Source: The Voyager Shakespeare Company
Playing Time: one to two hours
Cost: $ 34.70 http://www.ope
Number of Players: 1 or 2
Special Equipment/Facilities Needed: HyperCard
Text and Quicktime
Subject Area: English
Objectives: To gain understanding and
appreciation for MacBeth, one of Shakespeare's more dark plays
Brief Description: overview of Shakespeare's
MacBeth with written text, Quicktime movie samples and voice overs allow
a user to read through the play, listen to dramatic simulations, read along
with the text and become more familiar with the language with the aid of
Entry Capabilities Required: Familiarity
with Macintosh and HyperCard Formats
Relevance to objectives: 4- sections of
text are displayed, with commentary to aid understanding, as well as QuickTime
samples of performances of the particular scenes. However, only an overview
of the play is given, and the play in its entirety is not covered.
The visual imagery is excellent and interesting, allowing the user to sample
the text in its appropriate visual context.
Provides practice of relevant skills:
3- In Karaoke style, the user may practice dramatic recititation
of lines for characters of his choice, either with another user, or with
a recorded voice.
Likely to arouse/maintain interest: 4-
The visual imagery is interesting and practical. The use of Quicktime to
display performances of scenes makes the play more relevant to students.
Likely to be comprehended clearly: 3-
Commentary is provided, as well as a concordance for quick search of the
script, but no clear movement through the play is available, and this may
hinder the understanding of the play for users who are not familiar with
Technical quality (durable, attractive):
5- The opening interface catches the user's interest immediately, and the
slideshow of pictures during the introduction keeps the attention as well.
The Quicktime movies run smoothly and load quickly, reducing frustration
and distraction time.
Game: Winning dependent on player actions (rather
than chance): N/A - not competitive
Simulation: Validity of game model (realistic,
accurate depiction): 4- visual
depiction of the play is realistic, aiding real life relevancy.
Evidence of effectiveness (e.g. field-test results):
Clear directions for play: 3- no clear directions
are given for use, but a table of content allows the user to decide direction
Effectiveness of debriefing:5-
can be easily integrated into a Shakespearean unit study, with tests and
assignments adapted for use with software.
No directions for use are ever given, and transitions between sections
is not smooth or clear.
Reviewer: Jessica Jollie
Computer System Reviewed on: Macintosh
PowerPC 6500/250, 32mb ram.