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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions):


Q. Can a one year old really play Clicktoy?

Q. Will older children enjoy Clicktoy too?

Q. How simple is Clicktoy to use? How does it work?

Q. What does "ClickSafe" mean?

Q. Is Clicktoy educational software?

Q. What are the minimum system requirements?

Q. Is Clicktoy available in stores?


Q. Can a one year old really play Clicktoy?

A. Yes! We took a 101-button keyboard and made every key do something different. The mouse is only used for menu navigation by you the parent to launch the game. After that your child is free to PRESS ANY KEY. And with our "ClickSafe" technology, your child can't accidentally exit the program or return to the desktop potentially adversely affecting your computer. [Learn how to activate ClickSafe.]

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Q. Will older children enjoy Clicktoy too?

A. Yes! The thrill of exploration and enjoyment of Clicktoy can be enjoyed by all ages.

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Q. How simple is Clicktoy to use? How does it work?

A. Clicktoy was designed to be as simple as a button press. Press any key and something will happen: an animal will jump, a bird will sing, or the rain will pour. [Watch the video that demonstrates the keyboard features in Clicktoy.]

The Clicktoy keyboard has five features:
  • The ESC key to exit the Meadow (when ClickSafe is enabled, the ESC key must be held for 3 seconds until the exit popup appears).
  • The Function keys to affect the environment (change the time of day, make it rain, blow leaves, etc).
  • The Letters & Numbers keys to trigger the Meadow's inhabitants into animated action.
  • The "System" keys to trigger a variety of animal sound effects ("System" keys refers to the arrows, insert, delete, home, page up, page down, etc).
  • The Keypad keys which represent a single chromatic scaled musical instrument as well as a few percussion instrument sounds.

The desire is to let your child explore and see how their actions affect their environment. As it’s filled with loveable animals, your child will be able to get up close and watch them frolic and play.

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Q. What does "ClickSafe" mean?

A. "ClickSafe" is a setting found in the Options menu, off the Main menu (aka the Astrolabe). When turned ON, all keyboard key combinations that normally would either exit the program or task-switch back to the desktop are disabled. We even catch many of the additional keys found on modern keyboards.

One major exception is the CTRL-ALT-DEL key combination. Because it is considered the height of bad etiquette to completely prevent a computer owner from exiting a program if they really want, we opted NOT to trap that function. You or even your child will be able to switch away to the Windows Task Manager from Clicktoy via CTRL-ALT-DEL. The game will still be running and you can return to it at any time by selecting it from the task list or from the task bar.

When "ClickSafe" is enabled, you must PRESS AND HOLD the ESC key for THREE seconds until the "Close Book" popup appears.

Normally you need only tap the ESC key to bring it up. You then use your mouse to exit to the main menu.

The "Close Book" pop-up will disappear automatically on its own after 15 seconds or if ESC is pressed again.

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Q. Is Clicktoy educational software?

A. Clicktoy does have many qualities that can definitely be considered educational: cause and effect, memory skills, coached learning of letters and numbers on the keyboard by the caregiver, as well as stimulation of the imagination. However we consider Clicktoy primarily as an entertainment. If anything is learned it is because the parent or caregiver fully embraces the opportunity to describe, name and explain what things are and what they're doing. We made our product as innocent and free-form as possible to give an older sibling or adult the freedom to make up their own stories and "teach" whatever they feel need to be taught.

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Q. What are the minimum system requirements?

A. Minimum System Requirements:
CPU: Pentium IV 1.6GHz or AMD equivalent
OS: Windows XP or Vista
RAM: 256 MB
Video Card: Geforce 5600 or better, ATI Radeon 9600 or better, Intel X3500 or better
Sound Card: Any DirectX 9.0 compliant sound card

Recommended System Requirements:
CPU: Dual Core Pentium or AMD
OS: Windows XP or Vista
RAM: 1 GB
Video Card: Geforce 5600 or better, ATI Radeon 9600 or better, Intel X3500 or better
Sound Card: Any DirectX 9.0 compliant sound card



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Q. Is Clicktoy available in stores?

A. Currently the retail CD version of "The Meadow" is available at select Zellers in British Columbia and Alberta.

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