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ZOOM The Universe According to Virgil Reality
Sold Out (Win95/98 Only!) (Jewel Case) (VIRGILRPJ)

7th Level

Children

Ages: 8 and up

Ratings:

9 out of 10 from boot

The Amazing and Sometimes Wacky Wonders of Science

Earth constantly spins, so why shouldn't your head? Join Professor Virgil Reality on a fantastic voyage from the age of dinosaurs to the heart of an atom. Laugh at man's most ridiculous inventions. Discover the wonders of science. From the far reaches of outer space to the tiny interior of a virus, Virgil puts the "YOU" in universe, and teaches you that everything is connected.

Can Your Science Book Do This?

Includes hundreds of activities such as home experiments, making paper airplanes, games, printing greeting cards and building dioramas.

Enter the world of microorganisms through Virgil's compound and electron microscopes. View earthworm intestines, brain tissue, protozoa and some cool disgusting stuff, too.

Learn about the coolest scientists the world has ever known - from Albert Einstein to Leonardo da Vinci to Thomas Edison.

Want to know more about any topic Virgil is discussing? Just access The Columbia Encyclopedia where you'll learn more facts than even your parents and teachers know.

Have you ever seen a horse roller skate? Or slept in an Alarm-O-Bed? Learn about some of the wackiest inventions ever built.

Check out dozens of exciting films and hundreds of pictures from NASA, the Centers for Disease Control, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Thomas Edison Museum and the National Archives. Don't forget your popcorn.

Requirements:

Windows: IBM or compatible 486 33MHz or greater with minimum 8 MB of RAM (486 66 MHz recommended), 256 color display, mouse and CD-ROM drive. MPC compatible sound card and amplified speakers. Windows 3.1 or Windows 95/98.

Runs on Windows XP but the database portion of the products does not work. Thus we say that it does not work on Windows XP.

Reviews:

boot, February 1997

"Virgil Reality is a thoroughly engaging trip through the world of science, combining an interactive laboratory and an encyclopedic science library in a madcap format that will appeal to kids and parents alike.

"You're guided through this animated universe by Professor Virgil Reality (voiced convincingly by Charles Fleischer) who explains, educates, and encourages scientific experimentation. Along the way, view historic film footage from the National Archives and NASA, or check out wacky inventions such as the Police Hooking Car and Alarm-O-Bed. Browse biographies of famous inventors, such as Enrico Fermi (the Manhattan Project) and Ada Lovelace (the world's first computer programmer); perform simple experiments to discover basic scientific principles; or view slides on an electron microscope.

"Virgil Reality's animation and production values are top notch, (including the catch 'Biology Song' co-written by Fleischer and Scott Page, the former saxophonist for Pink Floyd).

"If life were a science fair, Virgil Reality would win the blue ribbon for sure."



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