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Game #2569
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Rocky's Boots    View all Top Dogs in this genre
Education   Math or logic

Rating: 8.42 (14 votes)

Rocky's Boots box cover

Rocky's Boots screenshot
Rocky's Boots is an excellent educational game that teaches kids the basics of logic circuits that computers are based on. A true predecessor of better-known Robot Odyssey, Rocky’s Boots was aimed at a slightly younger audience, but is no less challenging and fun. Here is how the designer himself, Warren Robinett, founder of The Learning Company, describes this forgotten classic:

"[Rocky’s Boots] won Software of the Year awards from Learning magazine (1983), Parent’s Choice magazine (1983), and Infoworld magazine (1982, runner-up), and received the Gold Award (for selling 100,000 copies) from the Software Publishers Association. It was one of the first educational software products for personal computers to successfully use an interactive graphical simulation as a learning environment. It was a precursor to later simulation products such as SimCity and The Incredible Machine.

Rocky’s Boots was a visual simulation that made it possible for upper-grade-school students to design simple digital logic circuits, using a joystick to move around circuit symbols on the screen and plug them together. The circuit components were AND gates, OR gates, NOT gates, and flip-flops. The colors orange and white were used to show the logic states ‘1’ and ‘0’ of the components, so that as the circuit operated, the signals could be seen propagating through the circuits, as if the electricity was liquid orange fire flowing through transparent pipes."

With excellent in-game instructions and tutorials that set high standards for edutainment titles, intuitive user interface, and great gameplay that teaches as well as entertains, Rocky’s Boots is a must-have for everyone, child or not, who wants to learn about how computer logic works. Fans of Robot Odyssey and Gertrude’s Secrets in particular will enjoy this classic for hours on end. Two thumbs up!

Note: You can play Robot Odyssey straight in your browser if you don't feel like looking for this game somewhere else. Just follow the link below.

Reviewed by: Underdogs

Designer: Warren Robinett & Ann McCormick
Developer: Learning Company, The
Publisher: Learning Company, The
Year: 1987
Software Copyright: Learning Company, The
Theme: Unique
Multiplayer:  
None that we know of
System Requirements: DOS
Where to get it:
Related Links: Designer's game page, Robot Odyssey online
Links:    
If you like this game, try: Robot Odyssey, The, Gertrude's Secrets, Castle of Dr. Brain

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