Reviewed by Paul Waxman
Rainy Day Games presents three accurate simulations of children's card game classics--Concentration , Old Maid and Go Fish. The onscreen cards have pictures and names of animals and objects. Graphics are clean and professional, yet not overwhelming. When a match is made, the pictures on the cards are animated--the dog barks and wags its tail, the box springs open, etc.
The Options choice on the main menu lets you elect to use either the keyboard or a joystick. Next, you choose Beginner, Smart or Genius levels--these levels seem to affect the computer's ability to remember exposed cards in each game. You can also turn the sound on or off. And Concentration lets you play against the computer, or one or two other people plus the computer. Also, you can have the computer deal out nine, 15 or 25 pairs of cards.
My only suggested improvement would be to give the player one more option--have the matches in Go Fish and Old Maid found either automatically or by the player, instead of just automatically.
I was pleased with my daughter's continued interest in the Rainy Day Games--all three teach the child that both winning and losing are part of playing. However, I found only Concentration to have traditional educational value. Go Fish has some educational value if the child keeps track of which cards the computer exposes during its turn. But the child can still win at the beginner level using a hit- or-miss approach. At the genius level of play, keeping track of the cards is necessary. But overall, we all found Rainy Day Games well done.