Mirrorsoft Ltd
Marmalade Software
1984
Educational
£7.95
Multiple languages (see individual downloads)
ZX Spectrum 48K
None

94
Rosetta McLeod
Chris Bourne

These two games introduce young children to the basics of counting and simple addition and subtraction. In Toyshop, Oliver asks the player to count the toys in a shop window. Three different kinds of toys appear in three colours, and the program introduces the idea of sets as well as numbers.

Toyshop is structured very well, becoming more difficult only when correct responses show the child's coping well.

Lollipop gets further into simple arithmetic. First the prayer has to help Oliver buy lollipops of various colours from the shop; then the quantities of lollipops are added or subtracted. The second time you play the game in a session, two-digit numbers are introduced.

Keyboard play: responsive
Graphics: simple but attractive

CRITICISM

General Rating: Two well-structured, easy-to-handle programs which children will enjoy.

Not Rated