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Mario Sandiego, Not Bad
Mario Is Missing is a fantastic example of the possible educational power of computer games. Mario is kidnapped and his brother, Luigi, scours the world to find him. The game is quite long and requires the player to learn about major landmarks and cities while globe trotting. It's a perfect introduction to global culture and some history, in a setting younger players would be attracted to. I first played this when I was younger and I remember learning a lot about the world from this game. It's a great complement to the Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego series for learning fundamentals of geography. Parents who wish to enhance and supplement their children's education should also look into Mario's Time Machine. Any of these games can inspire a child to go investigate certain nuggets of knowledge further and find out more on their own time. The sprites and animations are a bit awkward looking, Luigi and Yoshi just don't seem to look exactly like how we've come to know them. Hopefully that player will be able to forgive it, or at least not be so discriminating to give up on the game.