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The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that there are ads all over: one short ad and one tall one on the side of the Web page plus a banner ad at the top. All are clearly marked "Advertisement" and point you to the Warner Bros. shop and purchases such as video games and faster modems. Mac users beware -- the games run very very slowly. PC users don't have this problem.
What's it about?
SCOOBYDOO.COM stars the Great Dane himself with the usual gang of friends plus a gaggle of ghosts and monsters. Fans will enjoy seeing his latest online adventures and playing Scooby-related games. There are also coloring pages, contests, and newsletters. Families with favorite pets might choose to submit a photo to the "Pet Gallery." Pooches and kitties predominate, but any kind of pet is allowed. Answer a few pet-related questions and then submit your digital photo. Site administrators monitor the submissions, so don't expect the photo to appear right away. Visitors get ten "Scooby Snacks" per day to "give" to their favorite pets. The pets with the most snacks get special Featured Pet status. You won't find any dog-biscuit recipes in the "Scooby Snacks" area, but you will find downloadable screensavers, buddy icons, and computer wallpaper. At the time of review, most had Halloween and monster themes.
Is it any good?
In general the games are clever and fun, but before you can play the games you'll have to watch a brief ad about an upcoming Warner Brothers movie, a CD, or Vanilla Mint Listerine, among others. Because of all those doggone ads, sometimes you'll be asking yourself, "Scooby-Doo, where are you?"
Also, watch out if you're using a Macintosh computer: The games run slowly and the controls react even slower. It's not impossible to play using a Mac, but PC users running Internet Explorer get an entirely different gameplay experience.
Online interaction: Kids can post comments in a moderated bulletin board and send postcards to their friends.