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June/July 2002

Here are some of the latest releases in children's software and video games. The annual event, Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), took place in May. New and future releases in software and games were showcased. This month, new titles include an updated sports sim, a brand new line-up of JumpStart titles, and more.

Electronic Sports

Backyard Baseball 2003 Coming mid-June is the latest edition of the excellent kids' baseball simulation, Backyard Baseball. This time around, in addition to the animated children in the Backyard Bunch, kids get to choose from 30 child versions of professional Baseball players when they select their team to manage. 

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy: Backyard Baseball 2003 at]

All-New JumpStarts

An all-new JumpStart line-up of curriculum-based programs is on the horizon. Entitled JumpStart Advanced, these new titles are designed to cater to children's different learning styles. New titles include Preschool, Kindergarten, 1st Grade, and 2nd Grade.

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy: JumpStart Advanced Preschool, JumpStart Advanced Kindergarten, JumpStart Advanced 1st Grade, JumpStart Advanced 2nd Grade at]


See screenshots from the excellent, all-new JumpStart Advanced Kindergarten title

"Somewhere in the popcorn nebula..."

The Star Flyers is a brand new software series from The Learning Company, known for their Reader Rabbit and ClueFinders line of software. Two titles are being released this June, The Star Flyers Royal Jewel Rescue and The Star Flyers Alien Space Chase. Aimed at children in early elementary, these new programs star a courageous young girl who sets out on imaginary adventures in outer space.

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy: StarFlyers Royal Jewel RescueStarFlyers Alien Space Chase at]


Little People Rule

A cute, playful program starring Little People from Fisher Price (you've probably seen these toys) has just been released. It's based on the Discovery Airport toy, and features really sweet graphics and simple games that will help develop children's skills with the mouse. Preschoolers will be pleased as punch. It's worth checking out. 

See our screenshot gallery of the game, Fisher Price Little People Discovery Airport.

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy: Fisher-Price Little People Airport at]


From Topics Entertainment

Topics Entertainment has recently released new Express Excelerator titles that each include 2 previously-released CD-ROMs, and retail for only $9.99 US. Of the releases, the ones we find most worthwhile are Phonics Excelerator and 3rd & 4th Grade Excelerator. The Phonics program includes two educational programs that teach vowels and consonants and their sounds. The 3rd & 4th Grade program features the awesome Awesome Animated Monster Maker Math and a language arts program that teaches kids writing skills.

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy: Phonics Excelerator (Jewel Case)3rd & 4th Grade Excelerator (Jewel Case) at]

Jay-Jay the Jet Plane

Two new titles featuring PBS Kids' Jay-Jay the Jet Plane are now available. Jay Jay Earns His Wings focuses on early math and sorting skills, and Sky Heroes to the Rescue teaches kids language arts skills (letters, words, and spelling) as they learn about nature. These CD-ROMs feature missions that are carried out through a series of early learning activities. "Helping out" is a common theme in the programs, just as it is in the television series.

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy: Jay Jay Earns His WingsJay Jay: Sky Heroes To The Rescue at]

Curious George

Curious George Downtown Adventure has been released this month. Curious George simply cannot help but get into trouble, and kids help him get out of his predicaments by solving a number of puzzles. This program is a wonderful exercise in logical thinking and experimentation. It's a refreshing change, aimed at preschoolers and Kindergarten-age children, but just fine for children just a little older.

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy: Curious George Downtown Adventure at]

See our screenshot gallery of this new Curious George game.

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