Title: Encarta ’98

Overall Rating: B

Source: Microsoft

Playing Time: N/A

Date: 1998

Cost: $ 79.95 for ’98 version

Number of Players: `1

Special Equipment/Facilities Needed: CD ROM

Subject Area: S all

Objectives: To aid in learning through the use of a software encyclopedia

Brief Description: Encyclopedia giving information through pictures and multimedia

Entry Capabilities Required: Basic computer and mouse skills

Rating: (1-5)

Relevance to objectives: 4 Very informative has many different options to learn from

Provides practice of relevant skills: 3 Test skills by playing games with user. Very comfortible to use

Likely to arouse/maintain interest: 3 Very interactive showing pictures, sound clips, and movies

Likely to be comprehended clearly: 5 Easily understood

Technical quality (durable, attractive): 4 The use of two CD’s is kind of annoying

Game: Winning dependent on player actions (rather than chance): 4 Game is very hard to guess through. Basic knowledge is required to win

Simulation: Validity of game model (realistic, accurate depiction): 5 Pretty realistic

Evidence of effectiveness (e.g. field-test results): 4 learn something new everytime you play

Clear directions for play: 5 Directions are in a handbook. Easily understood

Effectiveness of debriefing: 5 Easy to learn from

Strong Points: Shows many cool things including pictures and movies

Weak Points: Two CD’s are a pain in the a--

Reviewer: Jim Nieman



Computer System Reviewed on: Macintosh PowerPC 6500/250, 32mb ram.