Learning with FuzzyWOMP
There are four kinds of different educational games intended for kids. They include knowledge and numerical order (the digits, which are represented as bubbles, fly out from a pipe, and you must help FuzzyWOMP blow them out in the proper order); digit definition (the clown shows the digit and FuzzyWOMP must dispense the right amount of balls - if the number is correct, the clown juggles them. If it's wrong, he gets upset); calculating, comparing, and memorizing (a domino is shown and is then hidden, and FuzzyWOMP has to choose the same one from the six possible variants); and shooting (after creating your assistant you have to shoot FuzzyWOMP).
Credits (Apple II version)
Average score: 3.8 out of 5 (based on 4 ratings with 1 reviews)
* Four games in one package
Most educational games out there lets children develop only one skill, be it reading, writing, mathematics, what have you. What Sierra did was design a package that combines all three, focusing on pattern matching, counting, number sequencing, and eye-hand coordination.
What's good about it is that it is very flexible. If a child plays one and for some reason gets fed up with it, then they can change to another. I don't see any reason why a child would want to end a game; even as an adult, I found all four games entertaining.
* FuzzyWOMP's animations are hilarious
There are some of his animations that made me laugh. I won't name them all, but my favorite one has to be in the domino (pattern matching) game where if you match dominoes, the Womp receives an electric shock three times; and when you leave the game early, he decides to enter the shock machine for some reason and comes back out, and off the screen he goes.
One of the games involve you shooting the Womp fours times. If you manage to hit him the first three times, all he does is morph into different shapes from a starfish to a caterpillar.
* Why are there so many versions of FuzzyWOMP?
It looks like Sierra couldn't make up their mind about what the Womp should look like. One minute he is this guy with green leaves covering his torso, the next minute this big orange blob in the number sequencing game. Not only that, but he flashes between colors in some of the games.
The Bottom Line
Sierra started focusing on the education market since the Eighties, and Learning with FuzzyWOMP is the best one that they released. It consists of four games, with children learning pattern matching, counting, number sequencing, and eye-hand coordination. Upon loading each game, FuzzyWOMP demonstrates how to load each game so that a child will know how to play immediately. If they want to stop playing the game, then they can press the Escape key to go back to the main menu.
Both the graphics are good, and there are some really nice animations. For a person who owns an Apple II and would like an education game for their child, this is a must have.
Apple II · by Katakis | カタキス (43051) · 2012
- MobyGames ID: 9294
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Game added June 3rd, 2003. Last modified February 22nd, 2023.