It's a bug-eat-bug world in our new interactive game
We've been quiet lately, but it's not for lack of something exciting to share with you.
We have a new product... and it's a departure from our insect traps and attractants. It's a way you can play with bugs and get your hands dirty -- virtually speaking -- no matter what season it is or what the weather is like outside.
At RESCUE!, we know that not all bugs are "icky", or pestiferous, or dangerous. Some insects can actually be our allies. This is one of the inherent messages of BugfarmTM, our new interactive DVD-ROM game for ages 7+. It's designed to be a true-to-life simulation of both real vegetable gardening and the use of beneficial insects.
BugfarmTM teaches children about science and nature in a format that sustains their attention. The game is a great introduction to entomology, and our hope is that it could also spark interest in growing a real vegetable garden.
In the game, players are able to:
- Choose vegetable crops to plant in their virtual garden
- Raise their own army of beneficial Spined Soldier Bugs in a virtual bug farm
- Deploy Soldier Bugs to protect their garden
- Play the role of a Soldier Bug in a 3D garden environment and hunt down pests
- Maintain their plants with nutrients, water and fertilizer to help them grow
- Learn about the effects of both pest damage and pesticide use on plants
- Earn blue ribbons for their prizewinning vegetables
Experiments and informative videos are included on the DVD to round out the educational experience.
BugfarmTM features groundbreaking graphics and animation. You can see each vein on a tomato plant leaf, each stripe on a cabbage looper, and each eye on a potato. The bugs can walk on the underside of a leaf, just like they do in real life. You can watch a demo here on our website.
BugfarmTM is available online from us for only $24.95, and provides many opportunities for different levels of games and different players. In fact, a single copy of BugfarmTM allows an entire classroom of students to each play their own game and compete against each other.
You can go to www.bugfarm.com to learn more about this new educational game. Hmmm... Christmas is coming... perhaps a child you know would like to receive this as a gift? (Hint! Hint!)
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