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Despite the insistent charm of its main character, this program has one major flaw. It is, for the most part, too difficult for the target age. Although there are activities that young children can enjoy with ease, the main focus of the program is to use the mouse to outline and color pictures of animals which then animate. The concept is wonderful -- children create animated virtual menageries, with their own original drawings filling the screen. Unfortunately, however, young children have a hard enough time tracing and/or drawing on paper with chubby crayons and large felt tip markers. Drawing satisfying pictures with the mouse is nearly impossible, even for older kids and adults.
In 'Picture Poem', Elmo recites an animal poem, and draws three animal's parts to go with his poem. The child then supplies the remainder of the animal, again using the mouse as a drawing tool. 'Draw a Song' takes the child to a scene that includes three uncolored objects, which must be completed before the associated song can be enjoyed. In this section the child can color or stamp the objects, making it much more suitable for young users.
In addition to the above mentioned drawing activities, Elmo's World includes additional, entertaining mini-activities, each of which encourages creativity and imagination in young users.
PC: Windows 95/98, Multimedia PC Pentium 133 MHz or equivalent, 10 MB hard drive space, 16 MB RAM, 256 color monitor 640x480 screen resolution, 4X or faster CD-ROM, Windows compatible sound card.return to top of page
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