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Produced by Milliken and manufactured by Commodore, Frenzy/Flip Flop for the Commodore 64 is part of EduFun, a series of games designed to make learning fun for children.
Intended for gamers ages 5-8, Frenzy provides practice in subtraction (of numbers up to 18) and division (with dividends up to 81) on two levels of difficulty. At the easy level, the player must give the answer to a mathematical problem. At the hard level, any one of the three different parts of the problem can be missing and the player must fill in the blank.
If the player manages to answer 20 problems before a hungry alligator eats 10 fish, an action-oriented bonus round ensues. Here the player must guide a small smiling face around the screen, capturing as many numbers as possible while trying to avoid cherry bombs and mean faces.
Designed for children ages 10-14, Flip Flop features colorful, complex patterns and is intended to help players with rudimentary geometry skills by increasing recognition of similarities and differences of shapes and colors. Players are shown two figures and must decide if the figure on the left can be maneuvered to match perfectly (by color and shape) the figure on the right.
To move a figure, players can slide, flip or turn it. If a match is not possible, the player presses "N" for no match. If a child can answer 10 questions correctly, he or she will be rewarded with a musical and graphical display.
The instruction manual for Frenzy/Flip Flop provides a section of related activities (such as making flash cards) and suggestions for family and friends to enjoy with the child. Included in the package is a reusable practice card for use in working on subtraction and division. ~ Brett Alan Weiss, All Game Guide