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Arctic Mission: An Interactive Adventure

Distributed by National Film Board of Canada, 1123 Broadway, Suite 307, New York, NY 10010; 800-542-2164
Produced by Jean Lemire, Caroline Julien (CREO) and Nicole Cote (NFB)
Directed by Laila Hodell and Bertel Torne Olsen
DVD, color, several 40 min. trips
Jr. High - Sr. High
Animal Rights, Education, Geography, Science

Reviewed by Deidra N. Herring, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Date Entered: 1/14/2008

The Artic Mission is a great way to boost interest in the causes of global warming and its effects on arctic wildlife and the environment. Visual learners will appreciate the realistic missions captured through the stimulating film and cinematography taken from the Arctic Mission film series. The interactive DVD allows its players to take four different voyages aboard the Sedna IV along with Chief Jean Lemire and his crew through the Northwest Passage.

The video game graphics are straightforward and easy to manipulate. The players’ mission is to save the polar bears while rescuing the ship from potential dangers by answering multiple choice questions correctly. Although the design is simple, the sequence of question and answer section can be somewhat confusing. However, the information presented is extremely useful, can educate and encourage children to think of ways to become involved in environmental friendly practices in order to salvage the earth. The game also includes a map, bear tokens, and a study guide offering suggestions to teachers of how to use in the classroom. Recommended for schools and public libraries.