||(Win95/98/NT/Me/2000/Mac) (Retail Box) (RCRUSOEDR)
Ages 8 and Up
from Computing with
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 ...
Salvage the tools to build a raft
Find water and grow food
Explore the Island of Despair and find the panoramic
Beware of cannibals
Turn the pages and learn how to survive in this
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
Computing with Kids by Jinny
"In this interactive version of Daniel Defoes 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 grainall 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 Crusoes decisions with him, they feel
connected to the game and the story."
Just Adventure by Randy
"Of importance to adventure gamers though is that pivotal
scenes from Daniel Defoes 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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