Reading Blaster Ages 9 - 12 (Jewel Case)
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- Use your reading comprehension skills to help Rave rescue the missing people.
- Find the main ideas, detect important details and draw conclusions to unravel the mystery!
- Over 75 unique mystery stories will stimulate your imagination.
- Over 75 unique mystery stories will stimulate your imagination. Seven printable mystery stories encourage further reading.
- Special parent tip section provided.
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The trivia question was actually on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" and it asked "What parts of speech are usually classified as being in the 'active voice' or 'passive voice'?" I knew the answer immediately after a phrase from this game, that I last heard well over 10 years ago, replayed itself in my head. The phrase was: "Verbs are action words. Past tense verbs often end in 'ed'." I immediately knew the answer thanks to this PC game! It's amazing how it stuck in my brain all that time!
The point of my review is to let you know, from experience firsthand, that the lessons taught in this game will STICK with your child for life. Even if they play it as a kid, but then forget about it for a good 10 years, the lessons will stay in their head like they did with me.
The game begins with an annoying cutscene where everyone is far too overdramatic. This might be funny to young kids, but I think older kids (like the ones in the AGE RANGE, like me when I first played this) will find it irritating. On the sign-in screen, they make it sound like "play the opening cutscene" is optional, but the options cannot be unchecked unless you check something else, and they forgot to put a "don't play opening cutscene" option. Basically, the option doesn't even work.
As for gameplay, a lot of these activities are fun, especially the puzzle games, the ghost crossing game, and, my personal favorite, a sentence-building game that teaches parts of speech. I'm not much of a judge about educational content, but I do believe this would be a good way for kids to review what they learned, even if it's not very challenging for the upper end of the age range.
One unique part about this game is that, to free the missing guests, you have to find three objects belonging to them. You win an object after each game you win. To find out which three objects belong to each guest, and to find out which two objects are red herrings, you need to find "clues". Clues are certain pieces of paper lying around that you wipe off to find a message. The difficulty of the clues will increase as the game progresses.
But, like I said, certain plot deatils have a big effect for me, which is the reason I only gave the product two stars (Minor spoilers below). As the discription says, the goal is to help a green goblin called Rave rescue six citizens that Dr. Dabble captured.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this for my son who is struggling in reading. This is not a great tool for him. It is good for more advanced readers. Its a CD so the graphics are so-so. Read morePublished 5 months ago by MammaMac
as advertised, low cost. make sure it will run on your computer as it is an older productPublished 8 months ago by William B. Secor
I loved this game when I was young, it taught me so much and I will use it to teach my kids. Very useful learning gamePublished 9 months ago by shannon
Game is very frustrating for my child some of the activities are almost impossible to do even when you know what to do. Definitely a disappointment/Published 9 months ago by Susan Witherell
Couldn't play this on Windows 7:) We were really disappointed!Published 10 months ago by OneWomanSpirit
My kids love this game, but it has a tendency to freeze on the computer screen which can cause frustration.Published 16 months ago by Stephanie Zelaya