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ZOOM Star Wars
Yoda's Challenge
Activity Center
Sold Out (Win95/98/Mac) (Retail) (YODACHALDR)

Publisher: Lucas Learning

Children

Ages: 6 to 8

Ratings:

5.0 in Kid Appeal from SuperKids


Join Yoda in the Jedi Council Chamber!

Select from six challenging missions that will transport you to Naboo and Tatooine. Build and sharpen your skills through math, reading and music activities while playing in the exciting world of Star Wars: Episode 1.

Each activity features 20 to 40 preset puzzles organized into four levels. The levels are designed to gradually increase in difficulty and complexity, introducing new concepts and challenges along the way. Change the color-coded levels at any time; play the activities in any order.

Yoda's Challenge offers a variety of positive feedback for young Jedi. In certain activities, you can earn original illustrated pictures of Episode 1 characters and vehicles. In the cantina, print out sheet music, including notes and lyrics. Complete all difficulty levels in each activity and you can print a certificate of completion, issued by the Jedi master himself, Yoda!

Yoda Teaches:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Music Skills
  • Map Reading
  • Spatial Orientation
  • Rhythm
  • Reading
  • Planning
  • Vocabulary
  • Model Building
  • Geometry

Discover 6 Exciting Adventures

"Brave you are, young human. Defeated is the Trade Federation, yet challenges, they remain. Difficult they are. You, young Jedi, must master these tasks."

Explore a Naboo Swamp Cave!
During the Battle of Naboo, the Gungans hid many of their relics in the caves of Naboo. The mission here is to unlock the doors hiding the relics by finding gems located in the caves. Children navigate through the caves using relative (right/left) and/or cardinal (north, south, east, and west) directions. This highly inventive activity lets children learn navigation by vocal direction, map reading, and written direction.

  • Map Reading
  • Following Directions

Help Program C-3PO's Memory!
Since C-3PO is a protocol droid but still in his infancy, the player needs to help program C-3PO with stories from the Star Wars universe. To do this, children must "decode" stories by looking at the shapes words make and matching words to their shape shadows. When constructing sentences, C-3PO will read out loud every word and only the correct word will click into place. Decode enough sentences, and a story is told.

  • Vocabulary Enhancement
  • Print Illustrated Stories
  • Sentence Structure

Help Jar Jar!
Jar-Jar, being the bumbling Gungan that he is, has accidentally jumbled the Queen's database. By solving tangram puzzles (geometric shapes), children restore order to the computer and are rewarded with printable pictures and information about a character or ship from the movie.

  • Print Pictures of Star Wars Vehicles and Characters
  • Spatial Relationships
  • Geometry

Jam with the Cantina Band!
In this mission, kids get to jam with the famous Cantina band from Tatooine. In a progression of musical challenges, children learn how to read music. They also have the opportunity to compose and listen to their own music. All music can be printed.

  • Learn & Play Songs
  • Sing Along
  • Print Out Original Star Wars Songs

Race to the Finish!
To celebrate the victory at Naboo, Queen Amidala and Jar-Jar Binks challenge each other to a friendly race at the city of Theed. The player's mission is to help one of the two contestants plan a route that brings about a victory. Children need to study maps, research the strengths and weaknesses of the animals ridden, and make rapid time-over-distance decisions. Kids quickly learn that Jar-Jar's kaadu is great through water and swamps but can be beaten in the mountains or forests!

  • Time Over Distance
  • Critical Thinking

Trap the Droids!
After the Battle of Naboo, some Destroyer droids and Battle droids were left behind. The player's mission is to help Jar-Jar disable these droids by activating traps. Each trap has a unique secret rhythm that can be played on one or all of three drums. The challenge is to repeat the secret rhythm as the droid crosses the trap.

  • Music
  • Rhythm

Requirements:

Windows: 100% Windows 95 or 98 DirectX compatible computer, Pentium class 13MHz or faster computer, 32MB RAM, 100% DirectX compatible PCI or AGP graphics card, 100% DirectX compatible 16 bit sound card, 4X IDE or SCSI CD-ROM drive, 100% Windows 95/98 compatible mouse and keyboard, minimum 80MB free hard disk space.

Macintosh: Apple Macintosh and 100% compatibles, Mac OS version 7.6 or higher, 160MHz PowerPC 603e, 120MHz PowerPC 604, or any G3 or faster processor, 32MB RAM, 4x CD-ROM drive, mouse and keyboard, 640x480 display with thousands of colors, minimum 30MB free hard disk space.

Reviews:

SuperKids Educational Software Review

"Yes, the Star Wars theme assured the attention of our kid testers before they even loaded the program. As they tackled the activities, even our rare skeptics admitted that it provided plenty of unmitigated fun. Kids especially loved capturing droids in various inventive (and non-violent) traps, traipsing noisily through eerie caves as lizards and spiders scamper to and fro, and collecting colorful pages of Star Wars trivia as rewards for solving geometric puzzles. Activities are challenging, but not frustrating, and successfully completed missions earn users printable certificates personally signed by Yoda, the ultimate Jedi Master."

"Yoda’s Challenge Activity Center is not a highly academic program. It does, however, tackle critical thinking and problem solving skills that will help kids in many areas of future study. Additional skills touched on by this program include: music and rhythm skills, map reading, spatial orientation, following directions, reading, counting, vocabulary, and geometry. Four difficulty levels provide ample puzzle solving opportunities for Star Wars fans within and beyond the recommended age range."

Kids Domain by Kim Moon

"I feel obliged to say at this point that Yoda is my personal hero. You have to hand it to him, when he says, “with you I will always be,” he means it. (Plus, anyone who can mix up their sentences the way he does and come off sounding profound instead of confused deserves some credit...) I was, however, extremely careful not to let hero worship get in the way of my objectivity and still I must say that George Lucas (Lucas Learning) has “done it again.” This title is a definite must for Star Wars fans, and “kids of all ages” will find it has replayability and many challenges. It encourages the player to think their way through the activities, pay attention, and react quickly (and they won’t even realize that they’re learning.) Star Wars fans should head for the store now, and (I’m sorry, I just can’t resist) may the force be with you!"

Choosing Children's Software Magazine

"This software is particularly noteworthy because it has highly inventive activities. Two of the activities teach music concepts–something not found in very many software programs. The Program C-3PO mission engages children in solving a visual puzzle–but it is so much more. To complete the stories, children learn sentence structure, grammar, sight words, reading comprehension, and vocabulary development. In addition, each story delivers a strong message about character traits and values. Another example of a highly inventive activity is the Gungan Caves. It helps develop spatial relationships in many different ways and easily teaches navigational concepts that are hard to teach off the computer."



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