The Magic School Bus Explores the World of Animals Platform: PC | Win95-XP Educational Game Format: DAA Size: 280 MB Packed | 530 MB Unpacked
This title in the Scholastic's Magic School Bus series takes kids on a virtual field trip to seven animal habitats around the world. Led by the unconventional Ms. Frizzle and her class of young scientists, users attempt to find missing animals and return them to their correct habitats. Along the way they enjoy multimedia reports about different animal species, learn fascinating animal facts, play games and explore the world of animals through intriguing activities. Learning abounds in this delightful program, where unusual animals literally come to life for students. Each habitat features a main screen filled with indigenous plants and animals that can be clicked-on to obtain useful factoids. A toolbox in the lower portion of the screen contains a magnifying glass to view and learn about tiny animals, a microphone for hearing animal sounds, the'bono-scope', to see animal skeletons (which can also be pieced together in the puzzle activity), and a net for identifying and capturing misplaced animals. Once captured, users specify correct habitats to rescue the animals and earn printable certificates. Habitat screens additionally offer related games and activities that are fun and informative, and a colorforms-like 'Eco-Poster' which kids decorate with animal and character stamps. When users tire of a specific location, they re-board the Magic Schoolbus. From here they can travel to a new and entirely different animal habitat, visit the back of the bus to freely explore the program's 15 games and activities, or learn fun facts presented by Weird Owl Factovitch. Also accessible from the Schoolbus is a closed-captioning option for hearing impaired students. Most kids love animals and enjoy learning about them. Add arcade-like games, an open exploration section, and a quest (for goal-oriented users), and the result is a winning program that succeeds in teaching without looking like school-work.
Filled with seemingly endless animal facts, amusing games, andinformative hands-on activities, this program is sure to please (and educate) any young animal lover.
Windows 98/2000/XP, Pentium, 16 MB RAM, 15 MB hard disk space, 4X CD-ROM, SVGA 256 color display, 16-bit sound card.