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Although based on the Lego System play theme of the same name, Lego Rock Raiders more closely resembles an interactive sci-fi movie than the Lego Building Sets of old. The program begins with a lengthy video in which the crew of the LMS Explorer is stranded in orbit around an uncharted planet. Users join the Rock Raiders team as they explore the mysteries hidden beneath the planet's surface and participate in dozens of underground missions that will eventually re-energize their ship's engines and allow them to return home.
Those with the desire and ability to master the program will be rewarded with plenty of action and outstanding 3D graphics. And once one mission is successfully achieved, the desire to tackle another grows.
Rock Raiders is definitely not the kind of program that can be instantly played with expertise. It requires over an hour of 'training' and even then missions require intense exploration and experimentation. Our testers who lacked commitment and patience quickly became bored with the program and moved on to other endeavors. Those who persisted noted that each new mission is a learning adventure. "I stumbled and bluffed my way through most of my early missions," commented one 14 year old tester.
Help with this complicated program comes from three sources. The included Instruction Manual provides plenty of information about the program's many nuances, but it is quite long, and not easy reading, especially for the younger (8 year-old) user. The program itself offers a thorough training series taking the user through all of the basics. Unfortunately, however, training sessions are almost too controlled. Trainees get very little undirected practice. Finally, on-screen advice is furnished throughout each mission.
PC: Windows 95/98, Pentium 200 MHz MMX or faster cpu, 200 MB hard drive space, 32 MB RAM, Game resolution 800x600 high color 16 bit, Quad-speed or faster CD-ROM, 4MB PCI or AGP DirectX 6.0 compatible 3D accelerator card, DirectX 6.0 (included on disc), DirectSound compatible soundcard.return to top of page
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