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ABC World Reference/Creative Wonders/Electronic Arts
4 1/2 stars from CD-ROM Today - Critic's Choice
A Global Exploration of the Animal Kingdom
Wide World of Animals is the only multimedia product that features over 700 species and illuminates the relationship between animals and the planet. Identify and map animal habitats on the globe. Bring the untamed animal kingdom alive as you enter 360 degree panoramic environments that feature the sights and sounds of the animal world. Captivating video stories document animal behavior and put you face to face with cheetahs, crocodiles, toucans and other exotic creatures. You'll zoom in and out of nine 3D spinning globes and journey through the taxonomy tree to understand how animals relate to their planet and to one another. Stunning photographs and time-lapse animation sequences are made more meaningful by in-depth animal statistics and information that can be printed for reports. Designed for all ages, Wide World of Animals is a fascinating reference tool for home and school.
3D Globes. Overlay the world with an animal's distribution to see the impact terrain and natural forces such as ocean currents, climate, wind and precipitation have on animal life.
Video Stories. Full-screen documentaries will enlighten and amaze with their up-close, naturalist's view of animal behavior, including parenting, cooperation and competition.
Animal Trivia Game. Have fun learning about animals as you test your knowledge in this challenging trivia game the whole family will enjoy.
Bioramas. Dive into over a dozen photo-realistic environments that depict a seamless 360 degree view of different ecological settings, complete with natural sounds. From the polar ice caps to the tropical rain forest, you'll see and hear the animals that inhabit them.
Data Cards. Detailed information about each animal, complemented by hundreds of beautiful photographs and movies of animals in their natural setting. Links to closely related species and topics put learning in context.
Time-lapse Exhibits. Explore migration patterns, continental drift and evolution to understand the impact of time and other natural forces on animal life.
Requirements: Macintosh - 68030 or PowerPC, 8MB of RAM, double-speed drive, System 7.0, 640x480, 256 colors.
CD-ROM Today, June 1996
"Plenty of multimedia atlases examine the physical features of Earth, and dozens of other CD-ROMs wade deep into the animal kingdom. Creative Wonders' Wide World of Animals combines both approaches to offer a unique analysis of the relationship between the planet and more than 700 species of its wildlife."
"Documentary videos focus on animal behavior, such as parenting, adaptation, camouflage, commuincation, and cooperation; others examine environments, homes and nests, locomotion, and parenting. Creative Wonders recommends Wide World of Animals for all ages, but parents with young children should know that several clips (particularly in the competition and food-finding categories) are quite graphic.
"The disc also features a series of time-lapse photography effects. Some demonstrate how animals, such as the African elephant have evolved over millions of years; others display animal migration patterns.
"Wide World of Animals uses political and physical maps (similar to those in Creative Wonders' 3D Atlas) to demonstrate the relationships between animals and their environments. The maps allow you to study wind patterns, terrain, ocean currents, precipitation, and temperature ranges. Human population, agriculture, and pollution statistics highlight the impact Homo sapiens have had on the rest of Earth's inhabitants."
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