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Scooter’s Magic Castle

From the Database of Home of the Underdogs

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GAME DEVELOPER:Electronic Arts

GAME PUBLISHER:Electronic Arts

Copyright 1994, EA*Kids

Scooter’s Magic Castle is a fun edutainment title from EA*Kids, a superb but sadly short-lived series by Electronic Arts. Set in a cartoonish castle environment, the game includes 25 learning games and activities for children aged 5-8. A new game is waiting behind every castle door and stained glass window.

Similar to Broderbund’s The Treehouse, each activity in Scooter’s Magic Castle teaches a different subject or skill including typing, reading, problem-solving, creativity, and pattern recognition. The game sports a very intuitive interface that is mouse-based – one cursor does everything in the game. Colorful 256-color graphics, fun cartoon animation, and good music round off this neat underdog that would have established EA*Kids as one of the best edutainment producers around – had it been marketed more widely. Despite few reviews in magazine, though, EA managed to sell this game quite well directly to primary schools in the USA. Two thumbs up!



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