The five games in this package are aimed at encouraging shape recognition in the very young child. Once the program has loaded, the child is introduced to four basic shapes - the circle, triangle, rectangle and diamond. The first game Shape Sorter, shows a certain shape appearing on the screen, and the child is asked to identify it. Ship Shapes involves dropping shapes from a helicopter onto the deck of a ship, and sailing it away. In Pattern Maker, the child can move shapes around the screen using the keys 5,6,7,8, while in Dodgems, the aim is to steer a ship well clear of the shapes which appear in its path so that it reaches the safety of the harbour. The final game, Shape Maker, draws shapes chosen by the child. Shapes of from 3 to 10 sides can be selected, and the name of the shape - triangle, decagon etc - appears at the top of the screen. The shapes may be drawn on top of each other making an attractive pattern, or the screen may be cleared for each new shape. As with all the Clever Clogs programs, this one is very attractive and professional.
: kept as simple as possible for the very young child. Mainly number keys are used.Keyboard play
: very responsiveUse of colour
: bright and attractiveGraphics
: simple and clearGeneral Rating:
These simple, yet attractive programs will appeal to the pre-school child, and should help develop shape-recognition skills in an entertaining way.