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ZOOM Barbie
Pet Rescue
Sold Out (Win95/98/Me/XP) (Jewel Case) (BARBIEPPJ)

Publisher: Mattel

Children: Ages 5 and Up

Ratings:

from Discovery Schools

Join Barbie on a Pet Rescue Mission!

Think your mom wouldn't be thrilled if you brought home three kittens, two puppies and a bunny? Now bring home as many pets as you want without even asking permission! This fun game lets you lead Barbie® through beautiful environments searching for lost pets. You can care for over 20 cuddly animals, like puppies, kittens and bunnies. Plus you can pet, feed, brush, bathe and play games with the animals who actually react with purrs, barks and more!

You can also play fun games and activities with every pet! Plus, find clues to lead you to the mystery animal that has been causing mischief around Green Arbor Park!

Features:

Search for pets in the park, garden or playground! Figure out the best way to rescue each animal.

Brush, feed, and pet the rescued animals with Barbie.

Give your puppy a bath by using the special on-screen cursor.

Watch the pets react with purrs, barks, wags and more.

Play fun games with each pet like the Hamster Maze, Kitten Keep Away and more! Earn special awards for taking such good care of them.

Hours of fun discovering ways to rescue the missing animals.

Encourages nurturing and learning about pets!

Promotes problem solving within a realistic environment.

Requirements:

Windows 95/98/Me/XP: Pentium 166 MHz or better, 32 MB RAM, 95 MB free hard disk space, 8x CD-ROM drive, Color monitor, 16 bit sound card, 2 MB PCI based video card, DirectX 7.0 or later.

Tested OK on Windows XP.

Reviews:

Discovery Schools

"Light on educational value, but uncommonly entertaining, this program is guaranteed to please little animal lovers approximately aged 5-8. Though the program presents a somewhat superficial introduction to pet care, it is indisputably fun. Children and parents alike will find the program especially appealing on a sensory level and the featured pets simply irresistible."

"Rescue missions entail locating the powerless pets, and then determining how to rescue them. The predicaments these pets face are hardly perilous, and the problem solving required to do the deed is generally not too difficult. For example, in order to lure a parrot to capture, kids gather seeds from a patch of sunflowers, click on a plate they find on a fence post, and then watch as Barbie takes care of the rest. Once a pet is safely back at the Center, kids use the computer to create a file for the animal and perform a small job of caring for the animal, such as cleaning the shell of a turtle or removing a burr from the fur of a puppy. Children can, at any time, scroll through the pet rescue records to take a look at their roster of rescued animals, some of which include "thank you" emails from the pet's owner. As well, they receive special printable rewards for jobs well done."

"The animals - including cats, dogs, bunnies, and turtles - featured in the game are especially true to life. It's obvious that the developers spent some time with real animals before creating the pets in this graphically rich program. Besides the indisputable "wow" factor in the visual department, the overall theme of rescuing and caring for animals will certainly draw young children to the game. The program is entirely appropriate for children approximately 5-8, incorporating a nice mix of adventure and freeform game-play that is not too challenging and rarely, if ever, frustrating."



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