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Early Learning Software

Maxis'
Marty and The Trouble With Cheese

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Editor's Review, the Comparative Ratings Table for Early Learning Software, and the SuperKids Buyers Guide for current market prices of PC and Mac versions..

Reviewed on:
Pentium PC w/8Mb and 2XCD, and
PowerMac 6100/60 w/8Mb and 2XCD

Proxy Parent Value
Marty is an interactive storybook that substitutes voice commands for mouse and keyboard inputs. This difference makes Marty at least initially intriguing to young children new to computers, or those unable to master the use of a mouse. For those who have figured out a mouse and keyboard, Marty's sound-activated features are a novelty. But as the novelty value wears off, the child discovers a rather small range of interactive potential, limiting the long-term usage of the program.

Parent Friendly
Because of the fickle nature of sound input calibration, this program can be frustrating at times. It wasn't always clear to our reiewers when the program really needed a voice input. Hence, some frustration at not being able to answer the "mommy, I can't make this work," type of questions.

Purchase Value
Marty is certainly entertaining, especially for the younger set. But it struck our reviewers as being only marginally more entertaining than a videotape. A child who is already familiar with other, more interactive animated storybooks would find this program a little too sedate.



Marty and The
Trouble With Cheese
Interest Holding Power * *
Parent Friendly * *
Independent Activity Value * * *
Educational Value * *
Purchase Value * *
PARENT'S RATING * *


See also:
Editor's Review and the Summary Ratings Table


System Requirements >

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<DD>486/33 or faster, Windows 3.1 or later, 8MB RAM, 1MB free space on hard drive, CD-ROM drive, mouse, SVGA color monitor with 256 color, multimedia compatible sound card with sound input.  Also runs on Windows 95.</DD>
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<DT>Mac:</DT>
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<DD>68030/25 or higher, including PowerMac, System 7.0 or later, 8MB RAM, 1MB free space on hard drive, CD-ROM drive, 13



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