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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Adventure Pack--Mountain Adventure

Part 3 of our series in which we give you in-depth information on our Adventure Pack games will focus on the MOUNTAIN ADVENTURE.  Our previous two posts have explained how to use the teacher interface to customize the games for individual needs,  answered some frequently asked questions about the games and introduced the Swamp Adventure game.  If you have not read those please go back and read them to have the basic information of the games.

The difficulty level of this particular game is based upon the computer gaming skills of the student.  We consider this to be a moderately difficult game because it does require use of all four arrow keys on the key pad.

Here is the opening screen of the Mountain Adventure game.  As I explained in the Swamp Adventure post you can click on PLAY to play the game or BACK to go back to the teacher interface to customize the game for your student.  The High Scores! section was explained there too, so I won't bore you by repeating all that information.  However, since I'm just the nicest person you'll ever meet here are links to those posts in case you have not read those.

In this game you are a mountain climber and must climb to the top of the mountain to win. You move your climber by using the arrow keys on your keypad. REMEMBER the mouse does not control the characters in the game. You can move the climber UP by pressing the up arrow or DOWN with the down arrow and of course LEFT or RIGHT with the left and right arrows.  You can also move him DIAGONALLY by holding the up arrow simultaneously with the left or right arrows. You can also move downward in a diagonal direction by holding the down arrow simultaneously with the left or right arrows.  The diagonal moves will help you greatly when you are dodging falling rocks and icicles.   In this game there are obstacles and perils: falling rocks, icicles, and mountain goats that will butt you off the mountain.  Each time you are hit by one of them you will lose a life.  Note the colored squares up in the right hand corner of the screen which shows how many lives you have left.  You have four lives in this game.

Do you see the crevice in the mountain (that black jagged image under the mountain ledge)?  You will also notice there is a cloud beside the ledge.  You can climb no higher than that  cloud until you do your speech task. There is no way to move forward in the game until the speech component has been attempted.  Although this is a very fun game to play the purpose of the game is to practice your speech, so the game ensures the kid isn't just playing and not practicing.

You must move your climber over to touch the crevice to bring up the speech bubble and then maneuver over to touch the speech bubble to activate your stimulus picture pop up.  Yes, that is a lot of climbing and dodging obstacles!

When you finally reach the speech bubble and touch it a stimulus picture such as this pops up with the audio stimuli (word, phrase, or sentence) for the child to repeat.  In this particular picture it is R initial word "wrist".  After the speech task has been completed (repeated as many times as you require him to say it) remove the picture stimulus by hitting the space bar* to resume the game. (Note that if you are using a headset with a mic, speaking removes the stimuli.)  The cloud will be gone and you will then be able to climb up to the next level on the mountain, touching crevices to bring up speech bubbles and touching speech bubbles to activate the speech stimulus pop up.  There will be falling rocks, icicles, and mountain goats all along your way up the mountain.

The faster you move up the mountain the more points you will end up with that will qualify you to enter your initials in the High Scores ranking on the opening game screen.  You will not need to make that determination as the computer will automatically present you with a blank line and a blinking cursor to enter your initials if you qualify.  NOTE: you will at this point need to use the mouse to click on the line to write your initials.  (Yes, someone called with that question once.)

GAME CHEATS:  If you see small rocks falling, that signals that a large boulder is coming from that direction and you need to move out of the way.  The icicles will make a tinkling sound right before they fall signaling that are getting ready to fall.  You can use your climber's hand set the icicles off  to get them to fall so that you can move. Just be sure to move out of the way quickly.  The mountain goat will only head butt you, so you can move behind him.

So there you have it, the ins and outs of Mountain Adventure or should I say the ups and downs :)
Next week we will tell you about the Ski Doodle Adventure, so stay tuned!

Leah and Dean

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