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Virtual Safari

Fujitsu Interactive

10 to 14

Rating Scale
5 = great,    1 = poor
Educational Value
4.0
Kid Appeal
4.0
Ease of Use
2.5

Virtual Safari Screen Shot System Requirements

PC / Mac Price Survey

Product Support

Although not recommended for those prone to motion sickness, Virtual Safari is filled withinteresting animal facts, fun to explore 3D environments, and an impressive array of reactive ‘virtual’ animals. Users travel to “Three Trees Lodge” where they will join the Colonel, their guide, as the photographer on a virtual safari. Users drive a Land Rover into the African wild where they encounter and attempt to photograph animals in their natural habitats.

Educational Value
Before embarkation, the user must explore the Lodge, and resources needed for the trip must be collected. In the Lodge are rooms for viewing live-action animal films and slide-shows, journals containing animal information gleaned from the Survival Magazine library, and even an ‘eat me’ pill that enables users to shrink to the size of an insect and explore from a different perspective.

Kid Appeal
Navigation concerns aside, Virtual Safari includes plenty of action, information and authenticsights and sounds to intrigue and enthuse young animal lovers.

Ease of Use / Install
Virtual Safari installed without difficulty on our reviewers' Windows95 test machines. Movement in this program is very difficult, and frustrated even our older-child and adult reviewers.Users begin with the right mouse button depressed in the middle of the screen, and then drag tomove around in any direction. As the cursor is moved farther from its original, central location,speed increases. This technique is incredibly hard to control, and slight variances can haveenormous results. Beginning users found themselves spinning in the room, crashing into wallsand over-shooting doorways. As one parent reviewer put it: "My daughter and I worked on theprogram for an hour and ended up with whopping headaches and upset-stomachs. At thisdifficulty level, I don’t think many kids would stick with it, even if it is interesting." Similarly, ateacher-reviewer commented, "I encouraged my students to experiment with the program, but ittakes such precise control--the kind most young students don’t have. . ."

See SuperKids' comparisons with other Social Studies software titles, and the Buyers Guide for current market prices of this PC-only program.

System Requirements
PC: Windows95 486DX2/66 or faster 82 MB hard drive space, 16 MB RAM , SVGA 256-color 640x480 graphics, 2X CD-ROM, Sound Blaster 16 compatible sound card .

Reviewed on:

  • Pentium166 with 16MB and 12XCD
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