||(Win95/98/Mac) (Retail) (SWDROIDWDR)
Publisher: Lucas Learning
Children / Game
Ages: 10 to adult
from Kids Domain
Can Your Droid Cut It?
The fight for freedom in the galaxy continues...
Rebel spies have
learned that the evil Empire has built a secret droid factory somewhere on the
planet Tatooine, where Imperial engineers are building an army of assassin
droids. Unless they can be stopped, these dangerous machines will terrorize the
galaxy. As a member of the Rebel Alliance, your mission is to build droids to
infiltrate this operation to reprogram the assassin droids. Beware! There are
over 25 million droid combinations. You must choose wisely.
robotic parts can be combined to create millions of unique droids
properties for each droid part allow you to factor mission-critical qualities
into your droids, like speed, strength, vocabulary, and flexibility
Holographic design grid allows for 360 degree, 3-D viewing while constructing,
painting, and customizing your droids
Cutting-edge 3-D graphics transport you to the Star Wars universe
Challenging puzzles test your understanding of scientific
principles: energy, force and motions, simple machines, light, and magnetism
interactive guide linked to the Internet, illustrates basic scientific
principles and invites further exploration
Proceed with caution, Rebel spy. Enter the Droid Workshop and construct your
droid using the 3-D holographic design grid. Choose from 87 unique parts to
build over 25 million possible droids; then color them to your own
Mission objectives and special droid requirements are critical to your
success. Take heed. Intergalactic Intelligence Report: from mass and momentum
to pulleys, levers and lights, InDex delivers the data that can save your
droid, your mission and the entire Rebellion.
Now comes the moment of truth, as you dispatch your droid on a mission
through 3-D environments rich with challenge and rife with peril. Your personal
won-lost column in the war for the galaxy, the Mission Status Report recaps
your goals, your droid requirements and your reward.
Windows 95/98: 100% DirectX
compatible PC, Pentium 133 MHz, 34MB hard drive space, 16MB RAM (32MB
recommended), 100% DirectX compatible PCI graphics card, quad speed CD-ROM
drive, 100% DirectX compatible 16 bit sound device.
Macintosh: System 7.5.5 or higher, 120MHz PowerPC 604 or 160MHz
PowerPC 603e, 34MB hard drive space (plus a 16MB temporary file while running),
32MB RAM, 13" or larger display, quad speed CD-ROM drive.
Kid's Domain by
"The game is comprised of two parts: building the robot and executing the
mission. Players build robots by selecting parts from an 87-piece inventory of
items. Two basic robot configurations are available: legged or wheeled. Once a
basic configuration is chosen, the player can freely add a head, legs or
treads, body, arms, legs, and battery pack. The combinations are in the
thousands. Each mission has parameters that must be followed for successful
completion. Some missions require a treaded/tracked vehicle; others require
legs. These requirements aren't arbitrary. I tried a mission with treads when
the mission requirement was legs. When I got to a gap I needed to jump across,
I was stuck. R2-D2 can't jump!
"Other typical mission requirements may include a "hand that can grasp" or
"magnetic head". Even when you build a robot to specs, it's not always possible
to accomplish the mission with your robot. One mission was so lengthy that I
ran out of battery power before I could complete my objectives. I redesigned my
robot as a lightweight sprinter with plenty of battery power. I failed again
because the lightweight arms lacked the strength to manipulate the pulleys
required to complete the mission. Only on my third attempt was I able to build
a robot that could breeze through the mission."
"The most impressive aspect of this game is the strong emphasis on problem
solving. Each level requires thought and planning for successful completion.
Yet players can accomplish each mission through perseverance and planning. I
found a few missions tested my patience, but the joy of solving the problem was
well worth the effort. This title would be most successful when used in a large
classroom environment where multiple students could work on the same problem.
One players' inspiration would ease the frustrations of other student's
difficulties. Even when the player knows the solution, the joy of piloting the
droid around the level is quite rewarding.
"I was fascinated by the entire game, from building my droid to the
thoughtful missions. I found the index extremely effective and a valuable tool
for completing the missions. The graphics and audio are excellent, and the game
play is divine."
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