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Wednesday, March 23, 2005
Apple Features Edutainment Software
9:31 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Apple has posted an feature on edutainment titles available for the Macintosh. The edutainment genre covers games that mix learning with the fun of playing games. Number Munchers and Oregon Trail are some of the earliest examples of edutainment on Apple computers.

Today's edutainment titles are much more advanced, and some are hard to tell apart from pure entertainment titles. The titles available for the Macintosh run the gambit from games based on children's shows, such as Dora the Explorer and Blue's Clues to games based on toy lines, like Rescue Heroes, to original games such as Didi and Ditto.

Here's what they had to say about Did and Ditto:

Didi & Ditto are a pair of beavers, one a boy and one a girl. During a stroll through the woods, one of them is kidnapped by Zolt, a vegetarian wolf (your child can play as either beaver). The player must guide the other beaver through a series of kindergarten-level math, reading, thinking and problem solving exercises, the rewards for which are the vegetables needed to exchange with Zolt for the trapped sibling. Three difficulty levels allow you to make the problems more challenging as your child gets older.
Head over to Apple's site to check out the full feature and get you kids hooked on learning.

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