The House That Jack Built
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The object of the game is to answer simple mathematical questions and, if you answer correctly, watch Jack build his house.
After selecting the choice of multiplication or division, sound, music, clock and a degree of difficulty, a picture appears of Jack standing waving at you.
The clock, if selected, starts, and 20 seconds later you are asked the first question - for example, 8x3 = .
Answer the question correctly and watch him move to the other side of the screen and build a row of blocks -while the tune "Hi-ho, hi-ho, it's off to work we go" plays, if the music option is chosen.
When Jack has laid his blocks, he returns to his standing position and the second question is asked.
Answer all 15 questions and the house is completed. Jack waves goodbye and walks into his garage.
The screen clears and gradings as to how fast you achieved the task are displayed.
As an example, for Excellent you need a time of just over eight minutes, which is 30 seconds answering the questions and nearly eight minutes watching Jack.
This program is sold under the educational banner and its aim is the practice of simple sums.
The child using this program, however, is given no help if poor at sums. In fact quite the reverse. Answer a question wrongly and three rows of bricks are removed which took one and a half minutes to build.
But beware, if you answer the same question wrongly three times a message appears: "Correct answer is 8. Now enter it and remember it".
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