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Virtual Alienz 2

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Type of program: Virtual pet
Supported platforms: Win 95/98/NT
Author's name: Dylan du Toit
Authors e-mail address: ddt@intekom.co.za
Version: 2.21
Cost: $1
Installed size: 2.29 MB

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This strange little virtual pet is gotta be just for kids. For kids it would be cute, for adults, it would become boring real quick. First of all, this program runs on real time, so night owls-forget it. Your baby alien will sleep from 7 p.m. until 8 a.m. while he is a baby, a kid sleeps from 9 p.m. until 7 a.m. and a teenager from 11 p.m. until 6 a.m. After that he is up all day, and he wants almost constant attention.

Now, no one ever told me that I was a grown-up, I have a virtual pet on my computer, but this one really does want constant attention. I left it on while I went to the internet, and he spent more time "on the web" than I did.

However, as a kids program, it is just great. It is very self-explanatory, with not only text, but all icons, so that you know what he is oh oh-ing about. You can give him a drink, feed him, give him a treat, give him a shot when he is sick, and change his diaper. You can also make him study and play with him. The shareware version has 2 games; scissors, paper, rock; [which I'm sure you know what that is] and memory planets, which is like that Simon says toy-the alien pushs the 5 planets in a certain order and you have to duplicate the same order. There are 3 other game buttons that are grayed out, so I imagine that registering the game will bring them to life. They are baseball, mastermind, and shoot the saucers.

One great thing for kids-if they close the program by accident, the little alien is automatically saved. As easy as this is to work, and as great as the price is, this a must for your kids. They will have fun with it, they will enjoy the little games, [memory planets isn't bad!] and it will help them. On the other hand, Spamboy is driving me nuts [yes, it is a short drive, why?] I deliberately kept it open while I wrote this review, and I have had to give him 3 shots, 12 bowls of oatmeal, 2 ice cream cones, had to play with him 3 times, and changed 14 diapers. He's worse than a real kid!

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Reviewed by Stormy Strock


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