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Davka Classic Game Pack II

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Davka Classic Game Pack II
Davka Corporation, (2002)
A CD-ROM for Windows

Reviewed by Rochelle Caviness - February 25, 2003

Bundled together in The Davka Classic Game Pack II CD-Rom are four fantastic games: Hebrew Game Time, Jerusalem Stones, Search for Your Israeli Cousin II, and the Hanukkah Activity Center. All the games in this collection are contained on one CD. This collection provides hours of fun and instructive entertainment for both children and adults.

In addition to the games contained on the CD, this collection also ships with Hebrew keyboard stickers and a 'cheat sheet' showing the layout of the Hebrew keyboard. If you don't already know how to use the Hebrew keyboard, this cheat sheet will come in handy should you choose to use the game editor that comes with some of the word games.

A detailed instruction manual is also included as part of the program. The manual is found on the CD-Rom, and is offered as a PDF file. You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to open this file. For those who don't already have this program, you will find a copy of this program on the CD-Rom, along with the games. In addition to the manual, this program also comes with a "Quick Installation Guide" that will help you install the games onto your computer.

The Games:

Hebrew Game Time

The Hebrew Game Time program is actually three games in one, Hebrew Hangman, Hebrew Word Zapper, and Hebrew Word Attack. All three of these games are fun to play, and extremely educational - especially for those just learning Hebrew. Jerusalem Stones

This is a fun game that will be of special interest to adults. Be forewarned however, it is addictive. Jerusalem Stones is a tetris-like game that can be played with colored stones, or blocks containing Hebrew letters. If you choose this option, you can select the letters used, or allow the computer to randomly generate the letters.

The game is played on a rectangular shaped board that overlays various pictures of Jerusalem. On the board itself, blocks fall from the top of the board in groups of threes, and you must stack the groupings in such a way that you match up three or more like blocks. Every time you make such a match, the matched blocks will disappear from the board and you will score points. As your score moves up, the scenes being displayed behind the board change. The object of the game is to make as many matches as possible. You will loose the game if the blocks fill up the board.

This may sound like an easy game, but it is quit challenging. Especially as the longer you play, the faster the stones fall!

Search for Your Israeli Cousin II - Global Quest

This is a delightful game that lets players explore Jewish communities around the world. If you've played Search for Your Israeli Cousin I - you will find that this game is very similar. However, rather than just searching for your relatives in Israel, you have to search the world for them. This game is resplendent with graphics, sound, and music, and it provides information on twenty different Jewish communities around the world. This game can take a long time to play from beginning to end, and it does have a 'save game' feature so that you can take a break and come back an continue the game at another time. This game is a fabulous means of learning and exploring Jewish geography, while at the same time playing a fascinating game!

Hanukkah Activity Center

The Hanukkah Activity Center consists of eight different Hanukkah related activities and games, including: In Conclusion

As you can see from the above information, the Davka Classic Game Pack II contains a wealth of games for 'players' of any age. This game pack is easy to install, and you will be up and playing the games in a matter of minutes. The games are inventive and varied, ensuring that there is at least one game, if not several, to delight every member of your family. The games feature a variety of graphic styles that will delight the eye, and a variety of musical and sound elements that will delight the ear. Without exception, all the games are entertaining and fun to play. In addition, each has an educational element that teaches without lecturing. These educational elements will also help assuage any guilt you have over spending so much time playing the games :)

System Requirements

PC with Windows 95/98/ME/2000/XP
CD-Rom drive
Sound Card and Speakers

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