Title: The Amzaon Trail
Playing Time: 2 hours
Cost: $26.95 http://srch.outpost.com/search/productsearch.cfm?name=Amazon+Trail
Number of Players: 1
Special Equipment/Facilities Needed: CD-Rom
Subject Area: Social Studies
Objectives: Discover history and ecology
of the Amazon. Navigate Amazon geography. Encounter natural
resources round in the rainforest.
Brief Description: This is a game of strategy
in which a player must plan ahead and apply problem solving skills.
Student plays the role of an explorere on the Amazon.
Entry Capabilities Required: Reading Ability,
Relevance to objectives: 4 (Does what
it says it is going to do)
Strong Points: Problem
Solving. Science/Social Studies Content.
Provides practice of relevant skills:
4 (The game is designed to practice problem solving)
Likely to arouse/maintain interest: 3
(It's fun, but perhaps a little simple)
Likely to be comprehended clearly: 5 (Easy
Technical quality (durable, attractive): 4
Game: Winning dependent on player actions (rather
than chance): 5 (Very little chance involved
- winning depends on player choices.)
Simulation: Validity of game model (realistic,
accurate depiction): 4 (You feel like you
could actually be canoeing on the Amazon!)
Evidence of effectiveness (e.g. field-test results):
Clear directions for play:
3 (Took me a while to figure out what to do!)
Effectiveness of debriefing:4
(Let's you know how you did/what you learned.
Weak Points: Age
Reviewer: Dan VanDetta
Computer System Reviewed on: Macintosh
PowerPC 6500/250, 32mb ram.