Title: Troggle Trouble Math
Overall Rating:  B+
Source: Muncher Math Series / Softkey Multimedia / The Learning Company   http://www.mecc.com/
Playing Time: Variable: individual rounds as short as five minutes with total playing sessions ranging thirty minutes and up.  Program capable of returning player to a saved game.
Date: 1996
Cost: $ 9.99
Number of Players: One
Special Equipment/Facilities Needed: Macintosh Computer equipped with CD rom, keyboard, mouse
Subject Area: Mathematics (Mathematical Reasoning, Basic Four operations and Algorithms), appropriate for Elementary Grades One to Six (level of difficulty adjustable)
Objectives: A student will:  improve mathematical reasoning skills; practice four basic operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) in a variety of word problems; develop proficiency with the basic four operations; use count on's, grouping, and place value to understand the numeration system; construct number meanings through the use of concrete examples; learn to appropriately use a calculator.
Brief Description: This program offers a variety of fun, yet challenging mathematical games.  The player and an animated dog named, "Sparky, the Math Dog," explore an array of calculable situations.  Their goal is to solve the presented math problem correctly before the imaginary group of characters known as "The Troggles" eat all of Sparky's Bones.  Calculating the correct response allows the player to "troggulate" (wipe out) the pesky Troggles.
Entry Capabilities Required: Basic reading skills and number recognition necessary, ability to type own name, as well as being capable of using a mouse

Rating: (1-5)

Strong Points:  This software package includes a correlating teacher's manual and lesson plans.  There are a wide array of problems to solve with sixty varying levels of difficulty.
Weak Points:  The problems become increasingly difficult, very quickly above grade four.  The theme of the game may be uninteresting to the older child capable of answering the difficult questions.
Reviewer:  Megan Narenkivicius
Position:  MST graduate student
Date:  March 24, 1999
Computer System Reviewed on:  Power Mac G3 233, 64 megabytes of RAM