Overall Rating: C-

Source: MECC/Softkeys

Playing Time: Depends on how good you are. I played 5, 5 minute games and couldn't get to the next world.

Date: 1996

Cost: $14.95 http://www.cdaccess.com/ html/shared/trogglet.htm

Number of Players: 1 (The students could work in pairs or with more partners)

Special Equipment/Facilities Needed: MAC or WINDOWS, audio compatibility.

Subject Area: Mathematics (ages 6-12)

Objectives: To build knowledge and understanding of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills using whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percentages.

Brief Description: The students must come up with formulas in which the outcomes equal the number of troggles in order to save Magentas dog from being eaten. The students are on a mission to find a stole person.

Entry Capabilities Required: You can adjust the level of difficulty in many different ways, so just basic knowledge of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division are needed.

**Rating: (1-5)**

- Relevance to objectives: 5-
All it does is work on the 4 basic functions of math.

Provides practice of relevant skills: 4- You use the 4 functions the most out of all math learned.

Likely to arouse/maintain interest: 1- If you can't get to the next board, which is almost impossible because you can't count the number of toggles, it is frustrating.

Likely to be comprehended clearly: 2- The initial directions are not clear, but the programs help menu is set up for easy usage and understanding.

Technical quality (durable, attractive): 2- The dog is cute, the troggles and the whole concept if the trogglelator is not attractive at all.

Game: Winning dependent on player actions (rather than chance): 2- In order to win, you must be able to complete a certain number of boards. Students will probably either run out of time or interest before that happens.

Simulation: Validity of game model (realistic, accurate depiction): 2- Completely unique concept, but a poor one at that. Very immature, for any grade.

Evidence of effectiveness (e.g. field-test results): 3- It says it is based on the Award Winning Muncher Series, but I doubt it.

Clear directions for play: 3- The directions are not clear, but the help menu is.

Effectiveness of debriefing: 1- Never got to the debriefing section because I could not win the game. I did get to put my name on the high score chart, but it was useless because I was the first one to play.

Weak Points: Impossible to count the number of troggles.

Reviewer: Nellie

Position: Grad student

Date: 3/24/99

Computer System Reviewed on: Power Macintosh G3, 233 megahertz, 64 mgb of RAM