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2nd grade software
Buzz Lightyear 2nd Grade revolves around the computer generated characters found in the box office hits "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2." When young Andy takes his toy cowboy Woody to school for show and tell, he leaves Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the crew unattended in his bedroom. Free of the controlling influence of Woody, the toys look forward to a welcome day of uninterrupted play. And they're eager to share the fun.
As kids move the mouse around Andy's room, toys animate to indicate activity venues. Nine activities cover everything from math and reading, to spelling, time telling and music appreciation. Many activities feature clever mini-scenarios: Buzz's efforts to coordinate analog and digital clocks are continually thwarted by a mischievious Jessie, Buzz and the little green aliens launch Pizza Planet rockets, Rex blasts asteroids to clear the path for an intergalactic rocket, and Jessie sets marbles rolling through a marvelous maze. Other activities allow kids to explore their creativity: Andy's new keyboard plays pre-recorded and original tunes, his scrapbook offers interactive stories, and his mechanical globe must be correctly assembled using geographic puzzle pieces. Each activity takes full advantage of the affability of the Toy Story line-up.
This program utilizes Disney's "Active Learning Advantage" system which automatically adjusts the difficulty of the activities to suit each child's current level of ability. After a certain number of correct responses the activity level advances, while consecutive incorrect answers takes the user back a level. The aim of this system is to adequately challenge but never frustrate children.
Hitting CTRL + P (Windows) or COMMAND + P (Mac) allows parents to access information on each of the activities including an overview, instructions and the skills addressed for each activity.
Although overall program navigation is simple -- kids click on the toys that represent selected activities from the main screen (Andy's bedroom) -- game-play is not intuitive. Activity instructions are included in the User's Manual, but may be complicated for 2nd graders and require adult assistance.
PC: Windows 95/98, Pentium 166MHz or faster cpu, 60MB hard drive space, 32MB RAM, 16-bit color DirectX-compatible video card, 8x speed or faster CD-ROM, 16-bit DirectX-compatible sound card.return to top of page
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