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4th grade multisubject software
What’s the latest devious scheme concocted by Carmen Sandiego and her VILE henchmen? Having failed miserably at her previous attempts at world domination, Carmen has finally hit on the ultimate plan. She will steal all the world’s knowledge, for, to quote the thief herself: “Knowledge is Power.” To help with her plan, Carmen has enlisted a group of master thieves. Past experience warns her that ACME agents are clever and motivated, and will do their best to thwart her escapades. She has, therefore, also created a team of information gobbling Knowledge Robots. Acme agents must travel to famous locations throughout the world to outwit these ‘Knowbots’ in a variety of subjects, and prevent them from consuming all the knowledge in the world.
Each mission commences with a ‘sleuth activity’, which requires arcade-like quick reaction skills. Problem-solving skills are needed for the last portion of each mission, which requires the user to crack the code required to gain entrance to the VILE headquarters. At this point a click is all that’s required to capture the thief and recover the stolen scholarship.
Those familiar with the theme will note (with varying reactions) that this program is quite similar to other programs in the line (see Carmen Sandiego Math Detective and Carmen Sandiego Word Detective). This fact, and the ‘quiz-show’ motif which has been overdone of late in the kids software industry, conspire to make the program seem slightly stale to veteran software users.
These potential shortcomings aside, QuickThink Challenge is quite likable, and fared well with our testers. They especially enjoyed the avatar (proxy) agents who cheer correct user responses with phrases like: “ka ching!” and “UNstoppable” while performing characteristic victory dances.
PC: Windows 95/98, Pentium 133MHz or faster cpu, 25 MB hard drive space, 8 MB RAM (16 MB recommended), SVGA 640 x 480, 256 color display, 4X or faster CD-ROM, sound device, modem (optional).return to top of page
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