Title: Star wars: Droid Works
Overall Rating: -A
Source:  Saterlee Hall, Room 300
Playing Time: Unlimited.  However, in active game time, there is only 5 minutes of play.
Date: 1999
Cost: $39.95 http://www.droidworks.com/
Number of Players: 1
Special Equipment/Facilities Needed: Windows CD-ROM or MAC CD-ROM
Subject Area: Scientific principles
Objectives: To teach the user about scientific principles to overcome certain objectives in the game. Your mission, ultimately, is to infiltrate and stop an assasin droid factory.
Brief Description: This is an adventure game as well as a construction set program.  The player starts off by designing his/her own robot from numerous robotic parts.  They build the robot depending on the task or terrain at hand.  Then the adventure game portion kicks into effect.  Your new built droid is deployed into an environment with numerous tasks to perform.  These tasks are performed by learning about scientific principles and applying them to surpass certain obstacles.  When you complete a mission, your robot gets a higher ranking.  This will allow you to get closer to the assasin droid factory..
Entry Capabilities Required: One must be able to follow close instruction to complete the scientific problems presented to them.  You are given the answer, so therefore you must apply it to an obstacle as it presents itself.  You must be able to follow a sequence to perform certain tasks.

Rating: (1-5)

Strong Points:  I found the game graphically stimulating as well as relatively educational.  It was very user friendly and I felt it was a good idea to involve the player by building his/her own droid.  It gives you a little more sense of control.  I also felt that any educational software that uses Star Wars to teach is a pretty smart way to go.
Weak Points:  Eventhough the game was in fact educational, it could have involved the teaching process a little more actively.  There were not enough instances when the user could use his/her knowledge to perform a task.
Reviewer:  James Dowd
Position:  Elementary Education Graduation Student
Date:  June 8, 1999
Computer System Reviewed on: Macintosh PowerPC 6500/250, 32mb ram.