Number of Players: one
Special Equipment/Facilities Needed: CD Rom
Objectives: Teaching and reinforcing keyboarding skills
Brief Description: Mario characters guide player through keyboarding skills
Entry Capabilities Required: Knowledge of proper hand placement
Relevance to objectives:5
Provides practice of relevant skills: 5, in a fun format
Likely to arouse/maintain interest:4 Most, but not all students are familiar with the Mario format. Game is fun.
Likely to be comprehended clearly: 5 Very easy
Technical quality (durable, attractive): 5 Colorful, fun music, interesting scenery
Game: Winning dependent on player actions (rather than chance): 5
Simulation: Validity of game model (realistic, accurate depiction): 5, player uses typing skills to move through game
Evidence of effectiveness (e.g. field-test results): 5+ My kids loved it!
Clear directions for play: 5 Choice of beginning through advanced, with help screens.
Effectiveness of debriefing:4 Not sure if young users would understand
Strong Points:Lots of fun, any skill level can play, easy to use.
Weak Points: Teacher may have to check for proper hand position, not hunt and peck.
Reviewer: Sue Stone
Computer System Reviewed on: Macintosh PowerPC 6500/250, 32mb ram.
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