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Freddi Fish and her sidekick Luther are back. This time they're off to visit her cousin Callico in Briny Gulch, to learn how to raise hogfish. Unfortunately, upon their arrival at Callico Ranch, they learn that all her hogfish have been "rustled." Since the sheriff is out of town, Freddi and Luther rise to the challenge, and volunteer to find the hogfish and catch the rustlers.
Once again, Humongous has provided a visually captivating experience. The rich colors, flowing animation, and occasional use of "close-ups" provide what feels like an interactive Saturday morning cartoon.
Somewhat out of place, is a mini-game within the program that offers an arcade-style, bubble shooting gallery. Although captivating to young video game users, it seemed to appeal to a different type of child than the rest of the program.
What did they like? They commented on the challenges involved, and the "random play" feature, which means that problems and clues vary when the game is replayed. Parents reported frequent laughter, and calls of "You've got to see this!"
Our testers found "ease of use" to be a relative term... Freddi Fish 4 is easy to use, in that it's based on a click-and-explore model. None of our reviewers reported a need to refer to a manual to get started. However, unless you are inquisitive and have a good memory for where you saw things (and how to get back there), you may find this program quite challenging. Interestingly, our parrent reviewers found the program to be as challenging, if not more challenging, than did an 8 year-old tester.
PC: Windows 95/98, Pentium 90 or faster cpu, 16 MB RAM, 256 color display, CD-ROMreturn to top of page
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