Cyberchase: The Quest

Game review by
Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media
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Cyberchase adventure is free online!

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages
Violence & Scariness
Language
Consumerism

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this CD-ROM-type game that teaches kids about earning, trading, and spending money is free on the Internet.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byRusben October 16, 2011

Education and Fun

Our children need education to be fun....Here it is..
Parent of a 5 and 11 year old Written byMsmaravilla April 9, 2008

Thank you, Cyberchase

My son is addicted to this game on pbskidsgo.org's website. It's hard to find something nonviolent that will catch his interest, but he is hooked on... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old June 7, 2012
Kid, 6 years old April 3, 2011

What's it about?

CYBERCHASE: THE QUEST (http://pbskids.org/cyberchase/) is an interactive game for kids ages 8 to 12 that looks and plays like a $20 CD-ROM -- and it's free! Kids become part of the Cybersquad -- a group of kids that protect Motherboard and all of Cyberspace from the evil antics of Hacker. They create a cyber character who must find objects for Motherboard so she can upgrade her operating system.

After purchasing subway tickets, players can travel to three different cybersites or go to the Cybermall to shop in four stores that sell and trade goods. Kids move around this universe of over 50 screens by clicking green arrows found at the edges of the screens. As they search for the items that Motherboard needs, they meet characters who engage them in games or offer them jobs. The games and jobs provide a way to earn snelfus, which kids can buy or trade to get items they need.

Is it any good?

Most of the games and jobs teach math or logic concepts. For example, when hired by the Logic Zoo in the R-Fair City cybersite, kids sort the zoo animals by using Venn diagrams. The software teaches kids how to earn, spend, and trade with money to accomplish a goal. It offers sophisticated animation, an engaging storyline with integrated math games, and over 20 characters with which to interact. The Quest does a nice job of balancing the need to earn money with the need to spend money to acquire the objects -- the end result is that kids enthusiastically play the math games to earn money.

Compatible with most browsers, The Quest requires the free Macromedia Flash plug-in (version 6.0 or higher), and it plays best on a high-speed connection.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about real-life applications for math. How do you use math every day? Did you learn anything playing this game that might help you in the real world?

Game details

  • Platforms: Windows, Mac
  • Price: FREE
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Thirteen/WNET
  • Release date: February 12, 2005
  • Genre: Educational
  • ESRB rating: NR

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