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Crayola Paint 地 Play Pony


Ages 5 to 12

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

Crayola Paint 地 Play Pony Screen Shot System Requirements

PC / Mac Price Survey

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If there is a horse and pony lover in your household, this lovely little program will be sure to please. It not only invites users to select a favorite pony to groom, decorate and name, but it also provides a 組allery for displaying artistic creations and penning original stories about the beloved creatures.

Paint 地 Play Pony is hosted by Penelope the Pig, a virtual friend who gleefully guides the user through the many sections included in the program. Horses graze on a hillside main screen from which a number of activities can be accessed. Double-clicking on one of the horses, which range in breed, size and color, results in a full screen shot of that horse, with icons representing decorating options floating about, ready to be manipulated. Endless creative possibilities exist, from hair care options which allow the user to brush, color, cut or re-grow the pony痴 hair, or add braids, ribbons or glitter. That accomplished, accessories can be added including hats, flower garlands, blankets or leg warmers. Next a voice is added to the proud animal, who can neigh, nicker, snort, whinny or squeal. A name must be chosen, a background added, friends inserted into the picture, and so on. The possibilities are seemingly endless.

At this point the cherished creation is added to the gallery, from which it can be printed, or exported to other programs. A journal option not only offers Penelope痴 horse stories to read and enjoy, but provides a haven for personalized journalistic attempts, complete with starter ideas to spark the child痴 literary flame.

Additional opportunity to groom and care for the 宋irtual pony is provided in the stable, where colts, yearlings and grown horses must be fed, brushed and shampooed. Older horses love to have their muscles rubbed with liniment, their hooves oiled and their legs re-bandaged.

Horse care is demanding business, but rewards await in the form of printable ribbons and certificates. Fun facts about ponies and horses are also included in this versatile program, as are profiles of famous horses throughout history.

Educational Value
Not only does Paint 地 Play Pony provide good solid experience with computer familiarity and use, but it includes stories and writing opportunities to encourage the young author. A majestic horse creation could just provide the inspiration needed for a literary masterpiece.

Kid Appeal
SuperKids kid testers loved this program. "It痴 the kind of program a girl can spend endless hours with on a solitary rainy day," was one parent reviewer痴 comment. Girls were heard oohing and aahing about the ponies and horses and especially liked making foals for the mares. "My daughter fantasizes about owning a pony," said a pleased mother. "This program makes a satisfying substitute."

Ease of Use / Install
Installation and navigation of Paint 地 Play Pony are simple and trouble-free.

Best for... / Bottom-Line
With its horse and pony theme, and coloring, decorating, and creative writing activities, this program is a natural winner for young girls.

See SuperKids' comparisons with other girls software titles, and the Buyers Guide for current market prices of the PC and Mac versions.

System Requirements
PC: Windows 95, Pentium 75 MHz or faster cpu, 10 MB hard drive space, 16 MB RAM, SVGA 640x480 256 colors display, Quad-speed or faster CD-ROM, Windows-compatible sound card

Mac: System 7.1.2 or higher, Power Macintosh or faster, 10 MB hard drive space, 16 MB RAM, 640x480, 256 colors display, Quad-speed or faster CD-ROM

Reviewed on:

  • PowerMac 6400/200 with 32MB and 8XCD
  • Pentium166 with 24MB and 12XCD
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