Relevance to objectives: 5 Students were
presented with a variety of questions in several different areas of
The program also provided opportunities to
advance to more difficult levels.
Provides practice of relevant skills: 5 The game gives you real life problems to solve. It answers the question of , "When are we ever going to use this?"
Likely to arouse/maintain interest: 3 Although the program is initially entertaining, I think that students may become bored in one area very rather quickly since the backgroung remains the same for problems within a certain discipline.
Likely to be comprehended clearly: 3 Sometimes it is unclear what is actually being asked to perform. Also, the characters are not always 100% audible.
Technical quality (durable, attractive): 5 The game was extremely vivid and eye-catching. The screens were very aesthetically pleasing and there were a variety of screens in the program. Certain features allow you to take a closer look at the components of the logic cube or a general layout of the map whenever you wish.
Game: Winning dependent on player actions (rather than chance): 5 To remove sections from the logic cube, you need to have clues that you can only get by answering questions correctly.
Simulation: Validity of game model (realistic, accurate depiction): 5 Once again, the examples pertained to real life problems. The elements of the program were very realistic.
Evidence of effectiveness (e.g. field-test results): none available
Clear directions for play: 3 If the child reads the handbook prior to play the rating will improve. However, for use without the handbook sometimes the directions are difficult to decipher.
Effectiveness of debriefing: 5 If you answer enough questions correctly, eventually you will obtain enough clues to narrow the logic cube down to one possibility.
Strong Points: The game is initially entertaining and presents
the user with a wide variety of mathematical problems. Receiving
clues gives students motivation to answer questions that they may want
to skip since the need clues from all different areas to complete the final
Weak Points: The program may become monotonous after more than a few problems at each location. Consistent use of the program may result in boredom of the user.
Reviewer: Mary Jo Lightfoot
Position: undergraduate student
Computer System Reviewed on: Macintosh PowerPC 6500/250, 32mb ram.