Dragged kicking and screaming from the sand pit, Steve Prizeman looks at the current state of educational software.
Fronted by ADI Junior, the sprightly little cousin of ADI (mentioned elsewhere in this feature), this package targets the basic mathematical skills of two younger age groups – four to give year-olds and the six to sevens. The colourful menu screen, though which all the aspects of the program are accessed, is actually an animated picture. Practically all the objects shown respond in one way or another when clicked on with the mouse, enticing the user further into the program by intriguing them as to what will happen next.
With 15 activities for each of the age groups this product is aimed at, ADI Junior Counting gives a pleasant introduction to the basics of adding-up and taking-away. Three levels of difficulty allow the child to progress through subjects like counting objects, identifying numbers by word and figure, and painting by numbers. One of the tasks, for example, involves counting the number of sightseers who visit a castle – if the comings and goings are kept track of, an end sequence shows a knight walking round his home switching off the lights. In another part of the program, for junior counters increasing in confidence, a series of sums may be undertaken against the clock.
There are, in addition, plenty of activities to be done which are unrelated to maths – a car racing game, jigsaws, and identikit faces may all be played with. The graphics are bright and entertaining; the range of sound effects is both wide and of high quality. The voice which speaks the advice given to users when they press the Help key is exceptionally clear, albeit in a cutesy American way, which is sure to help ADI Junior the intended impression of a helpful and instructive playmate. An activity-packed program which really does make learning fun, this excellent piece of software is thoroughly recommended.
CU Amiga, March 1993, p.119