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3D Ultra Lionel Train Town

3D Ultra Lionel Train Town

Spring 2000 Software
Ages: 6 & Up
Manufacturer: Sierra On-Line
Price: $19.95
Review:
Not just for model train buffs, this entertaining and fast-paced, virtual model train game puts you behind the controls of a diesel, passenger or steam train—all replicas of actual Lionels of pastimes past. Players, or conductors, must perform tasks, some 72 in all, to run the railroad. The easy tutorial level even puts younger kids all-aboard quickly, with tasks such as delivering hamburgers to hungry construction workers or delivering a load of dodge balls to rescue recess at a school. Farther along the line you go, the jobs get more challenging—and some of them not so routine. Odd and zany tasks pop up, from delivering passengers past a UFO invasion to sorting cow dung for Farmer MacDonald. The train’s throttle, whistle, fuel gauge and map are on the tool bar. Different and sometimes wacky narrators accompany the various jobs. As difficulty of tasks increases, the time allowed to complete them to score blue ribbons decreases. Throughout, this personal trainer features detailed graphics of actual Lionel engines, cars and attractive backgrounds; plus cool sounds, too. Other than problem-solving the jobs, however, the educational content doesn’t ride these rails.
Don Oldenburg   ©2000 Parents' Choice
A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of "The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion" (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

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