Title: Jewels of the Oracle
Source: Eloi Productions/ Discis Entertainment
Playing Time: varies according to skill
Cost: $ 24.95 at http://www.netsales.ne
Number of Players: 1
Special Equipment/Facilities Needed: QuickTime
Subject Area: Logic and Reason
Objectives: To exercise skills of reason
Brief Description: Depicted as an exploration
of a mystical cavern, the user is guided by the Oracle, a triangular face
in the top center of the screen to solve the six puzzles of the Poet's
houses, which are found around the central well.
Entry Capabilities Required: formal operations
cognition, strong skills of observation
Relevance to objectives: 5- All of the
puzzles require strong reasoning skills and no hints are provided to allow
The graphics are interesting and appropriate to the game. The oracles voice,
riddles and the background music all add to the mysterious atmosphere of
Provides practice of relevant skills:
5- use of logic and reason guide the user through the games, which provide
challenging exercises for these skills.
Likely to arouse/maintain interest: 3-
The imagery and sounds set the mood well, but the user's interest
will wane with frustration with the puzzles.
Likely to be comprehended clearly: 3-
No clear purpose or rules are provided for the games.
Technical quality (durable, attractive):
4- If proper visual setting is provided, the graphics are very good, but
if only a low resolution is available, the graphics are fuzzy and unclear.
Game: Winning dependent on player actions (rather
than chance): 5- The puzzles
are not competitive, but challenge the user personally.
Simulation: Validity of game model (realistic,
accurate depiction): 4- The concept
of Oracles is mythical at best, and so the setting is left mostly for the
user's imagination to adapt to.
Evidence of effectiveness (e.g. field-test results):
Clear directions for play: 2- No clear
directions are given, only riddles by the Oracle, which may be sufficient
for advanced players, but will lead to frustration in new players.
Effectiveness of debriefing:
2- Can not be integrated easily to a curriculum, but may provide a fun
outlet for students up to a challenge for their logic.
No directions, rules, or guidance are provided to aid the user through
Reviewer: Jessica Jollie
Computer System Reviewed on: Macintosh
PowerPC 6500/250, 32mb ram.