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ZOOM Scooby-Doo:
Showdown in Ghost Town
Sold Out (Win95/98/Me/XP) (Retail Box) (SCOOBYGTPR)
Discontinued


Publisher: The Learning Company

Ages 5-10

Children's Mystery

Ratings:

A from Just Adventure

from Computing with Kids

Unmask the Mystery of the Faceless Rider

A dark-cloaked figure on horseback. Green Glowing Eyes! `Zoinks! It's the Faceless Rider!' Why is this phantom terrorizing Los Burritos? Join Scooby and the gang in the quest for clues to solve this spine-tingling mystery!

Los Burritos sounded like a great place to stop for a snack, but Scooby and the gang soon learn that the town is haunted! Help the gang search for clues, but brace yourself for challenging puzzles, wild chases, even an outrageous pie-throwing showdown. Discover the amazing truth behind the mystery of the Faceless Rider!

Activities:

Welcome to Los Burritos. But be careful, the town is haunted.

Is the Faceless Rider the ghost of a legendary gold robber?

Meet suspicious characters and search for clues to solve the mystery!

Features:

Builds thinking and problem-solving skills:

Research Skills, Deductive Reasoning and Logical Analysis

The Mystery Changes Each Time You Play:

New clues, plus a different villain and outcome

Turn up the Excitement and the Challenge:

3 levels of difficulty for ages 5-10

Kids can play independently:

Provides help when your child need it

Requirements:

Windows 95/98/Me/XP: 166 MMX Pentium or higher, 32 MB RAM, 40 MB free hard disk space, 8x CD-ROM drive, 16 bit color display, set to 640 x 480 resolution, 16 bit sound card, speakers, mouse.

Tested OK on Windows XP.

Reviews:

Just Adventure by Randy Sluganski

"...The Learning Company is promoting the games as a tool to help "research, thinking and problem-solving skills along with logical analysis and deductive reasoning." Who gives a heck about any of that educational stuff? All I know is that both games are a lot of fun!

"Showdown in Ghost Town finds the super sleuths in the middle of Los Burritos, a haunted ghost town. The Faceless Rider, a ghost bandit from the past, is trying to keep visitors away from the town, and the Scooby gang attempts to find the truth behind the Faceless Rider's devious plot. There are 25 interactive areas from which to gather clues and interrogate suspects. Inventory items can be gathered and used to solve puzzles. And of course any time the gang is stumped, a Scooby snack will put them back on the right track.

"The best part of the game, though, is its replayability. Every time you start anew, there are all different clues and outcomes. The suspects and the scenes you meet them in stay the same, but areas that were previously searched must be searched again as they will contain different inventory items and characters will offer different clues. In fact, each game can contain up to 35 different clues with up to seven clues per suspect, including red herrings. There are also three levels of difficulty: Spooky (easy) for ages 5-6, Spookier (medium) for ages 7-8, and Spooktacular (hard) for ages 9-10. The Spooky level provides audio clues and tips from Scrappy Doo to help the younger gamer, while the Spooktacular level provides plenty of false leads and multiple solutions to keep the advanced gamer interested. (In fact, we have played through Showdown three times, once at each level!)"

Computing with Kids by Jinny Gudmundsen

"Kid-testers enjoyed playing this title but thought Scooby Doo! Phantom of the Knight was the stronger of the two. They noticed that some of the dialogue repeated and wished they could interrupt some of the animations."



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