Old CD’s: Games, Encyclopedia, Apps.

Reviews About Old Software on CD-ROM from the 1990’s

Virtual Body, The February 27, 2009

Health & Anatomy

The Virtual Body

Kids (10 & up) are the intended audience for The Virtual Body (IVI Publishing). This program is based on a Time-Life book, but it feels more like a textbook. Despite the stylish layout, the clear menus and toolbar, the extensive use of hot spots and hypertext, something is missing. You get a decent, literate text with plenty of illustrations, animations and diagrams, all of which you could find in a book. What you don’t get is the imaginative use of multimedia which could have made this program come alive. There is minimal use of video and, once you begin to explore the program, you find it’s not very deep. The Virtual Lab section is a big disappointment unless you’re excited by experiments like increasing the carbon monoxide level until an animated figure dies. Kids might enjoy dipping into this disc, and the “Browse” feature makes that easy, but they’ll want something with more depth pretty quickly.

– June 1995

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