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Arthur's Camping Adventure

The Learning Company

Ages 3 to 7

Rating Scale
5 = great,    1 = poor
Educational Value
3.5
Kid Appeal
4.5
Ease of Use
4.5

Arthur's Camping Adventure Screen Shot System Requirements

PC / Mac Price Survey

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Pack up the tent and put on your sneakers, it's time for a delightful camping adventure! And who better to lead the expedition than our intrepid friend Arthur.

We join Arthur and his gang enroute to the woods to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Their journey takes a sour turn however, when their teacher, Mr. Radburn, falls and twists his ankle. He retires to his tent to elevate the swollen limb, leaving Arthur and his pals stranded. If this isn't daunting enough, a stealthy bear makes off with the group's food supplies! Not to be discouraged, the classmates put their heads together to problem solve a solution to their dilemma. They quickly come up with three possibilities, they can fix The Brain's two-way radio and use it to call for help; climb to a high place and flash a mirror to attract help, or fly an SOS signal on a kite. It's up to the user to decide which route to take, and the path chosen effects the remainder of the game.

Educational Value
Regardless of the story branch pursued, general gameplay is the same. Users explore the forest environment to find items to help them complete their rescue attempt. Sometimes they arrive at situations that require an item or tool that they don't yet possess. When this is the case, they must press on, knowing that when they find the appropriate tool they can return and master that portion of the program.

In addition to collecting items to help in them in their journey, users must collect items needed to complete their rescue plan. For example, The Brain's two-way radio is broken. To successfully radio for help, kids must first collect a menu of items need to repair the radio.

In addition to strengthening problem solving, and memory skills, Arthur's Camping Adventure teaches kids about directions, using a map, developing strategies and thinking ahead. Users also learn fun facts about plants and animals as part of the exploration process.

Kid Appeal
What could be better? Arthur's Camping Adventure is a favorite cartoon in which kids can become totally immersed. Best of all, they can actually effect its outcome (or so it seems). Our kid testers loved this program. Although they initially played solely to succeed at its underlying quest, they later found that the science and nature portion of the program is equally pleasing.

Ease of Use / Install
This program installs without a hitch. It features a Help file in pdf format which can be accessed from the initial program menu.

Users will find two extremely useful items in Arthur's handy backpack: a map of the campgrounds and a list of items needed to complete the chosen rescue attempt. Both are invaluable as part of the establishment and completion of a winning strategy.

Best for... / Bottom-Line
Arthur's Camping Adventure is not only interesting and fun, it is also accessible to young users who may be frustrated by more complicated quest programs.

See SuperKids' comparisons with other poblem solving software titles, and the Buyers Guide for current market prices of the PC and Mac versions.

System Requirements
PC: Windows 95/98/NT/2000, 166 MHz Pentium or faster cpu, 50 MB hard drive space, 16MB RAM, 640 x 480 16 bit display, 4X or faster CD-ROM, Windows compatible sound card.

Mac: System 7.5.1 or higher, minimum 120MHz PowerPC, 50 MB hard drive space, 16 MB RAM, 640-480 bit display, 4x or faster CD-ROM.

Reviewed on:

  • Pentium 450 with 128MB and 24xCD
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