Marty is a young mouse who volunteers to get the mouse family cheese for their evening meal. Where? Mother sends him off to the Quigan's kitchen, presumably to steal a piece since no payment is mentioned. After so acquiring the cheese, a crow steals it from Marty, and the adventure is on.
The program's graphics and sound track are both nicely done. But the hook for Marty is a technical feature: Maxim describes Marty as a software program designed for very young children, requiring no use of the mouse or keyboard. In theory, all interaction with the program can be accomplished through voice commands. Our experience indicated this was true, once your machine was properly configured.
Balance of Fun and Education
Maxim positions Marty as a "talk to me adventure" that is "voice activated." In truth, Marty is sound activated, not voice activated. In other words, any noise made at the appropriate time will generate the same response. Did young children notice this? No! When Marty's mike was calibrated correctly to ignore background noise, young kids became quite animated while playing with the program.
Once successfully installed, Marty is an entertaining program for young children (5 and under). The underlying premise, however, that 3 to five year-olds can't handle a mouse, does not correspond with our experience.
Mart And The Trouble With Cheese is the first piece of software really designed for preschoolers- even as young as two years old. Children communicate with the computer with the computer and interact with the story the way they communicate with people- by talking!
What's Marty getting into now?
In The Trouble With Cheese, Marty sets out on a mission to recover his lost cheese. Like most young mice (and young humans), Marty is curious and high-spirited, and has a tendency to get into trouble. He sure is lucky to have a friend like your child to help him find his way home in time for his birthday party!
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