Sinclair User

Count And Add

Publisher: Lander
Machine: Spectrum 48K

Published in Sinclair User #128

Count and Add

It's back to school time again and although most of you may not like the idea lets face it, things could be worse... You could be facing a firing squad or being horribly tortured with some matches and a pair of pliers, or, even more terrifying, forced to watch a Bob Monkhouse TV show with special guest stars Bruce Forsyth and Jeremy Beadle. See, going back to school isn't THAT bad.

Although Mr. Brown in 4C with the long nose, dandruff and bottle bottom spectacles might be a boring old fart there are in fact far more enjoyable ways of learning. One of which is right here on your Speccy - educational software. It's puzzling, informative and fun, and best of all, it gives you an excuse to play on your Speccy during time normally allotted for homework without incurring the wrath of your elders. (It also gives you a chance to slip in the odd arcade game for mental stimulation, though don't tell your mum I said this.) There are a wide variety of educational games available so here, to help you choose, is a selection of those currently readily available and a quick guide to their usefulness.

Count and Add is for children aged 4 to 7 and is basically a series of programs combining maths and matching objects. There are five games altogether the first two of which involve youngsters matching different objects and counting similar ones. The third involves counting animals, the fourth counting and simple addition and the fifth more advanced addition. This is a much more advanced program graphically than, say, Shoe People or Funschool but the basic elements of attractive and humorous presentation and informative, developing games makes it worthwhile.

Lander Software Phone: (041) 357 1659 Tape: £12.99 Disk: £15.99

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