EDUCATIONAL SOFTWARE The hardest job in software is to make learning fun. Few games succeed, but the CARMEN SANDIEGO series (latest: WHERE IN THE U.S.A.?) comes pretty close. Kids chase the eponymous thief around the country, improving geography skills. If only Carmen could do the same for algebra.
Where in the U.S.A. Is Carmen Sandiego?: Educational value, 5; Violence, 0
ROLE PLAYING These games look like movies, except the players direct the action and the dialogue and must solve problems to find their way out of each "scene." The MONKEY ISLAND series (latest: CURSE OF MONKEY ISLAND) is O.K....