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The Magic School Bus (video game series)
Genres Educational
Developers Music Pen, Scholastic

The Magic School Bus is a series of educational software video games developed by Music Pen and published by Microsoft via their Microsoft Home brand. The interactive adventures are part of the larger franchise and based on The Magic School Bus book series and public television series (which originally aired on PBS).

Sega Genesis

  • Scholastic's The Magic School Bus: Space Exploration Game (1995)
    • This was the only game created on a medium other (Sega Genesis) than PC CD-ROM. The premise was for the Magic School Bus to select a destination (starting with The Moon and reaching all the way out to Pluto). The game would then follow the same format; Ms. Frizzle would take off into outer space, and the player (sd Phoebe) would have to find her. All missions consisted of flying to the planet (while taking photographs of various space objects, shooting apart meteors, and collecting "space buoys" for fuel), landing the bus on a platform successfully, traversing the planet on foot to find Ms. Frizzle, and putting together a sliding jigsaw puzzle to complete the stage.

Sega-16.com gave it 90/100, while Video Games & Computer Entertainment gave it 60/100.

Sega Pico

  • A Sega Pico title under the same name was released in 1995. The game is about going to various places (such as the time of dinosaurs, the solar system, etc.)

Portable Mobile Games

Nintendo DS

The Magic School Bus: Oceans (2011)

This game was developed by Big Blue Bubble Inc. and published by Scholastic for the Nintendo DS console.

Mobile Smartphone

Published by Scholastic and released on Android and Apple devices as "Touch and tilt" storybooks that included games.

The Magic School Bus: Dinosaurs (2010)

Described an in iterative storybook, the app included a game with "7 different levels that explores where dinosaurs lived around the world."

The Magic School Bus: Oceans (2010)

Described as an interactive storybook, this one "features 1 highly re-playable game that includes over 20 animals in which children can play to earn points for more science facts and to travel to other areas of the ocean."

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