By Janice Stickley-White
Gold Award Winners
Mozart's Magic Flute - The Music Game, Music Games International; $19.95 (boxed), $14.95 (jewel case), $12.95 (Web download); WIN 98 or higher; www.kidsmusicstage.com, 877-877-1369; ages 4 to 10. Players tackle this game with their ears as well as their eyes. The Queen of the Night has stolen the sun, and it's up to Wolfgang to use his magical flute to restore order once again. Throughout the games, different instruments are introduced and classical music plays. At certain points, players can play classical pieces while watching visually appealing animations. The program moves slowly to encourage relaxation and listening.
CleverIsland.com, Alfy Inc.; $7.99 per month; WIN95/98/ME/XP/NT/4.0/2000 (Internet access, 56K modem); www.cleverisland.com, 866-4-CLEVER; ages 3 to 8. Clever Island is a Web-based software resource and monthly subscription service designed by teachers and leading child-development experts. More than 90 games and activities that reinforce skills in language, math and logic are available. A "Parent Control Center" allows adults to manage the site to suit their learner's needs.
To see winning software titles for other age groups, return to NAPPA 2003 Award Winners: Software.
See also: NAPPA 2002 Award Winners: Software
Janice Stickley-White is a software reviewer and a high-school teacher who worked at U.S. Computer Systems before establishing her own company developing training and advertising products for software developers.