||(Win95/98/Me/XP) (Jewel Case) (NEPTUNEDJ)
Publisher: The Learning
Ages: 9 to 14
Pre-Algebra Math/Problem Solving
4 1/2 stars from CD-ROM Today
Top 100 CD-ROMs from PC Magazine
Do You Have What It Takes to Save the
Toxicity levels are rising. Hazardous undersea mazes must be
navigated. And dangerous sea creatures lie in wait. It's a top-secret
search-and-rescue mission for the remains of an unmanned space capsule and its
vital data canisters that crashed into the sea - a mission that only you and
the high-tech mini-sub Neptune can handle.
Calculate your position relative to the surface ship.
Compute your food and water supply. And determine when the next volcanic
eruption will occur. These are just some of the challenging math calculations
you'll face. The powerful onboard computer and calculator will help, but it's
your own mental math strength and stamina that will be tested.
Endless hours of undersea adventure.
Colorful graphics, digitized music, and special sound effects bring this
undersea adventure to life like never before. Start at the Voyager level; then
advance to Expert where the action and marine hazards increase.
Practice your math. You can customize
the content of math problems to focus on specific math skills. Also, a new Math
Practice feature allows players to work on specific types of math problems
without playing the game.
You've got two chances. Miscalculate,
and the sub's computer displays a strategy hint onscreen; miss again, and a
step-by-step solution appears.
Time out. There's no penalty for
taking your time to solve math word problems.
Get ready for algebra. By providing a solid math and
problem-solving foundation with whole numbers, fractions, decimals, ratios, and
percentages, Operation Neptune will give you a great head start for
Build your math confidence. Problem-solving hints and
calculator and customization options make learning math easier and more
Enhance your math skills with real-life word
problems. Solving word problems and using measurement concepts such as
area, distance, and volume help you see how math can be used in the real
Strengthen problem-solving and thinking skills.
Reading and interpreting data found in charts, graphs, maps, and tables will
help improve your problem-solving skills.
Windows IBM and compatibles - 386DX/33 MHz or
better, Windows 95 or higher with 8 MB RAM, hard disk, 256 color SVGA, double
speed CD-ROM drive, Windows compatible sound card, mouse.
Macintosh - 68030 processor or better, System 7.5
with 5 MB RAM (8 MB recommended) or System 7.0.6 with 4 MB RAM, hard disk, 256
color monitor (13" or larger), double speed CD-ROM drive, mouse.
CD-ROM Today, September 1995
"Don't be intimidated by The Learning Company's claim that
Operation Neptune 'builds pre-algebra and problem-solving skills.' Your
children will be so busy solving the mystery of the ocean's toxic levels
they'll scarcely realize they're doing math, let alone algebra."
"Operation Neptune is a refreshing change from mind-numbing
drill-and-practice programs. Each problem is realistic and wholly integrated
with the mission you're trying to accomplish. At no point are you expected to
tear yourself from your role as sub commander in order to solve a bunch of
irrelevant math problems. Gamelplay is never the reward for getting the right
answer to a mindless exercise. Setting up equations to solve one-step and
two-step problems; using mathematical tools such as a calculator, a
thermometer, charts, and graphs; measuring length, time, angles, area, and the
like - these are all part of the game. Problems are solved because they must be
"Wisely, Operation Neptune avoids using negative
reinforcement. Your ship doesn't disintegrate if you fail to solve a problem or
can't avoid the ocean's hazards, it just runs out of oxygen and returns to the
supply station for more. Finally, each game is saved from sign-in to sign-in,
allowing continued play and avoiding endless repetition.
"Kids will find Operation Neptune an entertaining game of
dexterity, imagination, and problem solving. But adults shouldn't be surprised
to find it equally addicting."
PC Magazine, September 13,
"If you can decipher the percentage of unhealthy barnacles
in a given area, you may be able to save the world's oceans. This underwater
adventure builds pre-algebra math skills as it transports you 20,000 leagues
under the sea in a challenging and engaging search-and-rescue mission. There is
also some arcade action, so while the going may be tough, it's never
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