Sports Illustrated for Kids: Everything You Wanted to Know About Sports Encyclopedia
If you have a young sports enthusiast at home, you might feel tempted to get Sports Illustrated for Kids: Everything You Wanted to Know About Sports Encyclopedia (Creative Mulitmedia). This CD-ROM covers 50 different sports from archery to wrestling to bowling and, of course, football and baseball. Clicking on the sport’s icon in the underground lair of Prof. Von Schmedler, sports fan, takes you to an information screen with text, slides, and sometimes video. The text covers the basics of the sport, a brief history, rules, equipment, and so on. Sounds good so far, right? In fact, the information is so elementary that we can’t imagine a child needing to read it more than once. There are not enough videos nor are they long enough to immerse you in the subject. The trivia game is a good touch, but it’s based on the content, which isn’t challenging. The music and sound effects will please kids but that’s not the point of an encyclopedia. This is for the child who needs one of everything. Most would be better off with a book.
– March 1995