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The Wiggles: Wiggle Bay is a collection of eight games and activities, hosted by well-known Australian children's entertainers, the Wiggles. They include tic-tac-toe, jigsaw puzzles, a treasure hunt, mazes, playing a xylophone, planting flowers, watching videos, and a find-the-difference game.
Most of the activities in Wiggle Bay have at least a modicum of age-appropriate skill building value. Tic-tac-toe has a strategic thinking element, treasure hunts and spot-the-difference games develop observation skills, etc. However the emphasis of the program is really just on having fun.
Our young testers found different elements of the program appealing, at different times. But even though they came back to the program several times, it didn't offer the captivating appeal of other programs we've looked at that target this age range. The activities here lack sufficient variety and depth to avoid burnout, in all but the youngest users.
Wiggle Bay runs directly from the CD - no installation is required, unless your system lacks QuickTime 5, which is included on the disk. What's more, the program automatically checks to see if your system has the required QuickTime version, with no user intervention required. Program navigation is entirely intuitive.
Wiggle Bay is best suited for parents looking for a little lightweight computer diversion for their young children. We'd generally prefer to see that time spent with programs with at least a little bit more of an academic learning focus.
PC: Windows 98/Me/XP, Pentium 233 or faster cpu, 64 MB RAM, 32-bit color video display, 8X or faster CD-ROM, 16-bit sound card, Java-capable browser (IE 4.0 or later, Netscape 4.08 or later), QuickTime 5 (included).return to top of page
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