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123 Foo
by O'Connor House Software

For Ages 3 to 8

See also the:
  • Summary Rating Table for comparisons with other Math software titles,
  • SuperKids Buyers Guide for current market prices of PC and Mac versions,
  • and
  • Math Software I to see previous SuperKids reviews of Math software.

  • Reviewed on:
    Children's Software Screen Shot PowerMac 6100/60 with 8MB
    Pentium90 with 8MB

    Content and Methodology
    123 Foo consists of a collection of colorful games and activities designed to introduce a young student to numbers, quantities, shapes and patterns. For example, in the "How Many" activity, the user must click on the number that represents the number of objects shown on the screen. A correct answer draws a "good job' from the computer; errors result in a "let's try again" prompt. At the other end of the spectrum is a memory game, where users are prompted to memorize and repeat a growing sequence of single digit numbers. "This was fun for my kids." wrote one parent, "until they discovered that the sequence never changed."

    Ease of Install / Use
    123 Foo installed without difficulty on our reviewers' machines, both PCs and Macs. Usage, however, required a quick reading of the manual for virtually all of the 10 educational activities. Once the activities were deciphered, our reviewers reported no difficulty in using the program, other than a start-up volume so high that there was a mad scramble to find the volume control for their systems' speakers.

    Proxy Parent Value
    Proxy Parent Value is SuperKids measure of how well a program grabs and maintains a child's interest. 123 Foo scored only moderately well on this measure, for two reasons. The first was the complete lack of on-screen written or audio instructions. As a result, the presence of a manual-reading person the first time a child uses each activity is required. However, once understood, the activities are simple enough that our reviewers found little parental intervention required. The second issue our parent reviewers had with the program, was its static design. "The problems in each activity never changed - so once my daughter had been through the program a couple of times, she lost interest."

    Best for...
    123 Foo is best suited for the younger end of the recommended age range, especilly those just learning to associate numbers and quantities.

    Bottom-Line
    123 is an unpretentious program that provides a wide range of simple math practice opportunities for young children.


    See also the:
  • Summary Rating Table for comparisons with other Math software titles,
  • SuperKids Buyers Guide for current market prices of PC and Mac versions,
  • and
  • Previous SuperKids reviews of Math software.


  • Children's Software System Requirements


    PC

    Macintosh
    Operating System Windows 3.1 or later System 6.05 or later
    CPU Type and Speed 386/25 or faster Mac Classic II or later
    Hard Drive Space 5.5MB ~5.5MB
    Memory (RAM) 4MB 4MB
    Graphics 256 color SVGA Color Mac
    CD-ROM Speed n/a - FLOPPY n/a - FLOPPY
    Audio Sound Blaster compatible sound card n/a
    Other Needs mouse mouse

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