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Reading Blaster Ages 9 - 12 (Jewel Case)

Platform : Windows XP
4.1 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews

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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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Product Description

Things in Bizarroville are way more bizarre than ever! Six of the town's leading citizens have vanished into thin air, and all evidence points to Dr Dabble! Use your reading comprehension skills to help Rave rescue the missing people. Follow the trail of letters, journals and clues left behind in the doc's spooky digs. As you search, you'll have to find the main ideas, detect important details and draw conclusions to unravel the mystery! Master Over 20 Essential Skills, Including: Sentence structure, Parts of speech, Grammar, Analogies, Synonyms and antonyms, Finding the main idea, Drawing conclusions, Logical reasoning, Making inferences, Using context clues, Sequencing and ordering. What's Inside: Over 75 unique mystery stories will stimulate your imagination. Three levels of difficulty offer progressive learning challenges. Comprehensive content prepares you for standardized tests. Seven printable mystery stories encourage further reading. Special parent tip section provided by Ricki Linksman, M.Ed, Director of the National Reading Diagnostics Institute.

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • ASIN: B0009A1X7K
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 8, 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,177 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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Unlike many "educational" computer programs, this one is actually fun! You need to read and think carefully to find the clues to rescue the poor citizens who have been turned into appliances by the mad Dr Dabble. Along the way you practice reading skills such as parts of speech, word association and sequencing. If only all lessons were this much fun a lot more kids would beg to go to school.
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I have used Reading Blaster for over ten years with my students, and I still love it. They have a great time learning vocabulary, grammar and all sorts of reading skills. This updated version works great with Vista.
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I am currently a 22 year old college graduate as I write my review for this game. From my own experience, this game was not only educational, but it was highly addictive and fun. I played this game for hours upon hours when I was a kid. The reason I decided to suddenly review this game is because it recently helped me during a trivia game just a few days ago.

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.
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Unfortunately most children today are over amped on video presentations and seem to crave the excess audio/video that is provided on TV and movies and have a hard time leaving the stimulation off, while quietly studying on their own. So be it... the interactive Dvd's makes my 9 year old granddaughter more interested in reading and solving the different games presented and I am glad of it, because she wails about having to do any homework. I like this game. Her older brother played it as well, which I find interesting that he could put down his XBOX for awhile. I recommend this game.
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I remember playing this game when I was a kid and I absolutely LOVED it!!! I love the fact that it has an actual story line and it's not just mindlessly having you figure out puzzles for no reason. I was just thinking about this game the other day and how I still wanted to play it again even though I'm now well past the age limit! It may not be new, but I 100% recommend this game!
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First of all, I would like to stress that plot matters a lot to me. If it doesn't matter so much to your child, you can disregard some of my review.

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.
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My daughter loves online games and working on "missions" or solving problems in an interactive setting. That said, she is not comfortable with this one and after giving it a try for about a week, she abandoned it to focus on another online game that was math based.
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I choose this CD because it works. Children love the many activities which are presented in game like mode. It proves that reading can be FUN. Children can work independently and there is quick feedback as to progress and areas of concern. Ages 7-12
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