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Barbie Generation Girl Gotta Groove CD-ROM offers Barbie fans the opportunity to design and perform their own dance routines, using their favorite Generation Girl friends. Using an object-oriented programing approach, users select various dance moves from a selection of cards, assemble then in the order they desire by dragging and dropping, then watching the resulting routine.
And since this is a Barbie program, of course the user also gets to select the outfits, the music, and the dance floor set!
Gotta Groove Barbie offers young girls the opportunity to choreograph their own unique dance routines, design sets, and (of course) pick out Barbie's clothes. The combination of these creative elements, and the drawing power the program will exert on young girls to the computer, merits this program's educational rating.
Unfortunately, after an initially captivating hour-long experience, she reported a major disappointment. "There were only five different costumes to choose from."
Keen insight that eight year-old had. We had noted that there were 300 different possible outfit combinations, when fabric color and pattern were selected. But we had not noticed that there were only five different basic outfits - the total combination count was driven by the large number of color and pattern choices.
"What about the dance choreography?" we asked. "Wasn't that the best part of the program?"
"Not really. There also weren't that many dance moves they could do. But the main problem was not enough outfits."
So there you have it, from the mouth of a pro.
The program itself is easy for a child to use, after they figure it out, or after the parent or other older care-giver has read the manual on how to create the dance routines.
PC: Windows95 or Windows98, Pentium 166MHz or faster, 70 MB hard drive space, 32 MB RAM, 16-bit graphics card and color monitor, 8X CD-ROM drive, 16-bit SoundBlaster card or compatible.return to top of page
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