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ZOOM Robinson Crusoe
Sold Out (Win95/98/NT/Me/2000/Mac) (Retail Box) (RCRUSOEDR)

Publisher: Tivola

Ages 8 and Up


from Computing with Kids

Shipwrecked! Castaway on a Deserted Island.

Inspired by Daniel Dafoe's classic novel.

Castaway on the Island of Despair, Robinson Crusoe awakes from unconsciousness on a tropical beach. He is the sole survivor after nature's fury strikes his vessel at sea. His survival depends on his ingenuity and luck! Left with few possessions from the shipwreck, he is alone without any hope of rescue. Then one day, he discovers a footprint in the sand ...

Features and Activities:

Board the stranded wreck

Salvage the tools to build a raft

Find water and grow food

Explore the Island of Despair and find the panoramic views

Beware of cannibals

Turn the pages and learn how to survive in this interactive adventure

Narrated by Martin Jarvis


Windows 95/98/NT/Me/2000: 90 MHz Pentium, 32 MB RAM, SVGA Graphics card, sound card, 4x CD-ROM drive.

Macintosh: 12 MB RAM, 32,768 colors, System 7.5, 4x CD-ROM drive.


Computing with Kids by Jinny Gudmundsen

"In this interactive version of Daniel Defoe’s literary classic, players assume the role of Robinson Crusoe as a castaway on the Island of Despair. While the software appears at first to be an abbreviated electronic version of the classic book, it is a first-person adventure game as well. As kids read (or have the story read to them), they become part of the story and must figure out how to rescue supplies from the damaged ship, build a shelter, hunt animals, plant grain—all while avoiding cannibals. This dual perspective is fun and intriguing."

"This software uses an interesting device of overlaying real actors into lush watercolor scenes accompanied by mood-enhancing music. Since players are making Robinson Crusoe’s decisions with him, they feel connected to the game and the story."

Just Adventure by Randy Sluganski

"Of importance to adventure gamers though is that pivotal scenes from Daniel Defoe’s novel are assumed by the gamer as you become Robinson Crusoe and must now provide the means to survive on the island.

"The player is given the tasks of constructing a raft, collecting useable objects from the wreck of your ship, building a shelter, making medication, catching a parrot and baking bread. While the experienced adventure gamer might find collecting the necessary inventory items and combining them too easy, these simplistic puzzles are a wonderful introduction for a newbie and could encourage a lifelong passion for adventure games.

"I think that a great way to approach these interactive novels is not as an alternative to reading, but as a tool that enhances the original novel and provides an enriched learning experience for those willing to dig a little deeper."

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