Title: San Diego Presents The Animals!
Overall Rating: A-
Source: The Software Toolworks, Inc. 1-415-883-3000
Playing Time: 3.5 hours
Date: 1992-1993
Cost: 39.95
Number of Players: 1
Special Equipment/Facilities Needed: CD-ROM
Subject Area: Science, Grades 6-12

Objectives: This program was designed to introduce the viewer to the San Diego Zoo. Over 200 mammals, birds and reptiles are represented to inform the viewer of their mating, nourishment and behavior habits.

Brief Description: . An overview is provided that must be looked at prior to continuing the program. Over 80 video clips, 1300 color photographs, 2.5 hours of audio and 2500 pages of animal and habitat description and scientific are featured in this program. The viewer is taken on tour of the San Diego Zoo. There is a main menu that consists of a map of the zoo, both from the ground and aerial. An alphabetical listing allows the viewer easy access to any mammal, bird or reptile residing in the zoo

Entry Capabilities Required: Sixth grade Reading ability.

Rating: (1-5)
Relevance to objectives: 5
Provides practice of relevant skills: 5
Likely to arouse/maintain interest: 4 (this program is just like going to the zoo)
Likely to be comprehended clearly: 4
Technical quality (durable, attractive): 5
Game: Winning dependent on player actions (rather than chance): No games are included
Simulation: Validity of game model (realistic, accurate depiction): see above
Evidence of effectiveness (e.g. field-test results): see above
Clear directions for play: 5 (As long as the overview is reviewed prior to "entering" the zoo.)
Effectiveness of debriefing: 3 (there is no way for the viewer to keep track of what animals they have seen or missed)
Strong Points: Easy to follow directions. The audio is fantastic, both the animal sounds and the guide who takes you on your tour.
Weak Points: The only weak point is the fact there isnít a check off list for the viewer to be certain of observing all the mammals, birds and reptiles)

Reviewer: Lisa Parker
Position: Graduate Student
Date: Spring 1999
Computer System Reviewed on: Macintosh Power Mac G3233, 64mb ram.