ever. You guys won't know whats about to hit you. Can't wait until April 22. Peace out. ... Read more


    4. Zoombinis Mini 2 Pack
    list price: $19.99
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    Asin: B00008OE50
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: The Learning Company
    Sales Rank: 46
    Average Customer Review: 4.57 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Go on an epic adventure of math and logic with the Zoombinis Logical Journey and Zoombinis Mountain Rescue educational software titles. Embark on a dangerous quest to a new Zoombini homeland and learn critical logic and mathematical thinking skills. Trek across treacherous terrain strewn with perilous mind-bending puzzles. Learn important life skills such as deductive reasoning, pattern recognition, hypothesis testing, and more, while leading the Zoombinis to freedom. These entertaining adventures are a journey into the math of the information age. Develop the cognitive mathematical thinking skills used in writing computer programs, organizing spreadsheet data, and searching for information on computer networks. ... Read more

    Reviews (65)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Love, love, love this game...
    I was introduced to this game while helping out in an elementary school computer class (yeah, I'm technically a grown-up). It's an engaging way to teach logic skills, and the puzzles are a lot of fun. I agree that there are a LOT of Zoombinis to save (the purpose of the game)and that once you've mastered the higher levels it's a bit tedious to keep playing the harder versions of the puzzles, especially if there are any you don't like to begin with.

    On the other hand, this game is wonderful for a variety of age groups (some of the younger kids may need some help figuring out the logic behind the puzzles), for different ethnicities (the Zoombinis are blue), and genders (most of the characters are somewhat ambiguous on gender, and the Zoombinis are all equal). I've seen it played solo, and in groups, with equally enjoyable results. And there are a number of resources available for educators, parents, etc. to help your kids make meaning from the games they are playing.

    All in all, this is a must for any elementary/middle school computer educator, and a highly recommended for parents who want their kids to use computers as a tool as well as a toy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best logic games, all in a fun package
    I'm a 13-year-old boy, I loved Zoombinis ever since it came out about 7 years ago, and I still love it now. Zoombinis is a great education game, it teaches logic and mathematical skills essential to learn, and also lets children (and adults) have fun while doing it.

    Zoombinis is set apart from so many other logic games by adding characters that are enjoyable and funny to a 2nd grader, while not being so annoying or childish that a 7th grader cannot enjoy or laugh at them as well.

    Another way Zoombinis excels is in the way it adjusts to the user's ability. The game will start out easy and teach more simplistic concepts, and after the user is comfortable with that, it will move on to more complex problems.

    A nice thing about this game is that it will encourage someone to learn and keep going. It can all happen because the game is both educational and fun, and the child will get a sort of self-satisfaction when they accomplish something. Whenever a puzzle is completed, the user gets a little bit closer to the goal of saving all the Zoombinis, and this gives them something to work for.

    Zoombinis consists of 12 different puzzles for the user to go thru, and one of the factors that have made it so successful is how it makes the user actually think. Instead of letting you just guess the answers, Zoombinis has you think about why a certain answer does or doesn't work, then lets you come up with some sort of practical method to solve such problems, which can later be applied to more advanced levels of education (I am currently taking geometry, and I still use many of the methods I learned here to help me solve problems).

    In all, Zoombinis is one of the most valuable and fun game (educational or not) that I have ever used. It is a great product, and I would certainly recommend it.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Nice Game, but just a little hard
    I got this game with a multipack and it rocks!!! But just kind of a little hard but I like it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars My kids loved it!
    Not only fun but a great logic builder! The best peice of software I've bought for my kids!

    5-0 out of 5 stars What a great surprise!
    We love this game! When I was searching for new games for my girls, 8 & 11, I came across this game, but made the mistake of not ordering it. One day, my daughter came home from her computer class and raved about this game - I ordered the Logical Journey and Mountain Rescue...I am so glad that I did. My 8 year old and I enjoy playing Logical Journey together - its a little more basic and easier for her to understand. My older daughter prefers the Mountain Rescue - the graphics are a little more advanced and she enjoys the games more. I would recommend these games to anyone looking for fun, safe, and mentally challenging entertainment! ... Read more


    5. Sim City 4: Rush Hour Expansion Pack (Mac)
    list price: $29.99
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    Asin: B0001DB6L8
    Catlog: Video Games
    Publisher: Aspyr Media
    Sales Rank: 1554
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    Features

    • Expansion to Sims 4 allows god-like control over city infrastructure
    • Players take complete individual control of roads, rail, air, waterways, and even vehicles
    • Choose from modern European or three historical architectural eras
    • Introduce new disasters into your city
    • For 1 player

    6. Space Colony (Mac)
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    Asin: B0001LTT3C
    Catlog: Video Games
    Publisher: Aspyr Media
    Sales Rank: 1715
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    7. Learn To Play Chess With Fritz & Chesster 2 (Mac)
    list price: $29.99
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    Asin: B00076YWII
    Catlog: Software
    Manufacturer: Viva Media
    Sales Rank: 782
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    Features

    • For kids age 8 and older
    • A new chess adventure with Fritz, Bianca, and Chesster
    • Covers openings, middle-game tactics, endgames, and more
    • More than 20 mini games within the game for practice
    • Powered by "Fritz", the world's leading chess software

    8. Scooby-Doo: Jinx at the Sphinx
    list price: $24.99
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    Asin: B00005LBVR
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: The Learning Company
    Sales Rank: 339
    Average Customer Review: 3.85 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Join Scooby-Doo and the gang in Egypt as they visit Velma's Egyptologist cousin, Thelma. While visiting the pyramids in Giza, they find Thelma is missing and a mysterious mummy is frightening all the tourists away. It's up to the gang to find Thelma and wrap up the mummy for good. Kids help Scooby-Doo and his friends by telling them what to do and who to talk to. Along the way, they'll encounter ghosts, puzzles, and hair-raising adventure.

    Kids must solve more than 10 different puzzles and activities to solve each mystery. The adventure is never the same. The mystery changes each time you play, with new clues and a different villain and outcome. Turn up the gameplay and the challenge with three levels of difficulty: Spooky! for ages 5 and 6; Spookier! for ages 7 and 8; and Spooktacular! for ages 9 and 10. The game builds thinking and problem-solving skills by utilizing research skills, deductive reasoning, and logical analysis. ... Read more

    Reviews (13)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Zoiks!
    My kids ages 5 and 8 loved this game. It flows just like the cartoon show on TV, as we follow Scooby and the gang as they search for clues to solve the mystery. My kids had it completely solved in an hour or so, then played it a few more times to see the different clues and villains, and now they're done with it--not 24 hours since we brought it home! They want to play the next two Scooby games now. "If it hadn't been for those meddling kids..."

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I expected.
    As crazy as my children are about Scooby Doo, I expected this game to be exceptional. Although my 7 year old has played it quite a bit [and I probably got my money's worth] he quickly leaves it to go back to other software games like: Train Simulator, Oregon Trail, Lionel's Trans Con, and Mission THINK. The game advances slowly and the graphics are flat like watching the cartoon. Guess I was expecting more educational basis to this software, but find it's really more like watching the show on TV.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Thank goodness it was a gift!
    I wouldn't buy this for my kids. Thankfully it was a gift for my 8-year old daughter. She tried to play it on her own at first and couldn't really figure out what to do, I guess she didn't read or listen to the instructions. The instruction file was enormous and complicated to follow for the specified age group. I played it on my own later to see what in fact this was all about. I solved the mystery and actually enjoyed myself, then my daughters(4&8) played it and the mystery was exactly the same for the next 3 times they used it. Maybe I haven't found how to change the level of difficulty, but I felt that everything was too obvious and not really a "mystery". I felt the kids were being humored and this game was really dumbed down. We haven't picked it up again since then, it has been a couple of weeks now. They'd much rather stick to "Clue Finders" and other such programs or the written word than play this game. They may give it another shot soon. Bottom line, this game just doesn't suit our tastes.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I suspected.
    This game is rather easy an does not contain many challenges for my 4-year old. The game was very easy to complete. The game becomes boring rather quickly at times because you had to keep going back and forth from place to place to solve the game. Sometimes you get stuck and am not sure where to go next until you explore some of the places again because the scenes change as the game progresses. The game has excellent graphics and sound but a mediocre story. The game needed more action.

    5-0 out of 5 stars OOOOOOO IS THIS BAD! RATHER EAT DOG FOOD
    AWFUL AND NO EDUCATIONAL VALUE FOR YOUR CHILDREN ... Read more


    9. Who Wants to be a Millionaire Platinum Edition
    list price: $9.99
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    Asin: B00005LQSN
    Catlog: Video Games
    Publisher: Disney Interactive
    Sales Rank: 1245
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    Features

    • You can jump right into the game show action, with the original Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
    • It features over 700 tough trivia questions, which you can answer with help from your lifelines
    • Try Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? 2nd Edition, for even more game-show excitement -- just like the show, from the fastest-finger competition, to Regis' wisecracks
    • The sports fan can test their knowledge by getting into the Hot Seat with Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Sports Edition

    10. 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


    11. 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


    12. Riddle of the Sphinx 2: The Omega Stone (Mac)
    list price: $29.99
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    Asin: B00014VTK0
    Catlog: Video Games
    Publisher: Dreamcatcher Interactive
    Sales Rank: 4452
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Travel to the ends of the earth in search of a lost history in this epic adventure
    • Stunningly realistic 3D replications of the world's most mysterious sites
    • Real-time environmental effects with full 360-degree environment exploration
    • Over 50 hours of immersive gameplay with puzzles and challenges throughout
    • Animations, video, and cut scenes, with in-game, real-time animations and video

    Reviews (2)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Childpay
    This is a logic game, but is tedious if you are looking for a brainteaser. It is an endless saga of clearing mini-puzzle after mini-puzzle , most that are predictable and simple. A few are more challenging. This game could be good for 8 to 12 year olds, but older people may lose interest. Simple, but acceptable graphics. Point and click to play.

    5-0 out of 5 stars New Adventure Game for the Mac (Panther)
    I just received my copy of DreamCather's "The Omega Stone" for Mac OS X. I've only just started the game so this review is about my initial reaction to gameplay in general and not about the game itself. Hey, so far so good. The graphics are first rate as well as some nice background Egyptian-like music. My Mac is an iMac 17" FP, G4 800 MHz, 768RAM and OS X (10.3.2 Panther). No problems whatsoever. Downloading the game was a snap, just a simple click and it installs into your Applications folder. I have a feeling that I will be playing this game for a long while. Lot's to explore. It's been awhile since DreamCatcher has made a video game for the Mac. This is to my knowledge the first game by them for the Mac that's actually native to OS X. My other 2 DreamCather games, Dracula's Resurrection and Dracula:The Last Santuary both had to be played in OS 9.2. Nice job Dreamcatcher and thanks for supporting the Mac. ... Read more


    13. Putt-Putt Joins the Circus
    list price: $19.99
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    Asin: B00004TJCM
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Atari
    Sales Rank: 170
    Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    Putt-Putt and Pep are on their way to the circus, and they're looking forward to three rings of fun. Unfortunately, a hungry goat eats their ticket, so the car and his canine pal must earn their way to a ringside seat. Fortunately, the circus owner has some serious problems, and he enlists Putt-Putt to solve them. The reward--if he succeeds in getting the circus up and running--is a free lifetime ticket to the big top.

    Putt-Putt Joins the Circus is a role-playing adventure for children between 3 and 8 years of age. The various circus performers are all refusing to do their shows, and Putt-Putt must change their minds, either by finding a lost item or winning a simple arcade-style challenge. The puzzles and arcade games are easy and straightforward, and users will find extensive animated sequences sprinkled throughout the story. Along the way, they can help out a number of talking vehicles and friendly circus animals. One word of warning: older players may find the animations too lengthy, and the simplicity of the challenges means they will finish the game quickly.

    Putt-Putt is an appealing character and he shines in this game, which features large, colorful graphics, great sound, good humor, and a nice mix of storytelling and problem solving. Putt-Putt Joins the Circus also comes with a parent/teacher guide, which suggests methods of reinforcing the lessons of teamwork and kindness that are the game's themes, a nice supplement to the gaming experience. --Alyx Dellamonica ... Read more

    Reviews (10)

    5-0 out of 5 stars excellent software for young game players
    If your child has played beginning software like JumpStart and is ready to move on to more advanced gameplay, Humongous Entertainment's Putt-Putt series (and Freddi Fish and Pajama Sam, as well) are an excellent choice. These titles take the cognitive tasks up a notch as children must accumulate specific items, navigate a number of locations, and use their problem-solving skills to help their friends and achieve larger goals. Along the way, kind and gentle Putt-Putt and his dog Pep will meet a number of nice characters, visit a variety of interesting locations and play games as they complete the larger tasks.

    In Putt-Putt Joins the Circus, the overarching goal is to earn a ticket to the show by performing a variety of tasks and helping the various acts prepare. You must get a nose for the clown, help the organ arrange her pipes, get a power drink to the strong-van, find a new tent for the fleas, etc. There are quite a few locations and objects, so it would be a good idea for you to help your child for a while. Eventually they will probably want to play on their own. The characters are lovable and there is a lot of humor here. We run it on a Mac and have had no problems at all -- very stable and easy to install.

    This is one of the best titles in a great series.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Why no positive reinforcement?
    I'm a parent of 2 children, 5 and 2. Both find this, as well as all Humongous software, quite a bit of fun. My problem, as a parent, is that after working on clues and spending as much as an hour getting through the game, all the positive reinforcement goes to the onscreen character, (Freddi Fish/Putt-Putt) and the child is left empty. Why on earth doesn't Putt-Putt acknowledge the child as the reason the game was solved? Accolades are heaped on Putt-Putt, while my five year old looks on with an expression frustration hoping someone onscreen will talk with her. Great games from Humongous, but they need to work more directly with the children playing them.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Putt-Putt is great
    I got putt putt with a computer that i had bought as one of the disks included. My son was 2 at the time and loved playing this game with me looking for missing clues and helping to put them together. now at 3 yrs of age he plays all by himself with it and knows exactly where to go each time he starts over.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great for Young Kids Age 4 to 7
    Add this one to the list of great (young) kid's games produced by Humongous, including the Freddi Fish & Pajama Sam series. Although my grandson has outgrown these titles, my great nieces and nephews are now playing them. They are both entertaining and educational.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A fun, fun game!
    Both my 3 1/2 yr. old and my 6 yr. old girls play this game. They both truly enjoy this game. In fact, I have to get them some of the other Putt-Putt games, because they enjoy them so much! This is a delightful game that teaches problem solving and memorization in a very fun way. It is a great game for either boys or girls. I would recommend this and any other Putt-Putt games. ... Read more


    14. Black & White (Mac)
    list price: $19.99
    our price: $19.99
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    Asin: B0001MBAT2
    Catlog: Video Games
    Publisher: Feral Interactive
    Sales Rank: 4148
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    15. Worms 3D (Mac)
    list price: $29.99
    our price: $29.99
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    Asin: B0000VMIMC
    Catlog: Video Games
    Publisher: Feral Interactive
    Sales Rank: 3223
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (2)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very Good
    The Worms 3D game was one of the best games ive played in a while. I have been a big fan of the "Worms" games and was dissapointed by Worms Blast. But this game takes the original Worms and gives it a whole new spin. But the only big thing that is a problem, is that you will have some trouble trying to aim. With it now in 3D you'll need to learn how to aim with large objects in your way.

    5-0 out of 5 stars what a fun game!
    I really love worms 3d, it's extremely addicting. The multiplayer is among the most fun multiplayer games I've ever experienced and the singleplayer is deeper than I thought it would be. Though I have had problems connecting to multiplayer over a modem...hotseat makes up for that and if you have a broadband connection gameranger should be no problem. So what are you doing sitting here reading my review? If you like worms buy this game and if you don't then download the demo first and then come back and buy this :-D ... Read more


    16. I Spy Junior:Puppet Playhouse
    list price: $19.99
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    Asin: B00004U1PM
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Scholastic
    Sales Rank: 3830
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Based on the I Spy book series by Jean Marzollo and Walter Wick, I Spy Junior: Puppet Playhouse features puppets, games, and riddles to promote listening and problem-solving skills. An interactive story about a princess and a sneaky dragon strengthens rhyming and other word skills, a puppet-making workshop teaches kids to follow directions, and a magical animated tree helps promote early reading skills. Seven play areas in all offer a variety of fun learning activities. ... Read more

    Reviews (4)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Boring...
    This was so heavily hyped, I had to have it for my five-year old twin girls. What a bore. They're either too old for it, or there is the outside chance that Scholastic really didn't put a lot of effort into this. It would bore a three-year old. Compare to Spooky Mansion or Treasure Island - can't compare with these gems. I'm 50 and play the latter two.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best children's software I've seen yet
    I have never taken the time to review a product, but I love this CD so much I felt I had to. It is the best software that I have bought for my kids so far. The colors, the characters and the graphics are terrific and even manage to hold mom's attention!! Never mind, that my daughter really loves it too. Another thing that was good about it is that it's teaching my daughter basic mouse skills and there are quite a few different activities to play so kids won't get bored easily. I'll be looking for more software from this company as I find that most of the stuff out there for kids is a big waste of money.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Not perfect, but very good
    My 2 1/2 year old son has really taken to this. It's a really great idea and it's well executed. You have four puppet shows and three games. The graphics are very well done and very realistic, with no cartoon-like figures. Everything is a scan of a real object. The games are building your own puppet, building your own still image from a puppet show, and sorting. Sorting really is what early math is all about. I'm glad they have it.

    The puppet shows are where you will spend most of your time. Each show is composed of four or five scenes which have a dozen or so clickable objects. A riddle appears at the bottom and you have to find the three or four objects that are in the riddle. When you click on a riddle object, it does something and advances the story. Each scene has two riddles and when you have gone through all the scenes, your done with that show. A kid might eventually learn the locations of all the objects in a particular show, but with four shows, it will take a while.

    There is only one real problem I have with it, based on several sessions of lap play with my son. Because there are about a dozen objects in each scene, but you only need 3 or 4 for the riddle, the rest of the objects don't do anything when you click on them. I think every object should do something (wiggle, glow or zoom, at the very least) when it gets clicked, not just the riddle objects. This has led to my sons newest vocabulary word: "doesntwork". If not this, then at least the riddle objects from the first of the pair of riddles for a particular scene should still be active for the second of the pair. So, when you click on a riddle object from the first riddle, it should still do something, if not it's original action, when you are finding the objects from the second riddle. As it is now, my son tries to click on the objects which were just active in the previous riddle, but they "doesntwork".

    But, overall, I'm pleased with it. There is no violent action and it is pretty exploratory and creative, as advertised.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Decent Game for Kids Under 5
    This is a good choice for children under 5. I was impressed that the graphics and game play were appealing, and utilized the latest features from Macromedia.

    I get SO tired of childrens games that look and play as though they were made for a Windows 3x machine, circa 1994. This game will not disapoint. ... Read more


    17. I Spy School Days
    list price: $19.99
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    Asin: B00004U1PN
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Riverdeep
    Sales Rank: 185
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (7)

    5-0 out of 5 stars My 8 yr old loves I spy!
    For those who say this is boring, maybe your kids should just stick to video games. My son is loving the books and the computer games. He conquers them pretty quickly and we have to buy more but hey, it's getting his mind working looking for hidden items. We went for an open house at his school a few months ago and the teacher picked up an I Spy book and said that it was the main thing all the kids fought over in class. We love all the books, computer games and the gameboy game that is out. Good investment for little thinkers out there!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Can't find 12th ladybug!
    I really like this game but I am annoyed that I can't find the last ladybug in the find me game. I can find no game hint support sites either. Has anyone else had this problem? Is it a bug (ha ha) in the program? I have spent weeks looking but always find the ones I've already found. Can anyone out there help me? I am not a child, but my daughter can't find it either. Apparantly the game will not finish until all bugs are found because I have found all the treasures. Does this game not have more than one complete game to play? I thought it had 3 like treasure hunt.
    Thanks,

    5-0 out of 5 stars Will Keep You Thinking....
    My 6 year old daughter loves this game. It is not easy and keeps her thinking. I some times find some of the items hard to find but with persistance you will find them. It is never boring. The whole family enjoys this software.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Elementary Kids Love It!
    I am a computer lab teacher in an elementary school. Last year, I used this software for quite a few weeks when my Kindergarten through Grade 3 students came in for activity period. Students in grades 4-6 would beg to get a chance to use the software when their assignment for the day was completed.

    It was a stretch for Kindergarten to find some of the items, because they did not recognize some of the items in the riddles, but I made sure to point these out in lessons and then circulated to help them more.

    It was exciting to watch as students became absorbed in this activity, and most of them grew in their visual and verbal awareness. Children in grades 1-3 could either click to hear the descriptions or read for themselves.

    Yes, it is on the shelf this year, but will taken out to be used in two years. This year I bought I Spy Spooky Mansion for use, and next year hope to get the Î Spy Treasure software if I can find the funding.

    1-0 out of 5 stars I Spy School Days-big bore
    My six year old great nephew completed all of the activities within two hours. He was moderately interested in the beginning and bored by the time he finished. I watched as he played, and thought they were boring, too. ... Read more


    18. X-Words Deluxe (Mac)
    list price: $29.99
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    Asin: B0001DB6J0
    Catlog: Video Games
    Manufacturer: Freeverse Software
    Sales Rank: 9063
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    Features

    • A totally configurable interface -- make your own board, word lists, and bonus words!
    • Numerous competitive opponents, each with adjustable skill levels and his/her own running commentary!
    • Network play on the Mac via GameSmith.
    • Many different boards and scenarios!
    • Special word lists for kids, for experts, even for Manx Gaelic-speakers!

    19. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Second Edition

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    Asin: B00004RIPJ
    Catlog: Video Games
    Publisher: Disney Interactive
    Sales Rank: 2585
    Average Customer Review: 3.74 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    The first version of Who Wants To Be a Millionaire was the third bestselling game of 1999 and continues to fly off store shelves, so a sequel was inevitable. Who Wants To Be a Millionaire: 2nd Edition gives fans 600 more questions and brilliantly captures the feel of the TV show. The only thing missing is the cash.

    The game was developed by Jellyvision, famous for its irreverent You Don't Know Jack series of trivia games. Although the designers didn't have much to work with considering how Spartan the set of Who Wants To Be a Millionaire is, they did a masterful job of simulating both the mechanics and the drama of the television show, wrapping everything up in a slick interface that is immediately recognizable.

    It seems impossible that players could feel any tension playing Who Wants To Be a Millionaire: 2nd Edition when no real money is at stake, but the game's perfect pacing did a nice job of at least making us think we were playing for cash. That's because it doesn't deliver an immediate response when a question is answered. Just as in the game show, if you answer a question quickly host Regis Philbin will confirm or reject your answer quickly. As the game progresses and the questions get tougher there is more of a pause between your answer and the confirmation. Regis will make some comments, sometimes offering you the chance to change your mind by asking the now grating "Is that your final answer?" as the show's music and a drum roll build tension in the background. The delays were surprisingly unnerving, making us constantly second-guess our answers.

    Should a question prove too tough you can always fall back on your three lifelines. The designers polled 50 random people to provide data for the "Ask the Audience" lifeline, and The Reege's friends dispense audio advice for the "Phone a Friend" option. Of course, the 50/50 lifeline is also available.

    All these elements coalesce to form a surprisingly fun trivia game, and one of the few available that is more fun to play solo than with a group of friends (although playing cooperatively with a few buddies can be fun). Games rarely take more than 20 minutes, so it's perfect for a quick trivia fix--we just wish it came with more questions. Guess we'll have to wait for the flood of sequels that is sure to follow. --T. Byrl Baker

    Pros:

    • Atmosphere provides some tension
    • Near-perfect simulation of the hit TV show
    • Lifelines are implemented well
    Cons:
    • Questions quickly run out
    • Doesn't come with a million dollars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Great Experience -- Content Lacking
    This game does as well as it can to replicate the TV experience. Regis' voice and videos, lifelines just as on the show, the whole works. But you'd better enjoy it, because the "replay value" is minimal. There are only about 600 questions here, and that means that after about 20 games, you will be seeing a lot of repeat questions, enough to really spoil the fun.

    On a CD there should be room for many thousands of questions. But the use of audio files for the "phone-a-friend" lifeline likely eats up a lot of the available space. If they were all authentic, some people might judge it worthwhile. But most of them seem to be the silly "psychic hotline" responses, and these are definitely not worth it.

    At ..., it still makes sense for fans of the show to give this a shot -- just be aware that you'll only get a week or two of enjoyment out of it. If you want a larger database of questions, consider the board game at ..., which *does* have several thousand questions.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Awful!
    The questions are IMPOSSIBLE to answer - especially with the stupid time limit (which, correct me if I'm wrong, ISN'T on the show) -- The first $100 question I was asked was which popular singer is referred to as the Chairman of the Board...

    Silly questions - WAY to hard to answer... stupid game. And Regis Philbin is the most annoying man alive!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good Game
    This is a fairly good game. Some of the graphics get a little distorted at times, but they are pretty good. Some of the questions take a lot of time to think about it, but there is a 30 second time limit, so you have to think fast! The questions do start to repeat after you have played it for a while, but usually the questions don't repeat too often. I have three HP computers and this game works on all of them so the compatibilty shouldn't be an issue. Overall, this is a good game if you are looking for some entertainment, but you still want to learn something when playing the game!

    1-0 out of 5 stars won't run on windows xp
    i was very disapointed to not be able to install and run this game i just wanted to let anyone else out there who was thinking about getting this game to know .....there is nothing on box to let you know and if there is its so small i still haven't found it ......

    1-0 out of 5 stars HORRIBLE!
    I bought this game about a year ago for a good price...but guess what it's done for a year. It's sat on my shelf and collected dust. If you haven't gotton my point already...THIS IS A TERRIBLE GAME! First of all, if you think Regis is annoying on T.V.... Also, the questions are almost IMPOSSIBLE to answer. (However, I am only a kid, so adults might argue with that last comment.) Also, if you don't answer the fastest finger question right after a few tries, the game exits! All in all, even though this game is priced good, it's REALLY bad. I'd give it -5 stars if I could. ... Read more


    20. Republic: The Revolution (Mac)
    list price: $49.99
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    Asin: B0000C8626
    Catlog: Video Games
    Publisher: Feral Interactive
    Sales Rank: 5946
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • A simulation game where youÆre a rebel leader out to oust the RepublicÆs President
    • Start with a single loyal follower, a tiny secret HQ, and a small base of local support
    • Build up a nationwide faction strong enough to rule the Republic
    • The path to supremacy is fraught with the danger
    • Graphics engine allows you to be as close or far away as you wish

    Reviews (1)

    5-0 out of 5 stars a new kind of gameplay
    I just bought Republic:Revolution yesterday, I have by no means gotten far enough in the game to explain it in great detail. I can say that I can tell if a game will be good, and this game like the editor's review pointed out, is very different then other games. This game is very real, the object of the gameplay is to overtake the president of a new free Russian state after the collapse of the soviet union, i have never seen a game so intense and real, the game is not action packed but it is more psychological and the game seems to have a mind of it's own.
    If you are a person looking for a challenge in computer gaming i highly recomend this game.
    I dont know where this game is headed, but if it lives up to the potential that I think it posseses, it will be a masterpiece.
    In this game you actually feel like you are alive and lost in the game ready to defend yourself, ready to start a REVOLUTION! ... Read more


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