Title: Prime Suspect
Source: Multi Media Communications, Inc.
Playing Time: 1+ hrs. Depending
on how fast/slow you solve the mystery
Cost: $ searched the internet for at least
a half an hour but could not find anything
Number of Players: one or more
Special Equipment/Facilities Needed: just
Subject Area: reading
Objectives: critical thinking
Brief Description: using critical thinking,
clues and searching for evidence to solve a mystery
Entry Capabilities Required: can use a
mouse and be able to read (installation of software if not already installed).
Relevance to objectives: 5 Player is
thinking using clues to come up with a solution
keeps player thinking constantly, does not give answer away if guessed
Provides practice of relevant skills:
5 Yes, as I said constantly thinking.
Likely to arouse/maintain interest: 4
Yes, depending on attention level, if attention level is low may get frustrated
if they are taking a long time to solve the mystery.
Likely to be comprehended clearly: 4 Yes,
evidence comes together.
Technical quality (durable, attractive):
5 good colors, good detail in showing you each room and person.
Game: Winning dependent on player actions (rather
than chance): 5 will not let
you solve without getting certain evidence first, and if you do not solve
it correctly it lets you go back to figure it out it does not just give
you the correct answer or none at all.
Simulation: Validity of game model (realistic,
accurate depiction): 4 Good-people
look like people and the house is set up like a house and basically has
rooms like a house (mansion).
Evidence of effectiveness (e.g. field-test
n/a found no information regarding field tests
Clear directions for play: 4 directions
in book are good and follow clues on screen on how to solve mystery
Effectiveness of debriefing:4
confusing at first trying to get around program.
Reviewer: Kimberly LaDue
Date: September 29, 1998
Computer System Reviewed on: Macintosh
PowerPC 6500/250, 32mb ram.