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Thomas & Friends Trouble on the Tracks

by Hasbro
Windows 95 / 98
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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  • Ages 3-6 years
  • Eight engaging activities with varying difficulty levels
  • All new story line with 3-D graphics and animation
  • Jigsaw puzzles, certificates and pictures to print and colour
  • Teaches the importance of teamwork
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System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows 95 / 98
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B000050YM9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,762 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Amazon.co.uk Review

The brightly structured world of Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends will appeal to the orderly side of pre-schoolers as they help rescue a derailed engine, put it back on the tracks, spiff it up and get it back to work. If your older toddler glows when told he or she is helpful or a hard worker, this CD-ROM will put them in junior train-engineer heaven. The story begins with an engine named James eagerly heading out to get more coal for the other engines, but things don't go quite as planned; James has an accident on a sharp corner because he's being too hasty. Kids get to help rescue James and restore him to his shiny, bright-red self by completing eight activities that will test their problem-solving skills, spatial abilities and deductive reasoning. They must find James, properly assemble crane gears to get him lifted back onto the track, collect coal, find the proper parts and install them on James by listening to whistles, looking at train parts and then putting everything in its place. Once James has a full tank of water and a full bin of coal, kids get to drive the repaired engine. This is the best part of this friendly CD-ROM, as it demonstrates to little locomotive fans how steam engines work, from shovelling coal to goosing the throttle.

Each activity has three levels, and Trouble on the Track also has clickable surprises interspersed throughout each activity, something that earlier Thomas offerings lacked. Kids can visit Sir Topham Hatt's office to see and print their certificates (they get one for every level of each activity they complete) or various pictures that they can colour, turn into puzzles, or simply hang on their walls. Everyone from the Horrid Lorry to the Troublesome Trucks is here, and Thomas the Tank Engine fans will enjoy this program as it gently chugs along. (Ages 3 and older) --Anne Erickson

Manufacturer's Description

This CD-ROM allows children to enter the play world of Thomas and his friends, and help them get ready for the big festival on the Island of Sodor. They can get Thomas ready for the journey at the engine shed, clear the tracks, make music on the bandstand and help bring passengers to the festival. Seven engaging activities, rich 3-D animated graphics and printable certificates of completion are designed to keep little Thomas fans interested. Opportunities abound to practice colour matching, shape sorting, counting and more. And fans won't want to miss new video sequences featuring Thomas and his friends.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Trouble on the Tracks 3 Feb 2001
By A Customer
As a interactive tool for youngsters this was excellent. It gives hand/eye co-orination and provokes thought. I bought Trouble on the Tracks for my Grandson who is 3years and 7 months. He found the opening sequence a little frightening and hid when the engine came off the tracks. He still, after 2 months of playing the game, hides till that sequence is over. Once that has passed he becomes totally engrossed.. He will now tell you the whole story from start to finish without any ommisions. The only complaint is that the 'Credits' at the end take an interminal time to scroll through. The child in not interested and it is left to the poor adult to wait for the conclusion before the machine can be safely shut down or other work proceed.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars another great cd rom from thomas 2 Jan 2001
By A Customer
my son got the first cd rom thomas the great festival adventure and loved that one this one is slighty more advanced it's for 3 to 6 years well i think it might be a bit hard for the very young they do have three grades from easy to difficult i have only got it for xmas and my son is only still on the first grade if your child is only learning to use the mouse there is a lot more to do with this one i think he will get to love it the graphics are great in this one .
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