Magic School Bus
My experience with The Magic School Bus as a kid is a bit of a weird one. I was probably too old for it when it first aired, but where I lived it was followed by the awesome X-Men animated series so I would have to sit through it to get to X-Men. Still, it had some charm and I will admit that I did learn a thing or two from it. Now I am older, it is kind of cool how my son watches the reboot on Netflix. Enough of my life story, lets get to the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive game that was released to go along with the show.
Let’s Ride The Magic School Bus!
The full title of this game is actually, Scholastic's The Magic School Bus: Space Exploration Game which is one heck of a mouth full! One thing I have to say about this game is that they captured the feel of the TV show very well. It features all of the kids, Miss Frizzle her weird lizard thing, and so on. This game as you have probably guessed is all themed around outer space and despite the fact it is a “game” it manages to be educational and not boring which is cool.
Driving A Bus In Outer Space
The game is themed around you going from planet to planet in our solar system. You start off by flying the Magic School Bus in a kind of the first-person point of view. You control a crosshair on the screen and you need to avoid the asteroids that are coming your way. I have to say this is done very, very well and if I had played this back in 1995, I would have been very impressed with how this simulates 3D. Once you make it to the planet, you get to play as one of the kids. You need to make it to Miss Frizzle in a strange platforming section, get asked to solve a sliding puzzle, do a matching type game, and then you move onto the next planet. You do have other things that you will be doing such as a shooting section that is kind of like asteroids and landing a lunar lander so there is more variety here than you may think.
Am I Watching The TV Show?
Ok so saying that Scholastic's The Magic School Bus: Space Exploration Game is just like the TV show in terms of its presentation is going way too far. But at the same time, things here are very recognizable if you have seen the show. The first-person bus flying sections are done very well and the part where you need to land the bus has a cool 3D model of the bus that spins. It may not look like much at first glance, but the game captures the look of the show pretty well.
The soundtrack is actually pretty decent too! The game sounds like an old arcade game with its beeps and bops and that is something I like. The music is not bad either with many songs sounding like they are from the TV show.
I know it sounds crazy, but I would have to say that The Magic School Bus for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis is a fairly decent game! It manages to teach you a thing or two about our solar system which is great, but it is also a game that is pretty fun to play. It was released in 1995, during the dying days of the Mega Drive/Genesis so with the PlayStation and Saturn on the scene no one really gave this the time of day. I say give it a go; you might be surprised at just how much fun it is.
- The game actually teaches you about the solar system
- Even though it is educational the game is still fun
- It captures the feel of the show pretty well
- There is a decent amount of variety to the gameplay
- I liked the music and sound effects
- Once you beat it once, there is no much replay value
- Sadly it is a game most people will completely overlook
Processor: PC compatible, P-200
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode