Treasure Galaxy!

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Treasure Galaxy!
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Developer(s) The Learning Company
Publisher(s) The Learning Company
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
Mac OS
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Educational/Adventure
Mode(s) Single-player

Treasure Galaxy! is an educational computer game published by The Learning Company in 1994[1] for both Windows and Macintosh PCs. It is aimed at children ages 5 to 9 and is intended to teach children reading, basic math, and logic skills. Treasure Galaxy is part of the Super Solvers series.[2]

Background[edit]

After being removed from Treasure Cove, the Master of Mischief heads off to Crystal City in deep space. After turning the harmless asteroids into menacing Disasteroids, the Master of Mischief attacks Crystal City and shatters its crystals. The Super Solvers are summoned to recover the crystal shards and save Crystal City from the Master of Mischief.

Gameplay[edit]

The goal of Treasure Galaxy! is to recover all of the crystals and return them to the queen in her palace. To gather crystals, the player must first capture animated fireballs called "sunbeams" and answer their riddles. If answered correctly, a sunbeam will help the player decode a cipher that must be cracked in order to access the crystals hidden in the satellites. Each stage will have a different cipher that applies to all the satellites in that particular stage.

There are three separate stages, or orbits, of play, and the player may not move on to the next stage until he has learned the 4-digit passcode. The passcode can be obtained by completing various challenges posed by aliens that can be found in each stage. The challenges pertain to real-world scenarios such as using a calendar to find a certain date, measuring with a ruler, and measuring with a scale.[3]

Difficulty of each separate category of puzzle changes according to how well the player does with that type of puzzle.

Development[edit]

System requirements
Requirements
Microsoft[4]
Operating system DOS 5.0 or higher, Windows 3.1 or higher
CPU 386/25 MHz or better
Hard drive 4 MB RAM
Graphics hardware 256-color SVGA or 16-color VGA
Sound hardware Windows-compatible sound card
Macintosh[4]
Operating system System 7 or higher
CPU 68030 processor or better
Hard drive 4 MB RAM
Graphics hardware 256-color monitor

Educational Focus[edit]

Treasure Galaxy! is specifically designed to develop a broad range of math and critical-thinking skills within an environment of interactive and engaging game play. The program helps five-to nine-year-old children build real-world math skills, including identifying basic fractions, measuring length and weight, and locating calendar dates. Automatic educational leveling allows players to learn at appropriate and challenging rates for each individual activity. The program adjusts the level of difficulty, depending on the player's success.[5]

Treasure Series[edit]

Treasure Galaxy! is one of four games in The Learning Company's "Treasure" series along with Treasure Cove!, Treasure Mathstorm!, and Treasure Mountain!. The treasure series is a subgroup of the company's Super Solvers series.[6] All the games in this series are math and reading comprehension oriented educational adventure games aimed at younger children. Games in the treasure series all have the same three stage gameplay format where a special object, whose location can be deduced by answering questions, is needed to reach the next stage.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Treasure Galaxy! Tech Info". Retrieved 2011-03-22. 
  2. ^ Chris Martin and others. "Super Solvers series". MobyGames. Retrieved 2011-03-24. 
  3. ^ "Treasure Galaxy". CD-ROM Access. Retrieved 2011-03-22. 
  4. ^ a b "Treasure Galaxy!". AbleData. 2003-07-29. Retrieved 2011-03-23. 
  5. ^ "Treasure Galaxy!". Macintosh Garden. Retrieved 2011-03-23. 
  6. ^ "Super Solvers". TvTropes. Retrieved 2011-03-22. 
  7. ^ guesst. "Super Solver = OutNumbered!". Abandonia. Retrieved 2011-03-28. 

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