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This newest 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.
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.
"The activities in the back of the bus are the best!" was one SuperKids tester's comment. Particular hits included the Adapt-o-Matic where animals are relocated and adaptations observed, 'Scat Sound Track' where kids match animal scat, sounds and tracks with the correct animals, and 'Swamp Things' which asks users to help Arnold (a frog-kid) avoid snapping turtles as he lunches on flies.
PC: Windows 95 or later, or Windows NT Workstation 4.0 or later, Multimedia PC with a Pentium or higher processor, 15 MB hard drive space (220 MB recommended), 16 MB RAM, Super VGA, 256-color monitor, Quad-speed or faster CD-ROM, 16-bit Windows-compatible sound card.return to top of page
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