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Super Solvers: Treasure Mathstorm (PC) review


"Childhood stories, we visit again. The unprecedented success of Treasure Mountain lead to a very similiar game with just different subgames and a much more interesting environment. Instead of trudging up a tree filled mountain, you were trudging up snowy slopes avoiding getting hit by snowballs and collecting snowballs yourself. You had to work your way through the three levels to the top, and do so over and over against hundreds of times to beat this game. While I think this is possible the wor..."



Childhood stories, we visit again. The unprecedented success of Treasure Mountain lead to a very similiar game with just different subgames and a much more interesting environment. Instead of trudging up a tree filled mountain, you were trudging up snowy slopes avoiding getting hit by snowballs and collecting snowballs yourself. You had to work your way through the three levels to the top, and do so over and over against hundreds of times to beat this game. While I think this is possible the worst of the five main Super Solver games (that and Outnumbered) Treasure Mathstorm was a great experience still. It's amazing what the Learning Company can do to create both fun and learning for children and adults of all ages.

GRAPHICS (8/10): Being an old PC game for children, I really never paid attention to the graphics. The landscaping was well done though, as the rolling snowballs and the flying snowballs (Don't ask, they needed goofy enemies). The guy with the hat looks the same as always as he tackles the Mountain, now covered in snow, once again and the job is done well I think.

SOUND (7/10): The sound on the old PC was the good ol' beeping music, that everyone who has read many of my old reviews knows that I loved as much as the modern music of today. There were very few sound effects in the Super Solver games, and that was no different in Mathstorm. The music that was present was very good and fit the game nicely, as it was reminiscant of Treasure Mountain.

GAMEPLAY (56/65): If you have played Treasure Mountain, you will be able to pick up Treasure Mathstorm in seconds and figure out what you are doing. All they did was change english and trivia questions into math games, change the scenery, and the sorroundings. By only changing these few things, the whole game is a different experience. The scenery makes the searching for clues different, so you can enter the math games, which questions are of a much different variety than the trivial clues in Mountain. You will need to work through three stages again, each with their own special type of math problem for you to tackle. The ending stage is not as entertaining as the Treasure Mountain one, but it is still fun nonetheless. Most of all, though, the learning quality is very high in Treasure Mathstorm, and it will help any young kid tackle his math. A truly enjoyable experience from the Super Solvers.

REPLAYABILITY (8/10): While the replayability does not reach the caliber of Treasure Mountain's never ending game, this comes very close. You will need to play through it over a hundred times to save the snowcovered world and completely beat the game. As the game goes on it gets harder and harder, as a game should go, and you will be racking your brains near the end trying to find the last puzzles (as a young child of course. At 16, it is still simple)

DIFFICULTY (5/5): As I said in the replayability section the game starts out with very easy math questions, for younger begginners will struggle at. But as you play through the game those math questions get harder, as you yourself are learning more. So there is alway a challenge for children in Treasure Mathstorm.

OVERALL (84/100): Still a great game for children, and I truly enjoyed this one. While not up to the caliber of Ancient Empires, Treasure Mountain, and Treasure Cove, the Super Solvers have done it again. They have combined entertainment with education, and created a truly great math experience. THis is one game that you should really try to get your hands on if you have a young kid who wants to learn some Math.

Rating: 8.4/10

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Community review by ratking (January 19, 2003)

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