As a kid
tester for EdutainingKids.com, eight-year-old Marissa
has a chance to
sample plenty of software, new and old.
We've compiled the
following list of Marissa's favorite computer games, including some
older titles that she has
favored over many of the new games she helps test.
Marissa prefers free-play
creativity titles that allow her to explore and experiment. She
has a particular fondness for simulation software.
can't quite get enough of The Sims. Well, she does stop
playing now and again, but she returns to the game
frequently. She is fond of The Sims Deluxe Edition, which
includes the Livin' Large expansion. Although the Sims 2 has
been released, she still wants to play the original Sims.
She uses the "money cheat" quite happily.
For more information, user reviews, or to buy The Sims Deluxe Edition at Amazon.com.
Journey of the Zoombinis
still enjoys Zoombinis Logical Journey after years and years
of play. This logical thinking adventure is
actually designed for children ages 9 and up. However, many
of its puzzles on the lower levels are appropriate for
younger kids. As well, the ability to play
the game in practice mode makes it easy to play games that
Buy Zoombinis Logical Journey at Amazon.com
This game is pure fun! It plays
much like the board game, CandyLand, and the theme is Wizard
of Oz -- but with the Rugrats starring in this CD-ROM, it's
the Land of Odd! Kids can play alone as they move along the
spaces of the game board, or with a friend. Marissa plays
this game again and again--both independently and with her
sister. See our review of the game here
from the game.
For more information, user reviews, or to buy
Rugrats Munchin Land at Amazon.com.
Pix Deluxe 3
The ultimate in creative free-play, this creative toolbox
offers kids wonderful tools for making masterpieces. Marissa
enjoyed this program at school in her Kindergarten class,
and often turns to it at home as well. Wacky and traditional
tools are included, and a fun sound tool sets this program
apart. We like it better than the older versions of Kid Pix.
For more information, user reviews, or to buy Kid Pix Deluxe 3rd Edition
Old Favorites - Titles
Marissa has outgrown, but that had unusually long replay
Rabbit Learn to Read with Phonics
This program helped Marissa the most when she was
learning to read. There are two programs in this package,
with the featured CD-ROM, Road to Reading, a system that reinforces letter
sounds and introduces sight words through games and story
books. She loved this game.
Now repackaged as Reader Rabbit Learn to Read with
Phonics Preschool-Kindergarten: Buy Reader Rabbit Learn To Read With...
Price Time to Play Pet Shop
There's nothing much here to learn, but who says kids
always have to be learning when they play on the computer?
Marissa has played "pet shop owner" many a time in the last
couple of years. She happily chose animals for her shop,
ordered supplies for them, and groomed them.
Buy Fisher-Price Time To Play Pet Shop
This fun kitchen and cooking simulation title has been around for a few years, but
still managed to keep Marissa engaged for unusually long periods of time. Children are given a virtual kitchen to
explore where they can drag food items into pots on the stove to cook them,
place them in a blender, and more. Children can make breakfast on the griddle
and decorate a cake for Minnie and Mickey Mouse. Marissa thoroughly enjoys
freeform creativity titles, and this program allows her to play with all sorts
of variables for unique results. It's a lot of fun, and includes recipes for
kids to try out with their parents in the real kitchen as well.
Travels Through Time
Saves the Zoo
Of all the Putt-Putt adventures, these are the editions
that Marissa enjoyed the most. Her older siblings solved the
games well before she did, but that didsn't stop her from
playing them again and again. Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo is an
older title that was developed before the series added
randomization to the objects kids are supposed to collect.
It is best for preschoolers who like that kind of
predictability. The zoo theme is great fun, and the songs
Buy Putt-Putt Travels Through Time
When Marissa was just a toddler, she learned to use the mouse with the help of
her then-favorite software, Reader Rabbit Toddler. She
hasn't played the game for a few years, but this is the one that got her
started. This is topnotch software for very beginners on the computer.
Buy Reader Rabbit Toddler 2002
Marissa played every single available Blue's Clues
software made by Humongous Entertainment. It is hard to
determine which one she enjoyed the most, but she was quick
to say "Treasure Hunt" when asked! This software
title is packed with activities along with the treasure
hunts themselves. Be aware that parents need to help find
all the clues. Marissa never did actually solve the treasure
hunts, but she didn't mind at all. She enjoyed the
activities and participating in "partial" Blue's Clues hunts.
Buy Blue's Clues Treasure Hunt
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Updated April 2005