The little speech, "Zug the Megasaurus presents the Dinosaur Discovery Kit," begins one of the cutest dinosaur programs around. Designed to entertain and educate the preschool and kindergarten set, Dinosaur Discovery is a careful combination of speech, attractive graphics, and simple layout.
From the main menu, Dinosaur Discovery Kit provides access to three different kinds of activities, each one carefully designed to appeal to the most demanding three- to eight-year-old child. Large boxes contain names and icons for the Coloring Book, Dinosaur Match, Story Maker, and Quit options. Zug appears dressed in different outfits each time the menu comes up. There is a help menu that includes several useful control options, including volume, printer access, and the ability to personalize the program with your child's name.
Zug's coloring book features accurate drawings of six different dinosaurs, each in an appropriate environment. There is just enough detail to keep preschoolers entertained without overtaxing their attention span. As each picture is completed, Zug randomly states one of several amazing facts about that particular type of dinosaur. Pictures can be printed at any time, a useful feature if your children would rather do their own coloring or want to keep a record of their work.
Dinosaur Match is a well-constructed version of a traditional memory game that offers enough variety to satisfy a wide range of age groups. Younger users will want to play by themselves with large cards and real dinosaurs, or they may try their ability in a contest against Silly Zug. Older kids might challenge Very Smart Zug to an 18-card game of Dinosaur shadows. If you can beat Zug, he'll present you with an award. The game is advertised as ages 3 to 8.