I See Sue

The Field Museum exhibits ‘Sue’, the largest and most complete T-Rex fossil ever found. They look to extend Sue’s footprint beyond the walls of the museum, beyond Chicago. To do so, they must bring these bones to life. The museum is particularly eager to reach very young children, so they want to avoid written text and complex language.

Young players can explore the lifestyles of a dozen species of dinosaurs – in forest, swamp, ocean and air. The focus is not on memorizing difficult Latin names, but on appreciating the living animals and their adaptations to each habitat. The game mechanics are designed to encourage youngsters to begin to think analytically and to make strategic trade-offs.

The players must cross the forest, mountain, swamp, seaside cliff in board-game style. They take discrete steps along a marked path. The path includes several shortcuts that allow particular species to cut ahead. For example, a mud-pit shortcut can be traversed only by the paddle-footed Lambeosaurus. A nimble Troodon can scamper across a log bridge.The player knows the best dinosaur to play for each part of the journey, but must earn this dinosaur in a competitive tile-matching mini-game that has very simple rules but big opportunities for strategic play.

The reception to the game was mixed. It was designed to be an appealing challenge to pre-school children and it was tested exclusively with this age group We forgot that children do not buy games or write reviews. Adults who expected museum-like treatment of dinosaur facts, or a didactic game were disappointed and missed all the depth. On the other hand, children, and adults who were sensitive to them, tend to love the game.

Catchy... Facts are presented in clever rhyming sentences.

New York Times on I See Sue

User-friendly and charming... And, more importantly, fun

Amazon on I See Sue

This is...something me and my sister reminisced about recently. It is the source of so many fun childhood memories of hours and hours of playing the game, arguing over which level to play, making up songs to go with each dinosaur and printing out the coloring pages at the end. So you know that we found it on Amazon. We figured it was worth a review. 10/10

Amazon Customer (April 2016) on I See Sue

I am happy to see "I See Sue" available on Amazon. I was given this game back on '04 when we got our first computer. My 4 year old grandson LOVED it. We played it together until he was proficient enough to play alone. When he was in kindergarten his teacher was amazed at the dinosaur facts he knew. During the years he played it he developed strategical thinking skills. After many years the computer quit playing the program. We missed "I See Sue".

mary35546 on I See Sue

My 5-year-old liked playing cards against the computer to match the dinosaur parts, he liked seeing his dinosaurs appear on the various gameboards, and he liked the "prizes" which were coloring pages he could print out. It IS repetitive, but often kids this age like repetition. I wouldn't say it's highly educational about dinosaurs, but just as we don't have only one kind of book in our collection, we have a variety of software. I can tell my son enjoyed mastering this game.

Jason Rice on I See Sue

My 15 yr old and I were just reminiscing over games from the past. She named Sue as her all time favorite childhood game. An astounding compliment coming from a teenager. Wish we could use all of our old CD's for our 4 year old! Thanks for a great game

Sachibot on I See Sue