Apple II Cover art
|Developer(s)||The Learning Company|
|Publisher(s)||The Learning Company|
|Platform(s)||Apple II, Commodore 64, DOS|
The goal of the game is to solve puzzles and find secrets along with the game's title character, Gertrude the goose. It features a variety of puzzles involving basic recognition of shapes, colors and patterns. The puzzles are designed to develop basic skills of logic and reasoning. A companion game, Gertrude's Puzzles was released at the same time. Gertrude's Secrets was released for DOS, Commodore 64, and the Apple II.
Gertrude's Secrets features rooms filled with puzzles to be solved by arranging objects by shape and colour. It is played by dragging Gertrude the Puzzle Bird into one of the various rooms. Gertrude then brings various shapes into the rooms which have to be arranged appropriately. Upon completion of the puzzle, Gertrude awards the player with a prize called a "treasure" which is stored in the player's treasure room. Puzzle types include "loop" and train puzzles.
A review in the Journal of Learning Disabilities called Gertrude's Secrets's puzzles "challenging and highly entertaining" for children. The game was also cited as an example of a learning tool that can help teach children basic classification skills. Commodore Microcomputers stated that Gertrude's Secrets "is intuitive and easy for kids of all ages to understand". The magazine approved of its lack of "nerve-wracking time limits or invading aliens" and encouragement of "exploratory learning ... built on rock-solid educational principles". Leslie Eiser, of Compute! commented that the game required involvement from a parent, being designed to challenge children in addition to teaching them.
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- Beekman, George (September–October 1985). "Gertrude's Secrets, Gertrude's Puzzles and Rocky's Boots". Commodore Microcomputers. pp. 18, 20.
- Eiser, Leslie (October 1989). "Compute! - Issue 113". Compute! (113): 96. Retrieved September 12, 2017.