||(Win95/98/Me/XP) (Jewel Case) (BARBIEPPJ)
Children: Ages 5 and Up
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
for pets in the park, garden or playground! Figure out the best way to rescue
Brush, feed, and
pet the rescued animals with Barbie.
puppy a bath by using the special on-screen cursor.
pets react with purrs, barks, wags and more.
games with each pet like the Hamster Maze, Kitten Keep Away and more! Earn
special awards for taking such good care of them.
fun discovering ways to rescue the missing animals.
Encourages nurturing and learning about pets!
problem solving within a realistic environment.
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.
"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
"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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