advertisement


red line SuperKids Software Review - The Parent's and Teacher's Guide to Childrens' Software
free newsletter! spacer tell a friend! spacer contests
spacer
software
  reviews
  bestseller list
  price survey
  what's new
  product support
  search
spacer
educational tools
  math worksheets
  vocabulary builders
  hangman
  iPhone/iPad apps
  logic games
  brain food
spacer
educational insights

feature articles
spacer
marketplace
  iPhone/iPad apps
  reading corner
  movie corner
spacer
SuperKids home
  about SuperKids
  advertise!
  humor
  links
  help
spacer
  * * *

Promotions




  * * *




  * * *

spacer all reviews > > > art software

Pokémon Project Studio

The Learning Company

Ages 6 and up

Rating Scale
5 = great,    1 = poor
Educational Value
3.5
Kid Appeal
5.0
Ease of Use
4.0

Pokemon Project Studio Screen Shot System Requirements

PC / Mac Price Survey

Product Support

It had to happen. Pokémon is invading our lives--now the colorful characters are even creeping into our PCs. In this case, however, parents can be happy to have their kids interacting with the Pokémon gang. This program lets kids explore their creativity and even helps develop useful computer graphics skills.

There are two versions of Pokémon Project Studio from the Learning Company: the Blue Version, and the Red Version. Both versions function like other print studio programs, allowing kids to create everything from calendars and party invitations to necklaces, masks, stickers, tatoos, key chains, stationery and much more. Each contains 80 of the 151 Pokémon characters, and both versions include the top 10 creatures.

Educational Value
As with other programs in the print studio category, there is very little classroom oriented educational value in Pokémon Project Studio. That does not, however, mean that the program does not help children develop important thinking skills. Creating their own satisfying and unique projects encourages kids to problem solve, explore and expand their artistic abilities. More importantly, it also provides kids with a sense of pride and accomplishment in a job well-done.

As with most programs of this type, value increases as the child learns the ins and outs of the program. Included tools allow kids to simply customize existing designs or go wild creating truly unique projects.

Kid Appeal
Our kid testers were already Pokémon enthusiasts. They couldn't get enough of the program, and commented that "any kid that likes Pokémon will love Pokémon Project Studio!" As one parent reviewer commented: "Much of the Pokémon paraphernalia is junk, but kids don't care -- they want it anyway. It's great to find something kids love that parents can feel good about."

Ease of Use / Install
This program installs without difficulty. The program's user interface is almost identical to that used in the Nick-O-Matic Design Studio from The Learning Company's parent company Mattel Interactive. Our kid testers found this interface relatively easy to use, but agreed that a thorough reading of the included User's Guide increased their understanding of the program, thereby increasing the program's overall versatility. As expected, younger users need guidance to do more advanced projects.

Best for... / Bottom-Line
Kids will clamor for this program regardless of its merits. Thankfully, it's one Pokémon product that parents can feel good about buying.

See SuperKids' comparisons with other art software titles, and the Buyers Guide for current market prices of this PC-only program.

System Requirements
PC: Windows 98/95, 100 MHz Pentium or faster cpu, 16 MB RAM (32 MB RAM recommended), 800x600 display High and True color supported, Double-speed or faster CD-ROM.

Reviewed on:

  • Pentium166 with 48MB and 12XCD
  • return to top of page



    Go to: About SuperKids Educational Software Review
    Questions or comments regarding this site? webmaster@superkids.com
    Copyright © 1998-2016 Knowledge Share LLC. All rights reserved. Privacy Policy