Piper Software
1984
Educational
£7.95
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
None

34
Theodora Wood
Chris Bourne

THE Piper/Piccolo Dinosaurs package includes the beautifully illustrated book and is aimed at nine year olds upwards. The book is well written with short sections full of interesting facts, ideally suited for this age group.

The four programs are designed to stimulate interest in the topic. Birth of Life is an evolution simulation where you have to build at least four cells with adequate food and oxygen before they can split and evolve.

When that task has been completed you receive the code word and can go on to the second game, Life on Land. In this game you have to answer five questions before you can play the game, which is disappointing graphically and jerky in its movements.

In Mission 1 you have to recognise dinosaur shapes, and in Mission 2 control a Pterosaur as it flies over the sea to catch fish.

The concept behind the package is good, but it is a shame that the games are not particularly exciting. One or two good games on the lines of Sinclair's Science Horizons would have been preferable to four mediocre ones.

Theo Wood

Price: £7.95
Memory: 48K

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3/5