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The Magic Roundabout is a single player, mouse controlled game for children based on the television series broadcast by the BBC between 1965 and 1977.

Zebedee is going to teach Dougal, the dog, a lesson about not being greedy and ego-centric. He invents 'A Day Of Special Friendship' with the grand prize of a cornucopia - otherwise known of the horn of plenty. Everyone decides to do something special for the big day and, as the prize is for the most helpful, Dougal decides to help everyone in their activities.
So the game begins, the player controls Dougal who is led around the 3D world by the mouse. As the player explores the world they must search for hidden objects in bushes and among flowers, dustbins, under sacks and cushions, in plant pots and so-on. These locations can only be searched once and are identified by the cursor turning into a magnifying glass. To search a location the player must mimic the mouse movements shown by a small animation in the lower right of the screen. Partway through the game there is a treasure monitor for Dougal to discover, this tells the player whether there is anything hidden in the current location thus preventing needless searching.

The game consists of finding these characters and helping them:
  • The Train: Poor thing does not work so Dougal must find three missing gears
  • Mr. Rusty: The Magic Roundabout does not work because Mr Rusty has lost the key. Dougal must find three missing key parts
  • Florence: Her activity for the big day is to make bunches of pretty flowers so Dougal helps her grow them. Digging holes to plant seeds is accomplished by the copying the animated mouse in the same way as Dougal searches for objects.
    In Florence's second activity Dougal must search her garden for missing flower pots, this is a timed puzzle.
    Finally, there is a two part mini game where Dougal helps Florence bake a cake.
  • Brian the Snail: The first activity here is, surprisingly, a shooter. Brian has left a box of balloons open and they have escaped, Dougal's task is to pop them with his peashooter.
    The second activity is to find Brian's cake which Zebedee has hidden. For this Dougal's sense of smell is crucial. The scent of the cake appears as little purple puffs and Dougal must be moved quickly from one to another until the cake is found.
    Finally Dougal must search Brian's house for lost books.
  • Ermintrude the Cow: In the first mini game the player must pick Ermintrude's flowers as they grow in her garden, they only appear for a short while and then wither and die so the player must be fast with their mouse.
    The second game is another shooter. Caterpillars have invaded the garden and once again Dougal puts his trusty pea shooter to good use to chase them away.
    The final game is another timed search, this time for Ermintrude's lost flowers.
  • Dylan the Rabbit: Dylan is going to organise a race and provide music for the big day but he needs a conductor to rehearse the band. In the first mini game Dougal conducts the musicians by again mimicking the mouse movements indicated by the game. The second activity is a three lap race to help Dylan train and the final activity is a timed search to find Dylan's carrots
The main menu allows three separate games to be played at the same time, these are designated by Dougal's bones which change colour when a game is in progress. When finished a completed game can be deleted so that it's slot/bone can be re-used. There are also bonuses which are unlocked by playing the main game, these include pictures of the characters, a 'hide and seek' game and videos.

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The Magic Roundabout Windows Ermintrude's flowers: Dougal must pick the flowers before they disappear. The mini map shows the flowers that have been picked. This is a tricky game as flowers can appear out of view
The Magic Roundabout Windows Dougal has searched the flower pot and has found a star. Six or so stars unlocks a postcard, these are viewed from the main menu
The Magic Roundabout Windows This is the load screen. The player sees a lot of this. The game saves as it transitions between areas then displays this as the next area loads. This even precedes the start menu.
The Magic Roundabout Windows Found a key inside Dylan's house. It is possible to enter a few houses and the viewpoint is similar in each, it's as though the player is peering over walls.

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piltdown_man (138874) added The Magic Roundabout (Windows) on Jul 10, 2015