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ZOOM Scooby-Doo:
Phantom of the Knight
$14.95 (Win95/98/Me/2000/XP) (Retail Box) (SCOOBYPKPR)

Publisher: The Learning Company

Ages 5-10

Children's Mystery

Ratings:

A from Just Adventure

from Computing with Kids

Unriddle the Mystery of the Phantom Knight

A medieval ghost clad in armor on a fire-breathing dragon. `Jinkies! It's the Phantom Knight'. Has he kidnapped a princess from this ancient castle? Join Scooby and the gang in the search for suspects to uncover the terrible truth.

Lost in the forests of Nova Scotia, Scooby and the gang stumble upon a medieval castle. While investigating, they discover that the place is haunted and a princess has been kidnapped! Get set for a challenging maze, puzzles, and a magical wizard. Even test your skills against the unchivalrous Knights of the Snack Table. Help the gang solve the incredible mystery of the Phantom Knight.

Activities:

Venture into a haunted castle where a fair princess has been kidnapped

Search high and low for suspects and clues in magic mirrors and hidden mazes

Uncover the secret of the Phantom Knight to solve the mystery and save the day!

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/2000/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.

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!"

"Phantom of the Knight dares you to solve the mystery of the haunting of the Joust for Fun castle—a medieval-themed restaurant and family fun center. The Joust for Fun princess has been kidnaped by the Black Knight—the ghost of the castle's original owner—who is terrifying visitors with his fire-breathing dragon. All of the various options of Showdown are again available, but this time in a medieval setting. As before, there are five suspects—including Sir Lacksalot—and a variety of clues. Plus two medieval-theme arcade games—one based on Simon and the other an amusing update of the classic Tapper—add some welcome action sequences to the proceedings."

"My son Jacob and I put both of these games through the most rigorous test imaginable—could they entertain a ten-year-old who thinks like an adult and an adult who thinks like a ten-year-old, and the answer was a resounding "Ruh-roh"! If you have ever wanted to insert yourself into an episode of Scooby-Doo, then that moment has finally arrived. What more could you ask for then new mysteries, voiced by the actual actors and animation that is indistinguishable from the television show? How about some peanut butter and jelly-flavored Scooby Snacks?"

Computing with Kids by Jinny Gudmundsen

"Playing this mystery will expose children to seven different thinking activities and two arcade games. The mystery has just the right amount of spookiness, and the language and humor are true to the cartoon show. Cleverly, the clues and perpetrator of the mystery change each time you play; and there are three levels of difficulty thus providing good replayability.

"The puzzles embedded in this mystery are not that formidable, but finding them can be. Part of the fun is that this mystery requires children to be careful detectives. While the box targets children as young as five, the program plays best with children ages 7-10."



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