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3rd grade software
This program is based on the highly successful Brain Quest line, and comes packaged with a special edition deck of Brain Quest cards. Much like other Brain Quest products, the game challenges kids to provide quick answers to knowledge-based questions from a variety of categories. The questions, which feature grade appropriate information, are designed to reinforce classroom learning.
The Perdido family is taking a traveling vacation in their van, and the user, along with a gaggle of neighborhood kids, has been invited to join them. There will be no gas stops on this trip, Mr. Perdido has adapted the van so that it now runs on brainpower. Questions and answers fly as the van rolls along the countryside. When the need arises to put the vehicle into high speed, the solution is simple -- its time for a lightning round!
The program features three game options: the 'Grand Tour' lets a single player answer rounds of questions at his or her own pace, "High Gear" offers up to four players sixty-second rounds, and "Rally" is a multi-player game in which players choose the questions that their opponents will attempt to answer. Questions are a surpisingly broad mix, gleaned from five categories including language arts, math, science, social studies, and grab bag.
Our teacher reviewers noted that the questions are well-phrased, interesting, and on-target for the specified grade level.
Although there is a relatively high level of question repetition (we encountered previously seen questions as early as our second round of play), additional program game packs can be purchased through the IBM web site for a small fee.
PC: Windows 95/98, Pentium processor, 10 MB hard drive space, 16 MB RAM, SVGA monitor 640 x 480, 256 color display, Quad-speed or faster CD-ROM.return to top of page
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