Fun-filled treasure hunt

Help shipwrecked Robinson Crusoe escape his island in this game.

Adventures of Robinson Crusoe is a fun game based on Daniel Defoe's novel. Each level is a treasure hunt to salvage items from Crusoe's shipwreck. As you progress, Crusoe builds a new boat to escape. Each vignette is richly detailed and visually entertaining, with beautiful graphics, music, and sounds.

You can choose to play the game either in "Relaxed Mode," which offers hints and untimed play, or "Survivor Mode," which has fewer hints and a timer to keep you on your toes. We chose "Relaxed Mode." To play, you search for hidden objects in vignettes at various levels. Each level features special objects to find and tasks that must be completed before you can progress to the next stage of the game. The Options menu has a setting that corrects the game's display for wide monitors, which is a thoughtful touch. When the game starts, it shows a short animation of the story of Robinson Crusoe. This is a nice feature for those who've forgotten the details of the novel or for parents or teachers who are introducing children to this popular tale. There's an option to bypass the story if you want to start playing the game immediately. As we played, we were glad we chose the easier "Relaxed Mode," because it's fairly challenging.

The trial version limits play to 60 minutes. You can buy the full version at the game's Web site, where you'll also find the Help file. This application installs and uninstalls with no problems. Adults and children alike will love this game.

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