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Software Review:    Freddi Fish 5: The Case of the Creature of Coral Cove

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Freddi Fish is always willing to help out when there is a problem to solve. In this, her fifth adventure, Freddi attempts to get to the bottom of a troublesome situation--at the bottom of the sea. The mayor wants to open Coral Cove to the public, but a sea creature is scaring everyone away. Determined to figure out the reason behind the creature's unrest, Freddi sets out to find some answers and comes face to face with a whole slew of little problems to solve along the way. She meets interesting characters, like Mayor Marlin, who is forever wrapped up in his appearance (and in the screenshot above, literally so), and the mellow Nick the Beatnik who runs a shop called Nick's Knacks. 

Children work through the adventure by collecting items and using them to solve the various problems in the cove. They keep their eyes open for purple sea urchins to trade for useful items, and explore every nook and cranny in order to solve the adventure. Along the way, children can play a fun game that is similar to Battleship. They place groups of fish on a grid, and attempt to uncover their opponent's hidden fish before their opponent finds their own.

Veterans of Humongous' Junior Adventures will dive right into this underwater extravaganza, and will be pleased to discover that this adventure may last a little longer than previous ones because it is rather challenging. Newcomers or children under 7 might get frustrated too easily. Gather up a group of kids on a rainy afternoon and let them at this exciting program. They'll use their heads and have a great time.

Pros:
  • Graphically rich scenes
  • Original storyline and humor throughout
  • Plenty of problem solving 
  • Satisfying game-play 
  • Two game-paths boost replay value.

 

Cons:
  • Suggested age group on box may be off -- this title is too challenging for 4-7 year olds.

 

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For Win/Mac By: Humongous Entertainment      Ages 5-9 Published: 2001
 

 

Our Rating:

A

To Buy this CD-ROM:

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 Reviewed June 2001                                                                                                    Comments? Email us.
 
 


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