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ADAM: The Inside Story

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

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

Content and Methodology
ADAM: The Inside Story has 2 major sections: a highly configurable anatomical drawing, and a folksy storybook. The anatomical drawings are excellent. The user has a choice of sexes, races, anterior and posterior views, and torso or full body. After these choices are made, the user then can choose from 12 different body systems, ranging from the cardiovascular to the urinary. Body parts within each of these systems can then be shown with or without labels, or click to identify. These selections are made from a combination of buttons and pull-down menus.

The user can also choose to go into the "family scrapbook," a lightweight textbook, complete with a pair of storytellers who joke with each other. Our reviewers found this to be a little too silly at times, preferring a more straightforward approach. While in the scrapbook, the user also has access to a large number of animations. These are generally very well done, and really distinguish ADAM from the other titles reviewed in this category. (The user can also randomly access these animations while in the anatomy drawing section of the program.)

Best for...
ADAM offers a lot of information about the human body, and its processes. Although clearly not a game, its clever use of animation and audio will be captivating for children with an interest in science in general, and human anatomy specifically. Young students who haven't previously displayed an interest in reading about science or medicine are much less likely to find this an interesting title.

Inside Story
Educational Content * * * * *
Methodology * * *
Age Appropriate * * *
Management Tools n/a
Classroom Value * * * *
Home Value * * * * *

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

System Requirements
386/33 min, 486 or higher recommended, Windows 3.1 or higher, 4MB RAM min, 8MB recommended, 5MB hard disk space, 256 color SVGA monitor, 2X CD-ROM, MPC-compatible sound card

68030/16 or higher, or PowerMac in native mode, System 7, 8MB RAM, 5MB hard disk space, 9 inch or larger monitor, 256 color display, 2X CD-ROM

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