Pajama Sam 3: You Are What You Eat From Your Head To Your Feet is an enjoyable game that might be too difficult for those in the lower range of the recommended age group of children ages 3 to 8. Humongous Entertainment has a tremendous lineup of characters for children's interactive games, and Pajama Sam, complete with pajamas and a red towel for a cape, is definitely one of them. Not only is he visually appealing as a cute character, he is also very polite in the actual gameplay, making him an ideal role model for children playing the game.
Installation is a breeze. Instead of a long, drawn out process with a myriad of questions, this is an autorun CDs that you simply place in the computer, and it takes care of the rest. It is a hybrid game, meaning that it can run on either Windows or Macintosh systems. Regardless of your platform, the pop-it-in-and-play process works well.
The game begins with fats and sweets attempting to take over the island of Mop Top. An Emergency Peace Conference has been called for all of the major food groups, and with four of the delegates missing, it's up to you and Pajama Sam to find them and get them to the Conference all before dinner.
The gameplay itself is very simple, with a drag and drop user interface. There isn't a printed user manual, so the easy to use interface is a must. If you don't mind looking for it on the CD-ROM, there is a manual in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format that you can view or print, although it's probably unnecessary.
Similar to other programs in the Humongous lineup, Pajama Sam 3 offers tremendous cartoon-style graphics and animation. In fact, they are done so well that you feel as if you are simply watching a cartoon on television. The sounds and music are adequate and offer enough randomness to keep them interesting. Again, they are very cartoonish in nature, which allows them to fit in nicely with the graphics and animation content.
The replay value of Pajama Sam 3 is excellent, as there is some randomness to every new game. This randomness will keep a child busy for hours, as each time they play, the game is a little different. Because the games are slightly changed when restarted, you should save them along the way so that you can resume exactly where you left off.
This is another excellent addition to the constantly growing lineup available from Humongous Entertainment. The only potential problem is the difficulty of some of the puzzles. While younger children probably will not play alone for too long, older children should enjoy the more difficult challenges. If you have children 5 or under, they will probably find the problem solving too challenging and will ultimately become extremely frustrated or simply give up. It's important to keep this in mind, and perhaps an adult playing the game with them may ease their tension.
Graphics: This game has the look of a good cartoon and will be appealing to kids of all ages. Adults may find the graphics repetitive.
Sound: The music and sound effects are very cartoonish and work well with the graphics content. They tend to become rather boring after playing the game for awhile.
Enjoyment: This is one of those games where the sum is greater than the individual parts. That is, although none of individual categories are extremely good, it's a very enjoyably game.
Replay Value: Replay value is the strongest point of this game. Becuase the games are a little different every time, children won't mind playing this game over and over.
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