love the Fisher Price Imaginext building toy line. It has
fantastic appeal to young children and parents like the idea that
kids use thinking skills as they build toys that they can play
with using their imagination. Two new software titles have been
released based on the toy. This one, Pirate Raiders, is a
satisfying game that is perhaps low on educational value (unlike
the toy on which it is based), but it is enjoyable
Young players are presented with
a series of missions. The basic idea is to prove that they are
"pirate material". As kids play, they win sacks of gold
and crew members. They can exchange their sacks of gold for snazzy
items to soup up their pirate ships--cannons, armor, sails, and
the like. Missions include such things as finding treasure,
capturing forts, and sinking and raiding ships.
the adventure, kids are addressed as "captains"--very
cute! They steer their ship using the computer arrow keys in
activities such as the one pictured at left. They encounter sea
monsters and enemy ships. At various points in the missions, kids
can engage in trades, always keeping in mind how they can improve
their ships. Raiding ships involves running along a deck, jumping
over barrels, and collecting sacks of gold. Pictured above is a
ship with some extra items (flags, sails, etc.) that our kid
tester bought with the gold he earned. Choices are plentiful--this
is a fun reward.
Capturing forts involves shooting
cannons that appear behind doors. A bit of target practice is the
name of this game. Game elements vary a little from one game to
the next, so the replay value is above average. All in all, the
program is satisfying.
controls are likely to be tricky for kids younger than 4 or 5, so
there is a bit of a mismatch between the toy line and the CD-ROM.
The software has many missions and doesn't run out of steam as
quickly as many titles on the market, however, and our testers
didn't want to stop playing.
[For more information, user
reviews, or to buy: Fisher-Price Imaginext Pirate Raider]
- Fun graphics.
- Involving, satisfying
- Some elements are
randomized, helping to boost replay value.
- Low educational value.
- A little tricky for
children younger than 4 or 5.
||By: Vivendi Universal
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