Tivola Publishing is a new name to me but I think almost every American
knows Charlie Brown (created by Charles Schulz), the ever dependable sidekick
Snoopy (aka the Red Baron), the great football holder and shrink Lucy,
and the rest of the Peanuts gang.
I sort of figured that anything licensed by the Schulz family would
be top drawer so I enlisted my eager assistants, the grand daughters.
The game is rated "E" for everyone and the educational games are for
people from 4 to Adult - young adult that like to have fun, that is.
The bad news first - it took right at 10 minutes to load from the CD
which is close to an eternity when you have an 8 year old sitting next
to you wanting to play the game. The 38 MB it took to load the game so
we didn't have to use the CD was a good idea except you still needed to
load the CD before it would start.
That is the only negative comment I have to make; from here on I will praise the game and explain why the girls liked it as I did.
There are a multitude of choices to make as you attempt to help Schroeder
find his blanket that he left with Charlie Brown for safekeeping. We all
know just how much Schroeder depends upon the blanket for safety, security,
snapping flies, and many other absolutely necessary activities including
annoying Lucy. In the course of searching and (hopefully) finding the blanket
the player starts by selecting either English or German as the games language
and then decides to play as either Charlie Brown or as Lucy. This choice
influences many different aspects of the games within the game.
The girls chose Lucy and we started the game with the setting of the
stage for what is to come. We move to Charlie's bedroom as Schroeder explains
the problem and Charlie gives his advice. After some more scene setting
the game begins in earnest. The figure below shows Lucy in the living room
and the bottom of the screen contains the boxes for changing the language,
increasing/decreasing the sound volume, eliminating music, pausing the
game, going to the other games within the overall game, storing the objects
you win or find that you'll need later, the Snoopy meter and ending the
The Snoopy meter reflects his overall happiness and shows when he needs
food or water. Keep him happy or else you will not do well in the game.
Searching rooms finds clues and objects needed to eventually find the
blanket and also lets you play some of the nine different games contained
within the basic scenario. The games are: Catch the Beagle (clicking on
Snoopy as he moves around rapidly), The Great Houndini which requires you
to reassemble Peppermint Patty, The Search the book game to find the right
book to help keep moving, Bus Ride which is a maze type game, The Training
Game which has some tricky math problems to solve, The Drawing Game to
help relax your brain and you can print them out and color them later if
you wish, the Music game which requires you to find the flying notes that
make up the melody, the Supermarket game which is an obstacle type game
and the Flying Game which helps get Woodstock to safety.
A lot of fun and a lot of learning for the kids and they won't mind
learning things due to the music and the dialog of the characters.
Spend the $19.99 for this game at tivola.com and be happy! There is
enough to keep the kids going for quite a while and you can even try your
hand at it when they're not around. WARNING - they will beat you at most
games so keep your ego intact.