Knowledge Adventure's 3D Body Adventure

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See also:
Parent's, Teacher's, and Kid's Reviews and the
Comparative Ratings Table for Anatomy Software

Reviewed on:
Pentium PC w/8Mb and 2XCD

Ease of Use
Installation of the CD was relatively straight-forward for a PC -- not something you'd want your five year-old trying for the first time, but without any major gotchas. Initial use, however, was somewhat more challenging, especially if you tried to do it as most users do (i.e. without opening the manual). The principal intuitive challenges were (1) to figure out how to rotate the skeleton and simultaneously select the body system you were interested in, and (2) to determine what the different boxes were for in the Theater. A somewhat less difficult problem was how to use the 3D glasses that came with the software. We decided the best way to solve that problem was to carefully fold them and return them to the box.

Balance of Fun and Education
Body Adventure has some really great graphics. The computer generated fly-bys and fly-throughs of 16 different body parts or systems are absolutely great, as is the ability to manipulate certain body parts in the imaging gallery. And to the extent the body part you were interested in was covered, the software was clearly educational. Is it fun? Our kid reviewers thought so, in spite of some parent and teacher concerns about limited breadth and the resulting repetitiveness of a child's experience.

3D Body Adventure is a neat program for middle-aged children (10 to 15) who you would like to interest in human anatomy. Although not broad enough to be a reference tool or guide, it does an exceptional job at presenting a tantalizing picture of the construction of the human body.

KA's 3D Body
Ease of Install * * *
Ease of Use * * *
Manual Utility * * *
Technical Support n/a
Fun Factor * * * *
Educational Value * * *

See also:
Parent's, Teacher's, and Kid's Reviews and the
Ratings Table for Anatomy Software

System Requirements >

<DD>486, MPC CD-ROM, sound card, mouse, 7 MB available on hard drive, 520 kb RAM, color VGA or SVGA monitor, DOS 3.1 or higher</DD>
<DD>This is a PC-only title.</DD>

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