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- Donald Duck's playground -

This is one of the earlier educational games but at the time I didn't really know that and treated just like any other game which is probably what educational software intends. You take the role of Donald Duck who has to take care of his three nephews but once again you are broke. You have to work jobs to make some money so you can buy toys for the nephews to play with. Afterwards you can place all the toys in the playground the way you like and have some fun.

There are four different jobs available to you and you can select to work from one to eight minutes at a time, payment is made after the time finishes and how much depends on how hard you work. You can work at the airport sorting luggage, sorting fruit at the shop, taking care of the toystore magazine or be a train operator. The first three mostly revolve around putting an item into the correct place depending on either the picture or the letters written on it. The train job has you operating a number of switches that control the path of a train and you have to make sure the pickup and delivery of items is done in the fastest possible route so you can optimize your payments. Doing any of these jobs for more than a couple minutes at a time is really boring though so I suggest you play them in turns. Once you are done with the job you get payed according to how well you did your job, when you drop or brake something you don't get payed for that but luckily you don't get a penalty either. Once you have your payment you can go to the shop and buy some goodies which will automatically delivered to your funhouse. Luckily items can cost as little as 1 cent so you should be able to get plenty of toys without doing too much work. Afterwards you can play with all the stuff you bought with your hardearned cash which is the whole point of working.

There are several educational properties to the game like at work you have to sort the corrert items which can be toys or boxes labeled with a certain letter combination. When paying you have to pay with cash and if you don't pay the exact amount you can even calculate the amount of coins you get back. You can even learn something when Donald crosses the railroad because he looks left and right before crossing so you can see any incoming vehicles. Educational games might not be be everyone's cup of tea but because I played this game when I was so young it was still entertaining. It might look and feel a bit childish but I still enjoyed it when I played this again so give it a try.

Overal rating: 7/10

Erde Kaiser


This game was released for three different systems here are some notes:
Amiga Released in 1986.
This uses an interface similar to other Sierra adventures however Donald walks very slow and you can't speed it up. The town was enlarged a bit so you can also walk around.
C64 Released in 1984.
This was the original release and the town is located in one screen with all shops and working locations in one street. Altough graphically not quite as good as the other two the controls and walking speeds make this the preferred version.
DOS Released in 1988.
Exactly the same as the amiga version.

Date added Mar-02-2006 14:44
Name Donald Duck's playground
Developer Sierra on-line
Publisher Sierra on-line
First released 1984
Genre Misc
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Download Commodore 64, filesize: 29 Kb
Commodore Amiga, filesize: 469 Kb
MS-DOS, filesize: 107 Kb
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Manual No manual available
Solve / Docs No solve available
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