Playing Time: Depends
on how good you are. I played 5, 5 minute games and couldn't get
to the next world.
Number of Players: 1
(The students could work in pairs or with more partners)
Special Equipment/Facilities Needed:
MAC or WINDOWS,
Subject Area: Mathematics
build knowledge and understanding of addition, subtraction, multiplication
and division skills using whole numbers, fractions, decimals and
Brief Description: The
students must come up with formulas in which the outcomes equal the number
of troggles in order to save Magentas dog from being eaten. The students
are on a mission to find a stole person.
Entry Capabilities Required: You
can adjust the level of difficulty in many different ways, so just basic
knowledge of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division are
Relevance to objectives: 5-
All it does is work on the 4 basic functions of math.
It's a great
introduction to creating formulas which leads to algebra down the
Provides practice of relevant skills:
4- You use the 4 functions
the most out of all math learned.
Likely to arouse/maintain interest:
1- If you can't get to the
next board, which is almost impossible because you can't count the number
of toggles, it is frustrating.
Likely to be comprehended clearly:
2- The initial directions
are not clear, but the programs help menu is set up for easy usage and
Technical quality (durable, attractive):
2- The dog is cute, the troggles
and the whole concept if the trogglelator is not attractive at
Game: Winning dependent on player actions (rather
than chance): 2-
In order to win, you must be able to complete a certain number of boards.
Students will probably either run out of time or interest before that
Simulation: Validity of game model (realistic,
accurate depiction): 2-
Completely unique concept, but a poor one at that. Very immature,
for any grade.
Evidence of effectiveness (e.g. field-test
3- It says it is based on
the Award Winning Muncher Series, but I doubt it.
Clear directions for play: 3-
The directions are not clear, but the help menu is.
Effectiveness of debriefing:
1- Never got to the
debriefing section because I could not win the game. I did get to
put my name on the high score chart, but it was useless because I was the
first one to play.
count the number of troggles.
Computer System Reviewed on: Power Macintosh
G3, 233 megahertz, 64 mgb of RAM