Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Virtual Safari

1998 Software
Ages: 8 - 9 yrs.
Price: $39.95
Not to worry: No guns find their way onto this fun and friendly safari. It’s strictly a virtual photojournalism adventure in which kids explore the African Savannah and “photograph” some of the hundreds of animals that appear out of the brush, from the river side, or from the treetops—almost as naturally as in real life. All of the wildlife appears on-screen as stunning, full-color, 3-D, video images from the TV series “Survival.” All of the animals react to the player’s intrusion as they might in nature, with birds flying off suddenly, big cats prowling suspiciously, rhinos charging when threatened. The safari guide is “The Colonel” who adds a colloquial story-telling touch to the experience and steers players right when advice is needed. Additionally, the program packs information on more than 100 animals in its wildlife encyclopedia. It’s a roarin’ good time for kids who love nature.
Don Oldenburg   ©1998 Parents' Choice
A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of "The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion" (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

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