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ZOOM StarFlyers
Royal Jewel Rescue
$9.95 (Win95/98/Me/2000/XP/Mac) (Jewel Case) (STARFLY1DJ)

Publisher: The Learning Company / SelectSoft

Ages 5-8

Ratings:

from Discovery School

Uh-Oh! Mom's Jewelry Is Lost!

It’s a royal disaster! The jewels are missing and panicked Princess Popcorn cannot be crowned Queen. Join the StarFlyers™ on an out-of-this-world adventure through a popcorn-blasting nebula. From gooey Planet Chocolopagus to the awesome Astro-Prize Center, you’ll discover a whole universe of excitement, challenge, and brain-tickling fun!

A colorful cast of characters, an out-of-this-world setting, and loads of kid-friendly charm make StarFlyers Royal Jewel Rescue your ticket to intergalactic achievement. Strap on your spacesuit and buckle up for blast-off… a universe of learning awaits!

Features and Activities:

Stretch your smarts with 8 challenging games.

Extend the fun (and learning!) beyond the computer with 12 printable activities.

Explore 3 levels of difficulty for ongoing challenge and lasting appeal. Stuck? No problem!

Get out of a jam fast with kid-friendly Help Movies.

Enjoy building skills in:

  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Hypothesis formulation and testing
  • Spatial relationships
  • Memory and sequencing
  • Creativity

Requirements:

Windows 95, 98, Me, 2000, XP: Pentium 166 MHz or faster, 32 MB RAM or greater, 100 MB free hard disk space, 8x CD-ROM drive, 16 bit DirectX compatible sound card, 16 bit DirectX compatible 2 MB video card.


Macintosh: OS 8.6 through OS X, Power PC, 180MHz or faster, 32 MB RAM, 100 MB free hard disk space, 8x CD-ROM drive, 16 Bit color monitor, 800x600 display.

Reviews:

Discovery School

"Players travel between home base, the diner, and the various planets. As children navigate through the game, they collect special items and store them in their dashboard. On their way to a planet destination, kids play an arcade game in the "Popcorn Nebula", where they dodge or shoot at flying popcorn balls and pats of butter, collect galaxy seeds and caramel cubes, and move their space ship into a black hole in order to morph to the planet of choice.

"The logic games are the stars of the program. One involves leading the fearless (but not very bright) army of mini-mallows through the chocolate caverns in search of one of the missing jewels. Children must use tools (such as one that chomps away a line of chocolate, or another that allows the little marshmallows to bounce onto a platform) in order to get to their goal. This activity is enormously fun, and really gets kids working their brains."

"Though the recommended age group includes 5 year olds, we feel that children ages 5-6 will need a little help. However, the rewards will be rich for this age group. The program is probably just right for children ages 7-9."

 


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