While this children's game is quite appealing, the trial's time limit may put off potential players. Freddi Fish 3: The Case of the Stolen Conch Shell stars a female fish and her friend Luther. Young children will find the mouse-based navigation easy to figure out, though some of the puzzles take a little thinking. The cursor changes when it's hovering over something you can interact with. Oftentimes a click triggers a quick animation of a bug doing something cute, but sometimes it triggers an important piece of dialog or allows Freddi to pick up the object. The graphics, music, and voice acting are all enjoyable. There's a lot of swimming back and forth while the half-hour of playing time ticks away, though. The game shuts down at the 30-minute mark rather than simply not starting again once you've reached the limit, and we can't tell whether you pick up where you left off when you buy the game. To avoid unhappy kids, parents of young children should be prepared to register Freddi Fish 3: The Case of the Stolen Conch Shell right away.
* Operating systems Windows 98, Windows 95, Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows XP
* Additional requirements Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP