Title: Mudball Wall adapted from The Logical Journey of the Zoombinis
Overall Rating: 4
Source: http://www.broderbu nd.com/frames.html?/demo/shockwave
Playing Time: variable depending on ability of player
Date: 12/3/1998
Cost: $ Shareware http://www.broderbu nd.com/frames.html?/demo/shockwave
Number of Players: one
Special Equipment/Facilities Needed: none
Subject Area: Mathematics
Objectives: The goal is to elavate the Zoombini to the top of the wall by determining the pattern of colors and shapes using logic and problem solving.
Brief Description: "Mudball Wall" is a part of a software program of puzzles called "The Logical Journey of the Zoombinis" (www.broderbund.com/ education/programs/zoombinis/home.html).  The target is a wall with a  pattern on it.  The student shoots "mudballs" of various colors, with different shapes printed on them, at the wall to try to match the pattern.  Each correct attempt raises the zoombini on the elevator towards the top of the wall.  If successful, the zoombini gets off at the top of the wall and the play continues to the next level. The school edition is rated for grades 3-7.
Entry Capabilities Required: Individuals need to understand the concept of patterns, colors, and shapes.  They also need to be able to use a computer and mouse.

Rating: (1-5)

Strong Points: Cute, attractive engaging, and entertaining characters help keep the player focused.  The grapics are clear and colorful. The goal of finding the pattern is maintained.
Weak Points: Can get frustrating for those of us who do not necessarily think in logical patterns and find ourselves using trial and error thus "getting nowhere fast."
Reviewer: Judith Warren
Position: Non-matriculated graduate student GRED518
Date: 6/7/1999
Computer System Reviewed on: G3233 64MBRAM