Fisher-Price Outdoor Adventures: Ranger Trail
Even kids who have never gone to camp will enjoy Fisher Price Great Adventures: Ranger Trail, here children too young for camp can still enjoy nature adventures and interact with camp buddies.
To start, players must sign in and pick a buddy. They have a choice of a boy dog, Gordon, or a female rabbit, Mallory. Both are Camp Wonderoo Junior Rangers.
Afterwards, players can help Ranger Rudy collect the items they will need to camp out from off the bus. Players drop the items they need onto Ranger Rudy and the items they won't need back on top of the bus. When they have correctly categorized all the items, they recieve a Supplies badge.
From there, it's off to the campsite.Players can sit around the fire and sing campfire songs (each camper and Ranger Rudy have their own favorites), or listen to night sounds by clicking on the lantern. Players also recieve a camera to take pictures with. They are told about the Wonderoo, the animal the camp is named for. In addition, they can go exploring on the nature trail.
If players listen to any of the night sounds, they will recieve a music badge. In fact, players can change the sounds they hear to create a night time atmosphere.
On the nature trail, players must look for the six plants, animals and objects on Ranger Rudy's list. Players use their flashlight to find spots where an animal may be hiding, and click the mouse to reveal what (if anything) is there. Clicking on a hiding spot may also reveal the Wonderoo. Players must take three pictures of the beast (by clicking on their space bar) to get the Wonderoo Spotter Certificate.
Along the trail, players can also earn an Astronomy badge by reproducing three constellations. Players must connect the stars by clicking on them and connecting them with lines to reproduce the constellation shown below. Doing this correctly three times gives players an Astronomy badge.
Further along the trail is a stream. Here, players have an opportunity to have a sailing race with a boat made from a stick and a leaf. Players must sail their boat down the stream, being careful not to run into obstacles or their buddy's boat. Running over feathers or waterfalls increases the boat's speed. Winning gains players a Sailing badge.
Still further down the trail, players will come to a cave. Outside, they can pluck berries from the tree to make their own paints, and inside the cave, there is a big patch of wall they can paint with brushes that resemble plants and animals. Painting anything awards players the Cave Painting Badge.
Once players have found all the things on Ranger Rudy's list, at the end of the trail, they can click on the "end of trail" sign to recieve their Junior Ranger Badge. At this point, they can see a slide show of all the pictures that they took and after they have seen their pictures, go back to any of the activities (Even ones that they missed), or quit the game.
This is a good game, but it seems that the badges are given out almost without rhyme or reason, simply for trying an activity (in the case of the cave painting and music badges) or, conversely, for completing an activity. This difference in activity rewards makes the game seem a bit uneven in tone.
Still, children will love this game and spend a lot of time playing it, learning something about nature and camping along the way. Don't be surprised if, after playing this games, your kids want to go camping for real! ~ Lisa Karen Savignano, All Game Guide
Kid-friendly, with lots of colors and cartoonish characters, plus lots of fun moments, especially with the Wonderoo, who looks like Bugs Bunny, except that it is completely blue. ~ Lisa Karen Savignano, All Game Guide
The night sounds are very realistic, as are the animal cries and calls. Kids will also enjoy the campfire singalong. ~ Lisa Karen Savignano, All Game Guide
Extremely enjoyable for kids. They will adore playing this game over and over again. ~ Lisa Karen Savignano, All Game Guide
With lots of different plants and animals to look for, this game is nearly inexhaustible. ~ Lisa Karen Savignano, All Game Guide
Not much is given, but the games are all explained in the program, so not much is needed. ~ Lisa Karen Savignano, All Game Guide