Rugrats fans can play with friends on PC

November 30, 1998|By Bonnie Scott | Bonnie Scott,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE

As a new mom, I often snickered with other new moms as we referred to our kids as rug rats. Little did I know the term would become the name of a top-rated television show, and now a movie. If your Rugrats fans can't wait to see their friends on the big screen, check out the new software titles based on the movie.

"The Rugrats Movie Activity Challenge," about $30, includes six games based on the Rugrats movie and featuring Rugrats characters. Players can help baby Dil navigate a traffic jam and escape circus monkeys or save Angelica using one of Stu's inventions.

"The Rugrats Adventure Games," also about $30, actually lets kids become one of the Rugrats gang. Kids solve puzzles and work to rescue Reptar from Hubert the Trash Monster and save the earth from the aliens and their evil queen, Angeleeka.

If your rug rats are younger than the 6-to-10-year age range, be sure to check out the latest software starring Blue of the Nickelodeon show "Blue's Clues." From Humongous Software, the makers of Freddi Fish and Pajama Sam, comes "Blue's Birthday Adventure" and "Blue's ABC Time Activities."

"Blue's Birthday Adventure," in stores now for about $30, asks kids to help plan a party for Blue. By tracking clues and solving puzzles, kids help Blue decide what to give her guests, what to eat and what activities to have at her party. "Blue's ABC Time Activities" help kids strengthen their pre-reading skills as they explore letters, words and sounds. In the Snack Time activity, players help Blue figure out which snacks to get based on the first letter of words on her grocery list.

If your preschooler is not a Blues fan, you can still explore pre-reading skills with a more traditional guide, Dr. Seuss. "Green Eggs and Ham," "The Cat in the Hat" and "Dr. Seuss's ABC" titles have been made into popular software programs.

"Dr. Seuss Preschool" has kids assist Horton, the faithful elephant, as he helps baby Elma Sue look for her mother. Together, kids and elephant solve language puzzles, sing songs and uncover clues as they search for Elma Sue's mom. For the child entering kindergarten next year there is "Dr. Seuss Kindergarten." Here kids help Gerald McGrew build a zoo in Seussville. Kids help McGrew find exotic animals as they solve math and reading puzzles.

Just one final warning: Resist the temptation to buy children software that is a bit advanced for them. Life is frustrating enough for kids. Follow age guidelines on the package.

Pub Date: 11/30/98

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