Title: Small Blue Planet
Overall Rating: B
Source: Now What Software
Playing Time: Unlimited, I played for an hour.
Date: 15 Sept 98
Cost: $ 32.00
Number of Players: 1
Special Equipment/Facilities Needed: 256 Color Macintosh w/ System 6.0.5 of higher, 4MB Ram and CD Rom.
Subject Area: Social Studies/ Geography
Objectives: To give students a chance to explore their world with a virity of views and closeups of cities and land formations around the word. Will give students a better spatial inteligence of he planet on which they live.
Brief Description: This software is a virity of maps in which the viewer in control. With a virity of different maps such as satilight and geographic, the students are able to connect the topagrahical view with the boundries of that ares. You can also zoom in to get a better look at everything to the Mississippi Delta to the great cities of he planet. On the side of the screen there is a small control panel that lets the user minipulate the map a change views easily.
Entry Capabilities Required: The ability to use a mouse is the only capabilities necessary to use the software. All controls are on the screen and a fairly easy to understand.

Rating: (1-5)

       Relevance to objectives: 5 (Lets you explore the planet and check out different intrest points.)
       Provides practice of relevant skills: 5 (Gives students a chance to use several maps.)
       Likely to arouse/maintain interest: 4 (Did for me but had no audio to it)
       Likely to be comprehended clearly: 4 (No instructions for young users.)
       Technical quality (durable, attractive): 5 (Looks great! A pleasure to look at.)
       Game: Winning dependent on player actions (rather than chance):  1 (No game involved, all exploritory.)
       Simulation: Validity of game model (realistic, accurate depiction): 5 (Looked very real w/ satilight images)
       Evidence of effectiveness (e.g. field-test results): None taken.
       Clear directions for play: 1 (No instruction, only a hunt and peck adventure)
       Effectiveness of debriefing: 1 (No debriefing.)

Strong Points: Very nice graphics with the ability to get close up. Allot of fun to play with and holds your intrest with many locations
Weak Points: No clear direction on the abilities of the maps, a hunt a searh method of instruction.
Reviewer: Steven Brouse
Position: Student
Date: Sept. 15, 1998
Computer System Reviewed on: Macintosh PowerPC 6500/250, 32mb ram.