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Nat Geo Challenge! Wild Life

Nat Geo Challenge! Wild Life

Spring 2011 Video Games
Ages: All Ages
Price: $29.99
Gaming System: PlayStation 3

Coming to your PS3 console from the brainiacs at National Geographic, here's arguably the finest and most vividly visual, high-quality science trivia videogame out there. Designed as a game-show style quizzer that would make Alex Trebek proud, Nat Geo Challenge! Wild Life encourages up to four cerebrally gifted players to test themselves with this wonderfully challenging onslaught of natural-science, fact-based questions.

Nat Geo Wild Life isn't fancy, though you'd go a long way to find photos and video segments in any game that are more remarkable than these ones from real-life nature. And go ahead, try to answer these questions. They're tough and get tougher. Meanwhile, players learn a lot.

National Geographic owns one of the greatest high-quality photo and video libraries ever. This game barely dents it, but there's thousands of crisp HD photos here and 90 minutes of HD video footage-everything from incredible sharks and ridiculous birds to insects doing weird stuff and predators eating their prey.

The gaming's more than 5,000 trivia question play out in various forms, including straight-forward multiple-choice questions, plus jigsaw, letter puzzles, statistic face-offs, and sliding puzzles. The game also presents several categories: Amazing Planet, for instance, is about plants and nature, while Aquatic Life covers fish, and Predators vs. Prey focuses on animal in hunting animals.

Nat Geo Challenge! Wild Life is not for everyone. But if there's a science or nature lover in your family, this is a no-brainer. It's fun, it's over-the-top intelligent and educational, and, bottom line, it's beautiful. The more you play, the more you're fascinated, and the more you learn. It's a win-win-win.

Don Oldenburg   ©2011 Parents' Choice
A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of "The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion" (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

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