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Don't become this history explorer
on 14 August 2001
I bought this for my 8 year old (age range specified as 6-10 on disc). I buy a lot of cd roms for the kids and had only ever read good reviews of this one so thought I would give it a go. My daughter had it finished in 20 minutes!!! She had completed the time trail, with its work book style questions and had found the mad professor (the object of the mission). I could not believe that that was it - I thought she had missed a section of the menu - but no.My daughter was so disappointed (so was I) she felt it had been no fun (the questions were mere comprehension of bits of text that the narrator read to you) and the animation clips were poor (eg. a tiny mummy pops out of the coffin). If you want to buy a history disc I would suggest Where in time is Carmen Sandiego - great graphics, wonderful logic puzzles, a good challenge and it has longevity. The disc took five hours to complete and has been played again and again since.(it is also now a budget title and the same price as become a history explorer). This disc was a real stinker - I can't imagine my 5 year old or three year old ever wanting to play it. I could see a primary school finding it a useful teaching aid, but as a disc to use at home its a no, no!