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Like its predecessor, Escape From Braindeath, The Eggs of Time strives to teach major physics topics to kids in the middle school age-range. It does this by involving them in a quest to save future generations from the evil plans of the alien Spring-Horns.
As a new cadet, the user is led through a secret passage to the Operation Center, where the specifics of the mission are revealed. In the near future the Spring-Horns will attack, and the only way to prevent this catastrophe is to travel back in time and collect Physics Facts by completing 20 focused activities. A simple "starter" problem earns an "Egg Timer" which allows access to the Time Travel Vortex. And so the adventure begins.
As in Escape from Braindeath, each section is presented in a variety of ways including a tutorial, a hands-on exercise and interactive questions which teach as they test.
Athough they require very little knowledge or skill to complete, the hands-on physics experiments add fun to a potentially dull endeavor. In our favorite, the user enlists a group of cheery trolls to help push a barrel to the top of a ramp. This exercise elicited giggles from even the more serious teen testers.
SuperKids’ teen testers were initially frustrated with this program because they felt the directions were unclear. After spending time exploring the program, however, its workings were understood and its appeal increased dramatically.
PC: Windows 3.1 and later, Pentium 75 MHz or faster cpu, 12 MB RAM, 16-bit graphics card, Quad-speed or faster CD-ROM, sound card.return to top of page
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