Rockett's Secret Invitation

By Finley, Sally | MultiMedia Schools, March/April 1999 | Go to article overview

Rockett's Secret Invitation


Finley, Sally, MultiMedia Schools


Rockett's Secret Invitation Company: Purple Moon, 1091 Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View, CA 94043; 888/2PURPLE; Technical Support: 650/526-5096 or ts@purple-moon.com; http://www.purple-moon.com/.

Price: $29.95-single copy-hybrid Macintosh/Windows 95 or 98

Audience: Publisher recommends ages 8-12.

Format: CD-ROM: text, graphics, animation, music

System Requirements: Macintosh 68040/33 MHz or faster, System 7.1 or later, 8 MB RAM (5 MB available),10 MB hard disk space, 2x CD-ROM, 256color monitor, speakers, mouse; IBMPC or compatible with 486DX/66 MHz or faster, Windows 95 or 98, 16 MB RAM, 15 MB hard disk space, 2x CDROM, SVGA monitor and graphics card (640x480, 256 colors),16-bit Windows compatible sound card with speakers or headphones, mouse.

Description: Rockett's Secret Invitation is an interactive friendship adventure for girls designed to promote problem-solving and decisionmaking in an entertainment format.

Reviewer Comments:

Installation: We used this title on a Power Mac G3 computer running System 8.0. Installation to the hard drive was a simple, one-step process.

Installation Rating: A

Content/Features: Rockett's Secret Invitation is the third episode in a series designed exclusively for girls. In this program, Rockett is invited to join a secret group at Whistling Pines Junior High, but a simple mistake that she made on her first day in 8th grade and an honest mix-up over a birthday card put her in some sticky situations. Assuming Rockett's identity, users can make decisions that result in changing consequences throughout this interactive adventure. The decision-making feature leads to different storylines and endings each time the game is played. The user can make more than 45 possible decisions about friendship, loyalty, honesty, independence, and individuality that change what happens next. The participating characters include 21 pre-teens and seven teachers.

Users can explore the Hidden Hallway that contains 21 student lockers, the Yearbook Office, and the Teachers' Lounge, where behind-the-scenes clues are ever-changing and hundreds of pieces of inside information can help them decide what Rockett should do. "Truth glasses" found in the Hidden Hallway can reveal a character's true thoughts about specific situations. A unique feature of this software is a camera that sporadically appears, allowing the user to take photos of characters and scenes that are recorded in a personalized photo album. A playback option keeps track of every decision, allowing an uninterrupted story with dialogue, and sound effects any time after two decisions have been completed. Content/Features Rating: A

Ease of Use: I used this program on the last day of classes before a school holiday as a free-choice center. …

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