ClueFinders Search & Solve Adventures – OS X

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ClueFinders Search & Solve Adventures - OS X

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  • 9 exciting interactive logic and problem-solving games
  • Build skills in more than 15 academic areas
  • A.D.A.P.T. learning technology adjusts the program as the player makes progress
  • Smart Tutor Help – click on animated characters to get helpful hints
  • Progress reports to monitor progress and celebrate achievements

Build your pre-teen student’s problem-solving skills without them realizing they are studying. ClueFinders Search & Solve Adventures is presented in the format of a Saturday morning TV cartoon adventure show. Kids learn key logical thinking skills and have fun with four junior detectives, the ClueFinders, as they venture into an abandoned amusement park to answer a mysterious S.O.S. signal. Along the way, kids solve problems that build a variety of important decision-making skills including visual thinking, word patterns, verbal logic, visual analogies, strategy and number pattern recognition. Using the A.D.A.P.T. Learning System, the software provides a customized learning experience, with the level of problems presented continuously adjusted to take the student’s progress into account.

Special practice mode to hone skills without affecting the score Full color printed user guide included Critical Thinking Skills – Pattern Recognition; Pattern Completion; Classification; Order & Sequence; Cause & Effect; Planning & Strategy; Hypothesis Testing; Spatial Relationships; Deductive Reasoning; Logical Analysis; Problem Solving; Data Collection; Visual Analogies Ages 9 to 12+

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  1. 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Search & Solve Adventures, April 22, 2009
    By 
    Carlene Brown (Anchorage, Alaska) –

    = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: ClueFinders Search & Solve Adventures – OS X (CD-ROM)
    ClueFinders Search & Solve Adventures by MacKiev is educational software developed for ages 9 to 12+. Presented in the format of a Saturday morning TV Cartoon adventure show it features four cool young people, who seek to solve the mystery of an abandoned, haunted amusement park. There are nine different activities or skills that must be achieved. Players progress through the game by solving problems using logic, pattern completion, order and sequence, cause and effect, planning & strategy, analogy, and other critical thinking skills.

    Since this is a program developed for pre-teens I enlisted the help of my eleven year old granddaughter to try it out. I handed her the installation CD and the User Guide and sat back and watched.

    She had no problem with the installation, she just had to click on the install icon, but since the installation did not automatically put an icon in the dock I had to help her find the ClueFinders Search & Solve Icon in the Application folder. The User Guide does cover this very clearly so she could have found it by herself if I had thought to refer her to the guide.

    Next, she decided to take the included Assessment Test, which places each player at the right level to start. This was her least favorite part of the game. Her complaint is it was too slow between the preassessment questions, and thus took too long.

    She used the User Guide to work her way through the game and stated she really liked this booklet as the instructions were clear giving the goal, tips, and how to play instructions for each activity. She really appreciated the colored illustrations that show and explain the details for each activity.

    As you move through the game there are on screen characters that explain each activity. Additional directions, tips and helps can also be accessed at any time. The difficulty levels of each activity can be adjusted at the beginning or while playing the game. There is a Practice Mode available which allows the player to leave the game and work on any of the skills as long and as often as desired,

    My granddaughter liked the fact that you can be challenged by the game or you can set the activities at an easier level and just have fun. She liked the story line that accompanied the characters so she knew what was happening as she travelled through the activities. Each activity made her think. She stated she likes to learn but wants to have fun while learning. She thought the game was very interesting and lots of fun and wanted to be sure it would be available for her to continue playing later. My granddaughter would recommend ClueFinders Search & Solve Adventures to her friends. She rates it as 4.5.

    From a parent’s or grandparent’s view I found ClueFinders Search & Solve Adventures very well done, the animation & audio are good, the activities challenging and fun, and it is written so that the pre-teen child can understand what needs to be accomplished. I had to help my granddaughter a couple of times, but believe, left on her own, she would have eventually figured out what was needed by herself. ClueFinders Search & Solve Adventures provides a fun experience to help build and improve problem solving, decision making and critical thinking skills. This software provides a customized learning experience where the level of problems presented is continuously adjusted to take the student’s progress into account.

    Minimum System Requirements:
    * Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later, including 10.5 Leopard
    * G3 233 MHz or faster, including Intel Macs
    * 128 MB RAM (256 MB recommended)
    * Display 800 X 600, Thousands of Colors
    * 270 MB hard disk space
    * CD-ROM drive for installation only

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