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This program takes kids on an outdoor adventure to Camp Wonderoo where they endeavor to become Junior Rangers. With goofy Ranger Rudy as their guide, kids explore the great outdoors, collecting specimens, taking photos, earning special patches, and with cunning and luck, even spotting the evasive camp mascot the 'Wonderoo'.
In addition, kids are exposed to astronomy as they 'connect the stars' to discover major constellations, learn campfire songs in a fireside sing-a-long, practice their mouse skills in a user-controlled river race, try their hand at cave painting using art tools, and hone their memory skills in a matching game. All activities are simple enough for young users to master without frustration.
The activities themselves were thought to be uninspired, in particular the tedious river race and the much overused match game activity. In addition, the big build-up to spotting the mysterious Wonderoo resulted in nothing more than a printable certificate once the feat was accomplished. "We expected more hoopla," noted one parent tester.
Our testers' only navigational complaint related to the frequency and longevity of the transition screen which appears when users are moving between different sections of the program. Younger users in particular became frustrated by this break in the action and sometimes lost interest in the program altogether during the delay these transitions necessitated.
PC: Windows 95 or higher, 486DX, 66 MHz or faster cpu, 14 MB hard drive space, 16 MB RAM, 256 color SVGA display, Quad-speed or faster CD-ROM, Windows compatible sound card.return to top of page
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