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Rosetta McLeod
Chris Bourne

Another of the highly successful packages devised by Betty Root of the Centre for the Teaching of Reading as the University of Reading. Snapple Hopper consists of two games which teach initial sounds and rhyming words. In Snapple, which is based on the game Snap, you can choose from a one or two player game, and from nine levels of difficulty. Pairs of pictures are displayed on the screen, and if the two pictures shown shirt with the same two letters, the first player to press a response key wins a snap. Depending on the ability of the players, the pictures can be displayed with or without words.

In Hopper, which again can be played by one or two children choosing from nine speeds, the players must spot which of eight pictures has a name which rhymes with the name of the picture displayed in the centre of the screen. If the child makes an incorrect choice, or no choice at all, the rhyming word appears on the screen These two games are extremely simple in design, but will provide fun and useful reinforcement of word recognition skills for the young child.


Control keys: In Snapple, one player uses ENTER, the other uses A. In Hopper, the player presses the appropriate number, from 1 to 8
Keyboard play: fast
Use of colour: excellent
Graphics: excellent
General Rating: Up to the usual high standard of Betty Root's programs.

Not Rated