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Millie Meter's Nutrition Adventure is a nicely animated attempt to provide young children with a basic understanding of nutrition and the human digestive system.
Millie's adventure begins outdoors in the Valley of the Giants, when she encounters some strange, rumbling, talking boulders -- all with stomach aches! Jumping in a handy little space capsule, Millie flies into the mouth of the largest to see if she can find the problem.
Starting with the mouth, then proceeding past the epiglottis, into the stomach and beyond, Millie learns about the digestive process. Her goal is to find six games, and correctly solve the problems they present. With each correct puzzle solution, she earns a portion of the golden pyramid -- aka, the nutrional food pyramid. When all of them are solved, she will learn the cause of the giants' problem.
Millie Meter's Nutrition Adventure does a very nice job of covering most of the essential elements of the digestion process. In fact, one of our adult reviewers noted that "the program covered almost everything I know about digestion, and maybe a bit more!"The program's design requires the user to click around on objects within each of the digestive system's major components. These objects are displayed in a functional/descriptive fashion, rather than as accurate depictions of the shape and size of their real-life counterparts. Bile from the liver, for example, is depicted in test tubes and vats.
Millie Meter's Nutrition Adventure is simply animated, and met with our adult reviewers approval. However our kid testers were a little less enthusiastic, because the program doesn't make use of familiar animated characters.
The quest aspect of the program fully captured their attention, however, until they had completed it. Once accomplished, few of our young reviewers returned to the program. Therefore, it is best to recognize this program for what it is -- an educational device to teach the basics of digestions and nutrition.
Millie Meter's Nutrition Adventure installed without difficulty on our test machines. Program navigation is generally intuitive, however children at the younger end of the recommended age range will need help.
Millie Meter's Nutrition Adventure is an excellent introduction to, or supplement to, classroom-based discussion about digestion and nutrition. Parents with children expressing an interest in the human body, will also find a receptive audience.
PC: Windows 3.x/Wind 95/98/ME/ WIN NT 4.0, 486 or faster cpu, ~3 MB hard drive space, 8 MB RAM, SVGA graphics card with 356 colors, 2x or faster CD-ROM, sound card .return to top of page
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