Title:  Madeline's European Adventure-Know Europe Game
Overall Rating: B+
Source:  Internet (this is the download site for Macs) http://www.kidsdomain.com/down/mac/knoweurope.html
                         (this is the download site for Windows)  http://www.kidsdomain.com/down/pc/madelinesep1.html
Playing Time:  Games are timed and usually last about 5 minutes (Only the demo is available)
Software Release Date:  May 8, 1997
Cost: $9.99  http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00000JLB5/o/qid=951417243/sr=2-3/102-2631295-2912038
Operating System:  Windows or Maciontosh
Number of Players:  1
Special Equipment/Facilities Needed:  CD-ROM
Subject Area: Elementary Social Studies--European History
Objectives:  To learn where European countries are, their languages, and their important characteristics.
Brief Description:  Madeline gives hints about European countries, and then the child matches the hint to the country by clicking on the map of Europe.  The game is timed, so the faster the child matches the country correctly, the more points that are awarded.  There are three different settings--easy, medium, and difficult.  In the entire game, children can travel across Europe and learn geography as well as some languages.
Entry Capabilities Required:  Should know basic European geography and some important facts of the countries.

Rating: (1-5)

Strong Points:  This game clearly developes the child's knowledge of European countries in a fun, interesting manner.  It would keep the attention of younger students, while at the same time teaching them basics they should know.  It was colorful and the storyline was one which would keep even the unmotivated history student entertained.  Madeline serves as an amusing host to the game, and the game seems to be wonderfully targeted to the 4 to 10 range of students.  By letting children this age play this game, history perhaps won't seem as boring.
Weak Points:  This game only had a few weak points.  The main one I found was that only the main, traditional countries in Europe was addressed.  It focused on Western Europe as well.  This could make learning the other countries harder to children, if they have been only exposed to the main countries of Western Europe.  Also, even though Madeline is an interesting and fun character, I think that young boys would not be as eager to play the game.
Reviewer:  Amanda Ciampolillo
Position:  Student in EDUC 410 class.
Date Reviewed:  February 19, 2000
Computer System Reviewed on: Macintosh G3 233, 64mb ram