Well, I guess it’s time for another boring brutalmoose video. I’m gonna sit here and talk about a computer game again… It’s all I ever seem to do anymore. *honk honk* Field trip. Did you guys hear that? It’s time for a field trip! Field trip time, guys! Oh my god, you guys, did you hear about the field trip? Sorry, did someone say somethin’ about a field trip? * Seatbelts, everyone! * * Please let this be a normal field trip.* * With the Friz? No way! * The Magic School Bus needs no introduction, right? Part of me wants to say only 90 kids remember Ms. Frizzle and the gang, but that sounds statistically impossible! It’s gotta be more people than that! The beloved book series turned beloved TV series, was also made into some, nnngehh? Beloved-ish CD-ROM games. I think these games bring back a lot of computer lab memories for a lot of people. But I doubt anyone would argue they’re as good as the show. I’ve already covered the one Magic School bus game that I remember playing when I was younger, “Explores the Human Body” But, I came across “Explores in the Age of Dinosaurs” At a thrift store for 25 cents, and, well that’s more than enough reason for me to check it out! The game opens with the classic, catchy theme song, and an animated intro! I think the 3-d effects were pretty cool, but the 2-d animation leaves a little bit to be desired. They all look kind of like knock-off versions of themselves, and you can often count the number of frames of animation on a single hand. *honk honk* *honk honk* “The Magic School Bus Explores in the Age of Dinosaurs” is based off the book “In the Time of the Dinosaurs” and the TV episode “The Busasaurus”. *did someone say DINOS? I’d love to draw a real live DINO.* Why indeed I did say dinos, Tim! The class all seems to be in a very pre-history type of mood today, so, let’s just get on with the dinos already! *Good morning class! Today we’re not just going somewhere, we’re going someWHEN!* Oh, Ms. Frizzle. You sure are looking… Different today. *-you’re ready to go!* Before we take off to the past, we first have to make our bus driver’s licence. or should I say, dino license- *did someone say DINOS?* This is a staple of the Magic School Bus games, Designing your wacky license. There are tempting options a-plenty, but I eventually settled on a creation I call- Spongehead von Watermellonose McZipteeth. *GeyeeyeeyeeyeeyeeyeeYEE!* Uhm, ok then? Let’s get going. Gotta print our licence out and we’re on our way to a *Time way way way back in the day So now he’s Phil, Phil of the future* These bus-transformation sequences are really cool, but they tend to drag on a bit too long in my opinion. Some of them go on for over a minute, it’s a little excessive. *Thank you for flying Frizzle Air. And we hope you enjoy your stay 70 million years ago in Cretaceous Alberta. Watch the predators please, and have a good day. Buh-bye!* Welcome to scenic Cretaceous Alberta. A few of the students are sitting around, hiding in the bushes, hanging out with dinos, Ms. Frizzle is scaling the cliff here, she just, keeps going back and forth, that looks kind of tiring. and i feel l’d actually maybe be learning a thing or two about dinosaurs- -if I could understand what anybody was saying. *That Ornithomimus looks like an Ostrich!* *More like an ostrich forgot to put her- *BLEGHH* -On this morning!* *badum tiss* What? *Make some tunes with a Triceratops in dino quartet!* Dino quartet is a fun-sized fun-tivity in which you select a series of dinosaurs who each bellow their own unique prehistoric call *roar* Stitch them together, throw in some background music, and you’ve got the next chart topper on the hot 100. *Did someone say DINOS?* Next we’re headed to Jurassic Colorado, which is, located in Minnesota for some reason. *Attention Jurassic shoppers. Have we got a bargain for you! Here, in Colorado, you’ll find a bluelight special on Stegosaurus, Sauropods, and any kind of cycad!* Oh, now this is a much nicer screen! Look at that beautiful rainbow, the lush greenery, the Dead and lifeless body of Ms. Frizzle and SNAKE! You can click around on the screen to hear various comments about dinosaurs *Shake that tail, Steggy!* *smexy music* oh WOOOW. But the main attraction of these locations is probably the minigame. *Help a Stegosaurus steer clear of danger in, Meteor Meltdown!* Meteor meltdown is a minigame where you take control of a dinosaur running up the side of an erupting volcano to get food, as meteors rain down from the sky, and if THAT wasn’t enough the floods also begin to rise in later levels. I’m not sure food would be my top priority if I were in this situation, but, hey, at least he’s not gonna die on an empty stomach. All of this chaos and natural disaster destruction translates into a game that’s, eh, it’s okay. It’s not great, but I’d play it in a classroom for a few minutes. Maybe. *(Sound of dinosaur death) Yikes!* This is pretty much the bulk of the game, various locations with a few of the students and Ms. Frizzle out and about among the dinosaurs *Actually Wanda, that’s not a dinosaur! It’s a flying reptile called, A Pterosaur!* Click on them to hear some muffled dialogue, and when you’re bored of that, check out the unique minigame that each location has! Dino Sizer is a game in which you try and guess which dinosaur is the same height as a random object. I don’t know the name of these dinosaurs, much less how big they are, is this supposed to be something that kids are gonna know? *(rolling sound affect)* *(sad sound affect)* The skeleton puzzles are probably my favorite thing in here, I like puzzles, I find satisfaction in putting things where they belong, which means I also quite enjoy “Footprints!” It’s another puzzle. This time about footprints! …Not much more I can say about it. Nest Watch is a game where you watch over your nest. You’re supposed to fight off predators who are trying to nab your babies as they hatch from their eggs. *intense amount of sound affects* This is another mini-game that earns the official Ian rating of- Eh. Not too bad, I guess. Then there’s Morph-A-Saurus. But we don’t talk about Morph-A-Saurus. *creepy music* Apparently there’s an over-arching objective in the game where you’re supposed to get pictures of dinos for Ms.Frizzle’s photo album. But if i didn’t know, or care you were supposed to do that while playing I have a hard time imagining a lot of kids setting out to complete that goal. I mean, let’s be honest. We all know the mini-games are where it’s at. Magic School Bus Explores in the Age of Dinosaurs is very much a classroom game. There’s enough content here to keep little Billy distracted during Computer Lab time, and, hey! Sometimes that’s all you can ask for As a home experience though, I just don’t really see it. Well, I guess it could probably be a big hit for some kids that were super into Magic School Bus, or were super into dinosaurs. *Humpty dino sat on a wall!* *Humpty heard a great meteor fall!* *Then scientists found Humpty’s fossils, and then?* *They put Humpty dino together again!* *meteor sound affect* What really confuses me about this game is that I feel like it looks worse than Explores the Human Body which came out two years earlier. You can argue that the dinosaur environments have more going on, and that’s fair, but the limited animation really makes the game look kinda bad. It could be my nostalgia goggles, but I assumed that the dinosaur game must’ve been one of the earliest Magic School bus games, but it’s the fifth. I mean, this came out the same year as the first Pajama Sam game, so, I’m not saying they needed that level of animation but at the time, there were games out there that looked way, way better. Nevertheless, it is still a Magic School Bus game, which means even though I didn’t play it as a kid, and it doesn’t really look super great to me now, I can pretty much guarantee that it was played in classrooms back in 1996, and that it is remembered fondly by at least a few people out there. And that’s the game! I didn’t skip any part of the game, that’s all there is to see! The video is over! Nothing to see here, move along, move along! *spooky sound effect* *Did someone say DINOS?* *You wanna see what Arnold and Wanda would like like as dinosaurs?* *I never thought I’d be enjoying this!* *Music* *Hawk call* *I knew I should’ve stayed home today…* *screaming* *My night has been the glory of a great big carnivore! He’s nasty tall and long and he’s got teeth like tiny swords.* *Take a bite with him and you might- *Hawk call* If that wasn’t enough Magic School Bus and Dinosaurs for you, click this top thumbnail here to see me play this game for over an hour. If I missed talking about your favorite part of the game in this video, it’s possible you’ll see me come across it over there.