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Software Favorites

Some software titles are played once or twice and then sit on the shelf collecting dust, while other titles are played over and over, even as the child grows and learns. Some are even played by the parents, too!  Our goal is always to buy those long lasting titles, but its not easy to tell from the package which titles will be popular with our gifted kids and young adults.

Software Favorites includes software titles that are perpetually popular with gifted kids, young adults, and their parents. Each entry includes the software title, publisher, and publisher's recommended ages, as well as the age (in parenthesis) that our kids first enjoyed the software.

Some of our kids have state-of-the-art Windows Vista PCs, while others have edge-of-the-art systems, running old versions of Windows and other software.  Software Favorites is divided: New Software Favorites are programs that support Windows XP or latest Mac OS, while Old Software Favorites are programs that run well on the older versions of operating systems.  Vista is a new variable; most XP programs run on Vista, but some surprising ones don't - your best approach is to read the description and packages, to see if software will run on Vista.

Note: some older software titles may not be compatible with Windows XP, and even more may not be compatible with Vista. Sometimes you can "get around" this incompatibility by changing the "compatibility mode" of the game's executable file to 98/ME.  Other titles just won't run on Windows XP or Vista. 

       

For content and playability reviews, visit SuperKids Educational Software Review Software reviews, by kids, parents, and educators, plus bestseller list and price survey.  Kaboose Kids Domain Software Reviews More reviews...

"Free" software stores offer older titles at very reasonable prices (free + shipping and handling)...  Planet CD-ROM or Free CD Software is slightly higher, but has larger selection.

New Software Favorites - run on Windows XP and/or latest Mac OS

BigBrainz Timez Attack Recommended or Recommended (personal free download, or purchase)
An adventure game that turns times tables into a fun adventure game!
 
Descartes' Cove Recommended by Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (6 CD set for gifted grades 6 through 8)
In a leaky lifeboat, students survive an ocean storm and become marooned on a deserted island once inhabited by Rene Descartes. They discover his parchment notebook, pick up a map and other gear, and begin their journey through the island tunnels, volcanoes, underground rivers, jungles, abandoned mines, sunken ships and many more surprises. At each step, they solve increasingly difficult puzzles and math challenges, earn gold coins, and make entries in their own journal. As they master each math concept, they prepare to tackle the final quest...
 
Everett Kaser Software Recommended (age 6 to adult!) runs on all ALL levels of Windows and now runs on Macs, too!
Logic and puzzle games designed to stretch your mind, not the storage capacity of your hard disk or the speed of your CPU.  Sherlock, Honeycomb Hotel, Dinner with Moriarty, Hero's Hearts, Descartes Enigma, Floyd's Bumbershoot, Lunatile, Solitile, Knarly Mazes, and more... each different than the one before, but each tons of fun - there's a logic game for every learning style!  Check back regularly - not only updated versions of many favorites each year, but several new games each year!  My family recommends the full CD - includes all Kaser's games.
 
Logical Journey of the Zoombinis Recommended by The Learning Company, ages 9 and up (age 5)
Zoombinis Mountain Rescue
Zoombinis Island Odyssey
Help the Zoombinis complete their journey by solving lots of different puzzles...
 
World of WarCraft Recommended and World of WarCraft Expansion: Burning Crusade by Blizzard Entertainment (age 12)
The world's largest interactive gaming community, with more than 8.5 million gamers world-wide.  Create and customize your own hero, then explore an expansive world with miles of forests, deserts, snow-blown mountains, and other exotic lands.  Visit huge cities and delve through dozens of vast dungeons...  Or play the stand-alone version WarCraft III Battle Chest or WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos and WarCraft III Expansion: The Frozen Throne
 
Zoo Tycoon 2 Zookeeper Collection Recommended by Microsoft, all ages 10+ (7 all the way to adult!)
Build pens and habitats with an eye toward the needs of each animal species. Tend to your human animals by locating gift shops, restaurants, drink stands, and bathrooms. Happy and well-fed animals will cavort and play, making your guests very happy. And happy guests results in more money for you to improve your zoo.  It's a balancing act...
bulletZoo Tycoon 2 Expansion Pack: African Adventure
bulletZoo Tycoon 2 Expansion Pack: Endangered Species
bulletZoo Tycoon 2 Expansion Pack: Marine Mania 
bullet Zoo Tycoon Complete Collection ← Zoo Tycoon original
 
Age of Empires III by Microsoft (age 8)
In this action adventure tale of historical fiction, players take on the role of Morgan Black and his family, struggling against the hostile wilderness and a mysterious cult that's crept in from Europe.  In 24 scenarios divided into three acts, Morgan Black and his descendants help the Aztecs resist conquest by Spanish conquistadors, pit the French against the British in the French and Indian War and help Simon Bolivar lead revolutions in South America...  Add Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties Expansion Pack
 
Age of Mythology by Microsoft (age 11) (the violence is reported to be “clean” and part of the story line)
Age of Mythology Gold transports you to a time where gods spoke to men, and men battled monsters! Exciting real-time strategy awaits, as you take charge of a civilization and lead it to world dominance. This Gold Edition includes the original Age Of Mythology and its expansion pack, The Titans. Age of Mythology - The Titans brings a new mythology into the mix of the hit strategy game. The long-lost Atlanteans will fight for dominance over the earth and the heavens. Use the godly powers of the Atlantean units multiple times, promote entire units to hero status, and explore new areas...
 
Amazon Trail III by SoftKey (age 6)
Face the perils of the uncharted rainforest as you journey to the source of the mighty Amazon River, Your survival depends on the many decisions you will make.  Plan the Trip, Plot Your Course, Explore the Amazon... 
 
BigBrainz Timez Attack (PC and Mac)
Turns times tables into a fun adventure game! (personal free download, or purchase from Amazon)
 
Brain Age and Brain Age 2 (Nintendo DS)
Brain games and puzzles sure to please young and old(er) Nintendo players...
 
Chessmaster 9000 (4)
Learn how to master your opponent, how to find the best moves, and how to shut out distractions. Older versions are also available, and quite good, particularly for older PCs...
 
Chronic Logic (8)
Design... Test... Enjoy!
bulletBridge Construction a.k.a. Pontifex II, design and build bridges and then stress test them to see how your creations hold up under pressure
bulletGISH follow the tar-ball hero Gish into an underworld of sewers to rescue his lady-friend Brea...
bulletBridge IT take on the challenge of bridging the chasm. Can you solve the puzzles and avert disaster?
bulletTriptych maneuver pieces so that three or more blocks of the same color are adjacent to each other
bulletPontifex use a complex physics engine to construct of many different types of bridges. Once the design is complete, test the strength of the bridge by sending a train across it
 
Civilization IV by 2K Games, all ages (age 8)
Sid Meier's Civilization is recognized as one of the greatest PC games of all-time. Take this incredibly fun and addictive game to new heights by adding new ways to play and win, new tools to manage and expand your civilization, all-new easy-to-use mod capabilities and intense multiplayer modes and options. Civilization IV comes to life like never before in a beautifully detailed, living 3D world .  Older versions also Windows XP ready...
bullet Civilization 3 Gold
bullet Civilization 3 Expansion: Play the World  
bullet Civilization 3
 
ClueFinders by RiverDeep, ages vary (use higher grade)
Based on the award-winning television series, a cross between Dr. Brain and Myst type games
bullet ClueFinders: The Incredible Toy Store Adventure
bullet Clue Finders Math Adventures: Mystery of the Himalayas
bullet Clue Finders Reading Adventures: Mystery of the Himalayas
bullet ClueFinders Search Solve & Mystery Mansion
bulletmore Clue Finders below, for older PCs...
 
Crazy Machines: The Wacky Contraptions Game by Viva Media
Create your own Rube Goldberg style contraptions.  Cool Physics engine with air-pressure, electricity, gravity and particle effects, and Experiment with gears, robots, explosives and more in your own virtual lab (Mac or PC, now for Vista)
 
The Critical Thinking Company
Self-tutoring software provides exercises and games to reinforce these award-winning books...
bullet Building Thinking Skills
bulletWord Roots (books available from MindWare or Amazon)
bullet Reading Detective
bulletMath Detective
bullet Science Detective
 
Crystal Key 2: The Far Realm by Dreamcatcher Interactive
A malevolent power has stolen control of all the souls of Evany, and you alone have survived. With the help of a star portal left behind by a mysterious visitor, you escape your imprisoned planet and find yourself alone in a vast galaxy of unknown worlds, desperate to find help for your beleaguered home.  Journey to an island of robots, a mysterious abandoned desert dwelling, to solve the mystery...
 
Dr. Brain Puzzleopolis all ages (age 10)
You are Pro, the good clone of Dr. Brain. You'll get to play lots of brain-teasing puzzles and watch tons of cool animations in your pursuit of Conn, Dr. Brain’s evil clone! Complete the puzzles to get the items and friends you need to defeat Conn and his evil companions. To succeed, you’ll have to use logic, strategy, planning, experimentation, and skill...
 
Flash Focus: Vision Training in Minutes a Day (Nintendo DS)
Fast, fun activities and quick-play sports challenges give eyes a challenging workout...
 
Game Maker all ages (age 10) Free!
Game Maker is a program that allows you to make exciting computer games without the need to write a single line of code. Using easy to learn drag-and-drop actions you can make professional looking games in little time. Games with backgrounds, animated graphics, music and sound effects. And once you get more experienced there is a built-in programming language that gives you full flexibility. What is best, Game Maker can be used free of charge
 
Geometer's Sketchpad
Boxed set comes with the Geometer's Sketchpad software, plus a book of 101 project ideas, a learning guide, and quick reference guides for both Mac and Windows. This software is an exploration software for mathematics, allowing students to create and manipulate precise figures while learning about geometric relationships...
 
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by Electronic Arts, ages 6 and up (age 6)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Be Harry Potter in a unique new PC adventure with more magic, friendship, and danger. Learn new spells, undertake new quests, make new friends, and challenge new adversaries as you confront the powers at the heart of the Chamber of Secrets...
 
I Spy by Scholastic, ages 6 and up (age 3+ reading)
More challenging and fun than the books.  From counting and vocabulary, to homonyms and more!
bullet I Spy Spooky Mansion (Windows XP and Mac OS X)
bullet I Spy Treasure Hunt (Windows XP and Mac OS X)
bullet I Spy Fantasy (Windows XP and Mac OS X)
bullet I Spy School Days
bulletmore I Spy below, for older PCs...
 
Ingenious, also available in a board game Ingenious
Carefully place rows of colors - with every move, you create new possibilities. The more colored pieces are placed next to each other, the more points you can gain. The color that you need the most points in is the most important -- in the end, it will decide who wins or loses.  Practice in a single player game or against the computer's AI and hone your technique, then surprise other players online with your skill.  Simple rules, quick playing time, and a clever system makes Ingenious... ingenious!
 
Jump Start Typing by Knowledge Adventure, designed for kids (age 4)
Combines learning with games, teaches keyboarding technique, posture, speed, accuracy and more...
 
Kid Pix IV by Brodurbund, all ages (age 4)
Use the mouse, voice, and wildest imagination to create masterpieces on the computer. Go beyond mere virtual painting to smear, gloop, and smudge colors on a canvas that can be smooth, rough, or lizard-skinned... and tons more.  Creativity at it's best!
 
Learn to Play Chess with Fritz and Chesster 2: Chess in the Black Castle
A fun way to learn, or learn more about, one of the favorite games of the gifted mind...
 
Math Blaster ages 6-12 (age 5)
Up-to-date version of the first educational software, learn math facts through interactive games...
 
Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing by Brodurbund (age 5)
The most-commonly recommended typing software for gifted kids.  Just the right combination of serious and fun, Mavis Beacon features arcade-style games, self-paced lessons, even a Palm-downloadable practice version!
 
Micro Worlds by LCSI, grades 2 and up (age 8)
Logo based curriculum construction set, lets students learn through exploration, creation and construction. Includes Math Links, which is also good
 
The Number Devil by Viva Media, all ages (age 6)
Poor Robert! Math was a nightmare for him...until the Number Devil popped into his dreams and showed him a whole new way to understand math concepts. Over the course of 10 amazing nights, the witty Number Devil helps Robert discover the tricks and wonders of numbers by magically transforming unfamiliar or difficult math concepts into a dynamic learning experience.  Based on the book The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure
 
Oregon Trail History Learning System by Encore Software, ages 7 and up (age 4)
Experience the expedition of a lifetime during the mid-1800's.  Also try Carmen SanDiego Geography Learning System
 
Professor Layton and the Curious Village ages 7 and up (age 4)  (Nintendo DS)
Tackle over 130 puzzles as you unravel the mysteries of the village. Puzzles range from mazes and riddles to logic and sliding puzzles, all with touch-screen controls...
 
Quarter Mile Math (age 5 and up)
Math practice software...
bullet Quarter Mile Math Level 1 The four operations plus counting, place value, missing number, etc.
bullet Quarter Mile Math Level 3 Decimals, percents, estimation, integer introduction, integers, equation introduction, and equations...
bullet Quarter Mile Math Level 1, 2, and 3 All three levels in one 
 
Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 Wild by Infogrames, all ages (age 7)
Puts you in total control of a theme park, managing every detail from ride development to rescuing lost guests...
bulletRoller Coaster Tycoon 2 Combo Park Pack
 
Rosetta Stone Language SoftwareRosetta Stone by Fairfield Language Technologies, adult (age 6
One of the best examples of language-learning software, it relies on very clever contextualization of the language's words and structures with photographs so that you never realize you're learning grammar.  23 different languages, including...
bullet Spanish (Spain) Level 1 & 2 Set or   Spanish (Latin America) Level 1,2 & 3 Set with AC
bullet French Level I & II Set or   German Level I & II Set
bullet Russian Level I & II Set or Italian Level I & II Set
bullet Japanese Level I & II Set or Dutch Level I & II Set
bullet Hebrew Level I or Thai Level I or Farsi Level 1 & 2 Set
bullet Arabic Level I & II Set or Chinese (Mandarin) Level 1 & 2 Set or Polish Level I
bulletIt's all Greek Level I & II Set to me!
 
SimCity 4 Deluxe by The Sims, ages (age 6)
Build a simulated city and help it grow and evolve
bullet SimCity 4: Rush Hour Expansion Pack
bullet SimCity 4 Deluxe (Mac)
 
The Sims by Electronic Arts, ages 13 and up (can be used to create teen-rated elements)
Exercise the muscle in your head. Loaded with puzzles that bewilder, bamboozle, and boggle the mind, the games will challenge your synaptic reflexes
bullet The Sims Unleashed Expansion Pack - add a pet, expand your neighborhood, 50 new jobs and more...
bullet The Sims Vacation Expansion Pack
 
Sketch Up all ages
Powerful yet easy-to-learn 3D software. We think of it as the pencil of digital design. This award-winning software combines a simple, yet robust tool-set that streamlines and simplifies 3D design inside your computer...
 
Stagecast Creator all ages (age 7)
Use the computer mouse to create simulations and games completely visually, without a programming language. The only limit is their imagination
 
StarLogo all ages (age 11) Free!
Programmable modeling environment for exploring the workings of decentralized systems -- systems that are organized without an organizer, coordinated without a coordinator. With StarLogo, you can model (and gain insights into) many real-life phenomena, such as bird flocks, traffic jams, ant colonies, and market economies (MIT)
 
Switchball all ages
Ball-maze based on real world physical interactions, panoramic views of 30 incredible levels in 5 environments - Skyworld, Iceworld, Caveworld, Cloudworld and Lavaworld; 40 interactive objects including wooden blocks, sheets of cloth, spinning fans, magnets, cannons and more; Morph the marble into a different ball, with unique physical properties including the metalball, powerball and airball to more easily get through each area...
 
Tell Me More - Global Leader in Language Learning Software
Intelligent Language software version evaluates your progress as you learn, and uses your results to suggest the activities and exercises best suited to your needs!  Choose dynamic mode, guided mode, or free-to-roam, to suit your learning style...
bullet Spanish  French  Italian  German  English  Dutch  Chinese  Japanese  Arabic  English for KIDS
 
Typer Shark by PopCap Games
Free download game!  Fun typing game / tutor, with multiple levels, graphics and sound effects...
 
For more typing links, visit Kids & Teens: Links For the Love of Words... Typing!
 
Typing of the Dead by Sega, ages 13+ (mature themes)
"Remake of House of the Dead 2. You play as James as you shoot zombies by typing letters and words on your keyboard instead of using lightguns. Type the letters correctly and they disappear and the dead fall. If you're looking for a frantic and fun way to learn to type, while killing zombies and a few hours, Typing of the Dead is finger-fighting good."  For the Dreamcast keyboard
 
Viva Media all ages (age 10)
bullet Bioscopia to complete the mission and escape Bioscopia, learn about biology and apply that knowledge to solve Bioscopia's clever puzzles
bullet Chemicus a science adventure requires chemistry to solve a series of puzzles to rescue a kidnapped friend
bullet Physicus a fantastic puzzle adventure enriched by physical concepts in optics, mechanics, electricity, fluid dynamics, and more

Old Software Favorites - run on older Windows and/or Mac OS

Doctor Walt’s CAD For Kids Recommended by CADKEY, ages 8 and up (age 6)
Provides a dramatic introduction to both basic drafting and powerful solid modeling. Create fancy cars, fascinating creatures, intricate robots, and hundreds of other items with minimal effort...
 
Adventures with Edison by Corel, ages 7-14 (age 4)
Weird Science Arcade (physics), Mystery at the Museums (puzzles and logic), and Rock and Bach Studio (create original music!) - each one draws the kids back time and again. Requires little / no reading, depending on game. Note: some users had difficulty running 'Edison' on various PC configurations
 
Age of Empires 2 Gold by Microsoft (age 8)
Real-time evolution as you build your civilization into a flourishing empire, from the Dark Age to the Imperial Age. Decide whether to conquer the world through military might, commerce and diplomacy, or intrigue and regicide. There are many paths to power but only one will reign supreme...
 
The Amazon Trail by The Leanring Company (age 6)
A mysterious disease is plaguing the Incan king and his tribe. Your mission? To find the tropical cure in the lush rain forest of the Amazon. You'll receive help from the explorers, scientists, and natives who shaped its history
bullet Amazon Trail II
bullet Oregon Trail 5th Edition
 
Chessmaster 8000 (4)
Learn how to master your opponent, how to find the best moves, and how to shut out distractions. The older versions are also available, and quite good, particularly for older PCs...
bulletChessmaster 7000
 
Civilization 3 Gold by 2K Games, all ages (age 8)
Civilization III offers 16 playable civilizations, and each has its own strengths and bonuses. The game begins in the year 4000 B.C., when your civilization is nothing more than a primitive tribe, and each turn progresses the game forward in time. You manage growth, military production, city development, diplomacy, and scientific research as your civilization grows from a single village to several towns to a continent-spanning metropolitan sprawl...
bullet Civilization 3 Expansion: Play the World  
bullet Civilization 3
 
ClueFinders by The Learning Company / RiverDeep, ages vary (use higher grade)
Based on the award-winning television series, a cross between Dr. Brain and Myst type games
bullet ClueFinders 3rd Grade Adventures: Mystery of Mathra  
bullet ClueFinders 4th Grade Adventures: Puzzle of the Pyramid
bullet ClueFinders: The Incredible Toy Store Adventure
bullet Clue Finders Math Adventures: Mystery of the Himalayas
bullet Clue Finders Reading Adventures: Mystery of the Himalayas
bullet ClueFinders Search Solve & Mystery Mansion
bullet ClueFinders 5th Grade Adventures: Secret of the Living Volcano
bullet ClueFinders 6th Grade Adventures: Empire of the Plant People
 
Cocoa all ages (5) Included in Mac OS X!
Cocoa is a rich set of object-oriented frameworks that allow for the most rapid development of applications on Mac OS X. Using Cocoa, developers can create full-featured applications in a fraction of the time they would need for procedural languages (included with every Mac OS X system package)
 
Connections by Discovery Channel, ages (age 8)
Based on the award-winning television series, a cross between Dr. Brain and Myst type games
 
Crystal Key (download patch 1.1 to run on Windows XP) by Dreamcatcher Interactive
A great collection of games...
 
DK Explorer Series by DK Multimedia, ages 5-9 (age 3)
Explore the world through interactive journeys, with multimedia adventures and interactive games...
bulletI Love Science!
bullet World Explorer
bullet History Explorer
bulletUSA Explorer
bulletAmazing Human Body
bullet Amazing Animals
bullet Dinosaur Hunter
bullet Encyclopedia of Space and the Universe
 
Dr. Brain Series by Sierra, ages 12 and up (age 6)
Brain busters, mind melders and thought bogglers, in about 10 different styles from music to mazes to deep sea diving. Watch out for this one - its stolen time from both the kids and adults in our house! Requires little / no reading
bulletIsland of Dr. Brain
bullet Lost Mind of Dr. Brain (5)
bulletTime Warp of Dr. Brain
(Note: the newer Dr. Brain software titles are not as popular as these older ones.)
 
Freddi Fish, Pajama Sam, Spy Fox Series, by Humongous Entertainment, ages 4-11 (age 3)
Help Freddi, Sam or Spy Fox find the clues and solve the case. The Kelp Seeds mystery was intensely popular until the case was solved but subsequent games contain little variation. Later versions offer more variation for repeat solvers. Requires little / no reading
bulletFreddi Fish and the Case of the Missing Kelp Seeds
bulletFreddi Fish and The Case of the Haunted Schoolhouse
bullet Freddi Fish 3: The Case of The Stolen Conch Shell
bullet Freddi Fish 4: The Case of the Hogfish Rustlers of Briny Gulch
bullet Freddi Fish 5: The Case of the Creature of Coral Cove
bullet Pajama Sam: No Need To Hide When It's Dark Outside
bullet Pajama Sam 2: Thunder and Lightening Aren't So Frightening
bullet Spy Fox Cheese Chase
bullet Spy Fox Dry Cereal
bullet Spy Fox: Operation Ozone or Spy Fox 3: Operation Ozone
 
Free Stuff for Kids and Teachers Software
Just what it says...
 
Gizmos and Gadgets by The Learning Company, ages 8-14 (age 6)
Similar to The Incredible Machine, and the kids love it
 
The Incredible Machine: Even More Contraptions by Brodurbund, all ages (age 4)
Use the mouse, voice, and wildest imagination to create masterpieces on the computer. Go beyond mere virtual painting to smear, gloop, and smudge colors on a canvas that can be smooth, rough, or lizard-skinned... and tons more.  Creativity at it's best!
 
I Spy by Scholastic, ages 6 and up (age 3+ reading)
More challenging and fun than the books.  From counting and vocabulary, to homonyms and more!
bullet I Spy Spooky Mansion
bullet I Spy Treasure Hunt
bullet I Spy Fantasy
bullet I Spy School Days
bulletmore I Spy below, for older PCs...
 
Kid Pix Deluxe by Brodurbund, all ages (age 4)
Use the mouse, voice, and wildest imagination to create masterpieces on the computer. Go beyond mere virtual painting to smear, gloop, and smudge colors on a canvas that can be smooth, rough, or lizard-skinned... and tons more.  Creativity at it's best!
 
King's Quest by Sierra, all ages (age 6)
The best of the original role-playing games, G-rated, great story line.  Versions 1-4 are still DOS games; versions 5-7 were written for Windows 3.1 - some capability issues...
bullet King's Quest 8: Mask of Eternity
 
Marble Drop by Maxis, all ages (age 5)
Puzzle strategy game... Drop different colored marbles in each puzzle machine and figure out how to get the right colored marbles to their corresponding destination
Available (cheap!) in Electronic Arts Top Ten Family Fun Pack, along with several Sim titles and Theme titles, or on eBay...
 
Oregon Trail by Learning Company, ages 7 and up (age 3)
Experience the expedition of a lifetime during the mid-1800's. Or try the original Oregon Trail 5th Edition...
 
Oz: The Magical Adventure by DK Multimedia, ages 5-8 (age 4)
Travel on a fabulous journey through magical Oz to save Dorothy from the Wicked Witch of the West's evil clutches...
 
Pandora's Box by Microsoft, all ages (age 6)
Elaborate, visually rich collection of puzzles, with ten puzzle types, over 350 variations...
 
Return of the Incredible Machine / Even More Incredible Machines by Havas Interactive, ages 6 and up (age 6)
Hundreds of 'Rube Goldberg machines' to assemble, each one more interesting than the last. A time thief for both children and adults... Requires no reading
 
Roller Coaster Tycoon by Infogrames, all ages (age 7)
Puts you in total control of a theme park, managing every detail from ride development to rescuing lost guests...
bullet Ski Resort Tycoon / Golf Resort Tycoon
 
SimCity 3000 Unlimited by The Sims, ages (age 6)
Build a simulated city and help it grow and evolve
bullet SimCity 2000 Special Edition
bullet SimMania - SimCity Classic, SimTower, Streets of SimCity, SimCopter, SimIsle and SimSafari!
bullet SimMania for Kids - SimTown, SimPark, SimSafari, SimTunes, Widget Workship, and SimAnt!
 
Smart Games 3 by Hasabro Interactive, ages 10 and up (age 6)
Exercise the muscle in your head. Loaded with puzzles that bewilder, bamboozle, and boggle the mind, the games will challenge your synaptic reflexes
bullet Smart Games 1
 
Star Trek: Armada 2 by Activision, all ages (age 7)
Players command the fleets of three different races through three separate single-player campaigns for a total of 30 missions. Additionally, gamers can take control of six separate races in multiplayer mode. Each has divergent combat styles and tactical approaches...
bullet Star Trek: Action Pack - Armada, Armada 2, Voyager Elite Force, and expansion pack for Elite Force!
 
Star Wars: Pit Droids by LucasArts Entertainment, all ages (age 10)
Pit Droids rewards progress with comic short films of the clowning droids in action. Eight locations offer more than 300 puzzles spanning three levels of difficulty, and the Puzzle Editor lets you build your own devices. It's enough to keep you interested for as long as the droids keep you scrambling
bullet Star Wars: Droid Works - create and test your own droids in the Droid Workshop (older, and great, too)
 
Thinkin' Things by The Learning Company, ages 7-13 (age 5)
Five different games, older version 3 includes Octopus' Trading Game, Fribbles' Fun House (logic puzzle), (gravity and marbles), Marching band, and (visual sequencing puzzle). Requires little / no reading, depending on game
bullet Thinkin' Things Collection 1 ages 4-8 (age 3)
bullet Thinkin' Things Galactic Brain
bullet Thinkin' Things Toony The Loons
 
Time Machine (The New Adventures of the...) by Dreamcatcher Interactive, all ages (age 10)
An adaptation of one of the most well-read adventures in literature. Enter the adventure inspired by the work of H.G. Wells, and explore time travel as you face perilous situations and interesting characters. Your challenge is to survive against the forces of time
 
Trans-Con! by Knowledge Adventure, ages 7-12 (age 5)
Encounter native Americans, overcome natural disasters, and outwit a gang of six real-life outlaws determined to sabotage the railroad! As kids immerse themselves in this uniquely American adventure, they learn history, geography, social studies and science...
 
Where In the World is Carmen Sandiego? by The Learning Company, ages 9 and up (age 5)
Get ready to travel the world, encounter exotic sights and sounds, meet unusual people--and arrest them! Carmen Sandiego's international crime ring is furiously filching world treasures ordinary thieves wouldn't dare tackle.  8 levels from Gumshoe to Super Sleuth
bullet Where In the USA is Carmen Sandiego?
bullet Carmen Sandiego: Chase Through Time
 
Widget Workshop, all ages (age 6)
Delightfully detailed virtual mad scientist-inventor laboratory with zillions of parts and pieces to connect together on your screen to make creations that are truly limited only by your imagination; available on eBay
 
X-Plane by Xicat, all ages (age 9)
Flight simulator with a realistic flight model. Choose from any of the 50 aircraft or build your own with the Plane-Maker. Use Part-Maker utility to design your own flaps, wings, and gear, and test them out in scenery you've created using the World-Maker.  Newer version X-Plane
 

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