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Welcome to Utility of the Week! :) Each week there will be a new featured game on this page. The game may be good, average or diabolically bad, it really doesn't matter! Just look at the pics, read the text and enjoy the nostalgia! :-) Game of the Week! is open to contributions so if you would like to contribute a game article for this page you're more than welcome to! Every article we receive will be considered!
Here and There With the Mr. Men
1985 Mirrorsoft
Programmed by Primer Educational Software
 
Most text of the present article comes from the feature on educational programs by Gary Penn, as published in the eighth issue of the British C64 magazine ZZAP!64 (December 1985)
 

 

HERE AND THERE WITH THE MR MEN
Mirrorsoft, 8.95 cass

Turning from the American inspired programs (although purists would of course insist that Winnie is 'ours' and not 'theirs'), there are some telly heroes on British software. Mirrorsoft have a package of four Mr Men games aimed at the 4 - 8 years bracket under the general heading of Here and There with the Mr. Men. These do not avoid the 'educational' tag however. Mr Tickle's Jigsaw Puzzle, Mr Tickle and Mr Grumpy, Mr Lazy and Mr Men versus Mr Tickle are all aimed to lead children in 'an amusing and stimulating way' to grasp the concept of 'left and right'. The accompanying booklet is designed to be read by a parent as a story to go with the games. Unlike the US Gold offerings, the Mr Men games use rather simple, though brightly coloured, blocky graphics, and I would have thought the tasks may become repetitive to kids rather quickly. For instance, in Mr Lazy you guide a worm up and along the branches of a tree in order to reach an apple and knock it down on Mr Lazy's head as he snoozes under the tree. No doubt this very simple exercise might amuse a four year-old for a while, but I very much doubt whether it would appeal to an eight year-old for more than one go.

The important difference between these games and those from the Walt Disney stable lies very much in the graphics as well as the ideas, and in that department there's little doubt that US Gold score heavily.

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In GB64 we have the following Mr.Men games: (1) Mr Greedy's Ice Cream Hunt, (2) Mr Silly's Hat Game, (3) Mr Forgetfull's Wardrobe Game (4) Mr Forgetfull's Letter Game. However these come from the other Mirrorsoft/Primer Software package of the same era titled "First Steps with the Mr. Men".

Mirrorsoft's/Primer Software's "Here and There with the Mr. Men" package contains the following programs: (1) Mr Tickle's Jigsaw Puzzle, (2) Mr Tickle and Mr Grumpy, (3) Mr Lazy, (4) Mr Men versus Mr Tickle. Currently none of these is in Gamebase.

If you have this compilation of educational games, pls let us know!

Htmlized by Dimitris Kiminas (31 Dec 2003)
The 1st screenshot above was originally printed by mistake in the review of the game "Zyto". The "Zyto" review is in page 16 of the same ZZAP! issue.

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