Archive for the ‘schools’ Tag

Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego – Apple II Game Review

Friday, April 27th, 2012

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Widget Workshop review is online

Friday, April 13th, 2012

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What kid wouldn’t appreciate a workshop full of widgets? No kid I’d approve of, that’s for sure. One of the lesser-known titles from Maxis Kids, Widget Workshop is a neat little introduction to science and zaniness!

Super Solvers Spellbound! review is online

Friday, April 6th, 2012

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Travel the country! Defeat robots! SPELL WORDS! All this and more in TLC’s Super Solvers Spell Bound!

Animal Quest DOS game review is online

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

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Edutainment month returns to LGR! Starting with the most epic quest for animals you’ve ever seen, Animal Quest. Eat or be eaten! Or don’t move and do nothing, whatever.

Also make sure you don’t miss the other half of this video here! Huge thanks to Kris for working with me on this one, ’twas a lot of fun.

Treasure Hunt Math Review Video Is Online!

Friday, April 8th, 2011


LGR Education Month continues with Treasure Hunt Math. This is a classic (to me, at least) math-solving shareware MS-DOS game with lots of, um, math. But also several fun mini-games in between levels that make it totally worth trying out, especially if you’re a kid and have to do some math problems. Why not run from crabs and sharks and collect falling coconuts while you’re solving your elementary-level problems? Seriously, this made doing arithmetic fun for me back in 1994 or whatever, and making the review was pretty fun as well. Plus you can print out certificates if you’re awesome enough. That’s just awesome. Enough.


Oh yeah, and there was also another video the other day. I got a Samsung Galaxy S 4G phone (fair to call it that?) recently and have been screwing around with all sorts of awesomeness of the thing. The subject of the video is the best port of DOSBox I have found thus far, most importantly with a virtual keyboard since the Galaxy has no physical board. I try out Word Rescue, the classic Apogee edutainment title, in the video so it’s tying in somewhat to this month’s theme. I’ll be taking a complete look at the game sometime later on.

Maxis “Educational Version” Software

Friday, March 18th, 2011

...educational versions are available...

I remember seeing the above notice at the beginning of Maxis Software Toys catalogs starting around 1993. I always wondered what it meant by “educational versions” since the product entry in the catalog only showed the regular retail box and the ordering section only gave a phone number to call for more info. But as you can see from the catalog scan below, there’s that little sign signifying the availability of a special version of SimCity Classic for education.

Summer 1994 Maxis Catalog - SimCity Classic

I later found out that it was basically a teaching curriculum that was available at an appropriately-increased cost to either individuals or teaching institutions around the world. Basically, it was SimCity (or SimAnt, SimFarm, SimEarth whatever) but with a bulk install license and a bunch of extra teaching aids included. Sounds pretty cool to a Maxis collector but also quite tough to find, being that it wasn’t sold in stores, cost more, and was likely owned by schools.

However, I found someone selling these online recently:

SimAnt Educational Version
SimCity Classic Educational Version

Yeah, upon further inquiry, these are the educational versions of both SimAnt and SimCity Classic! They come in somewhat unassuming binders, which is typical of many curricula. They’re labeled “Maxis Software Toys – that teach!” Someone else got to SimAnt before me (dang it) but I’m in the process of acquiring SimCity Classic. I also have some other photos which show a bit of the contents, and it looks totally rad. Lots of extra paperwork, worksheets, and various teaching aids consisting of background on the game and its subject matter. Can’t wait to get my hands on one of these and solve one more Maxis mystery…

…what exactly is contained in these “educational versions”? Follow-up is to be expected in the coming weeks. Now that I know exactly what I’m looking for I’ll be keeping any eye out for any other titles in this genre. Hooray for unexplored territory!