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Even fans of the Warner Brothers animated feature "Quest for Camelot" will be disappointed with this uninspiring software adventure. In fact, if not for the addition of a virtual pet -- a charismatic dragon that the user raises from a hatchling to a self-sufficient pre-teen, the program would be a total ho-hum.
Little Puff (or whatever his surrogate parent chooses to name him) not only comes complete with care instructions, but a disarming personality as well. From the moment he hatches he makes his needs known, crying and reaching for his bottle when hungry, becoming droopy eyed at naptime, and making nasty faces when his diaper is dirty. As he grows he interacts more and more, pressing his face up against the screen to peer out at the omnipotent user. Approaching independence, he begins to act-out, as any normal pre-teen would, adopting an obnoxious attitude and making statements like, "Do we HAVE to do this," and "Am I getting an allowance for this?" Suddenly he leaves the nest, but continues to send messages via "dragon mail".
There are 6 additional activities included in the program. 'Magic Potions' lets the user mix magical potions to make beastly creatures while 'Make a Minion' invites the user to create amusing monsters by mixing and matching body parts then sprinkling the creature with magic potion to watch him animate in silly ways. 'Ruber's Barricade' is a knock off of the well-known arcade game "Brickles".
Three activities literally borrow clips and animation from the Quest for Camelot film. 'Dragon Tales' is a mini storybook maker in which the child uses movie backdrops and scenes, 'Singalong' lets kids follow the bouncing Bladebeak (a character from the movie) to learn original Dragon songs, and 'Ogre's Movie Cave' is nothing more than a collections of short clips from the movie.
Additional value can be found in this programís storybook section, which allows children to practice their writing skills, the singalongs which require some reading, and the 'Raise a Dragon' activity through which kids experience some of the trials and tribulations of raising a pet.
Program navigation is extremely simple. The main screen is a map which allows the user to easily access any of the programís many activities.
PC: Window 95, 486/66 MHz or faster cpu, 6 MB hard drive space, 16 MB RAM, 256-color, 640x480 display, 4x or faster CD-ROM, Sound Blaster or compatible sound card QuickTime software (included)return to top of page
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