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ZOOM Jump Start
$9.95 (Win95/98/2000/Me/XP/Mac) (Retail) (JUMPEXPLDR)

Publisher: Knowledge Adventure

Ages 5 to 8


4.3 from Children's Software Revue

There's No Stopping a Kid with a Jump Start!

The time to ignite your child's interest in history is right now, while the window of opportunity is wide open.

Child development research indicates that children are most receptive to learning at an early age. JumpStart's early-learning products take advantage of this window of opportunity and offer children a solid foundation for future skill development.

Take Command of Five Incredible Expeditions

You'll make history as you blaze the trails with the world's greatest explorers. Jump right into the adventure as you travel back in time and team up with courageous explorers to reveal the secrets of newly discovered worlds. Five history-making expeditions on all:

  • Explore the Pyramids with King Tut
  • Claim first steps at the South Pole
  • Uncover the lost civilization of the Incas
  • Sail to Asia with Marco Polo
  • Discover the New World with the Pilgrims

Game Features and Activities:

Blaze Your Trail: What's the best route to your final destination? Play the mapping game to get your bearings straight.

Mission Accomplished: You have just landed one of history's biggest expeditions. Celebrate with a party in your honor.

Sneak a Peek: Want to know what life was really like in the places you're going? Animated videos give you the inside scoop.

Discover New Worlds: The Sphinx is a lion with the head of a king - but you can have fun designing it any way you like.

Race to the Finish: Make you way through twisting trails as you race to be the first to the South Pole.

Get Your Gear: Make a Chinese Noisemaker and celebrate the New Year! Printable games, decorations and crafts let you take the fun offline.

Explorers Discover: Famous world explorers, Ancient world history and cultures, Geography, Navigational skills, Problem solving.


Requirements: Windows 95/98, 486DX2 66 or higher, 2x CD-ROM drive, 16MB RAM , 15MB available on hard drive, 16Bit color, 640x480 screen resolution, Windows-compatible sound card, mouse.

Requires Windows 95 compatibility mode, 640x480 with 256 colors to run properly on Windows XP.

Requirements: Macintosh OS 7.1-9.2, 68040 40Mhz or PowerPC, 2x CD-ROM drive, 8MB RAM, 15MB available on hard drive, 16Bit color, 640x480 screen resolution, 13" or larger color monitor, mouse. Does not work on OS X (unknown if it works in Compatibility Mode).


Children's Software & New Media Revue, September/October 2001

"In this playful introduction to world history, children ages five through eight set out on a mission to find tadpoles hiding in five different time periods. Kids travel back in time to ancient Egypt, Plymouth Rock, Marco Polo's China, the lost civilization of the Incas and the first expedition to the South Pole. In each locale they learn about what life was like during that era, and they play games and puzzles. When the missing tadpoles are found, children are rewarded with a printable activity. Graphics are great and the program is entertaining and educational. Younger children will need help the first time through, as navigation is initially confusing. Activities include designing a silly Sphinx, basic map reading, making Chinese lanterns and more. What children are getting is exposure - hopefully sparking further interest in history."

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