Ty Burr
January 27, 1998 AT 05:00 AM EST

From the Silicon Valley-based Purple Moon comes Rockett?s New School . If you can get past the Lip Smacker tie-ins and the annoyingly reductive box copy (“Deep friendships. Love of nature?it?s what girls are all about”), the game itself is thoughtfully addictive stuff. The player follows the new kid in school as she makes friends, deals with dilemmas, and snoops through other kids? lockers (yeah, that part gave me pause, too). You help Rockett decide how to respond to a given situation, and to the game?s credit, there often isn?t one “right” answer. To its discredit, the highest-profile black character is a stereotyped “girlfrien'” — and does the Asian kid have to be a grade-grinding chess whiz?

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