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Frankie, the Jump Start dog, announces registration for an Animal Habitat Contest, a magazine contest that requires you to travel all around the globe, photographing wildlife and learning about many different kinds of animals in their ecosystems. After you register, you enter the All-Over-Rover, a special exploration vehicle that can travel anywhere, including under the ocean. The interior of the vehicle serves as your home page – inside, you’ll find:
  • Level buttons; change your difficulty level
  • Volume control
  • Your Sticker Book; as you complete the pages and activities for each habitat you earn points which can be traded in for stickers
  • Your Progress Report, to keep track of what you’ve covered
  • Book of Arts & Crafts pages, which you earn as you complete the activities and mini-games on the contest sheets
  • Habitat sheets to print out
  • The Map, with icons to click on to visit the habitats
  • And the Exit door
The habitats you’ll visit correspond to places on three continents – in North America you’ll find the Temperate Forest and the Tide Pools; in South America is the Tropical Rain Forest, and in Africa there’s the Savanna Grasslands. Each location is full of animals, all of them ready to tell you something about themselves. Some have mini-games, which usually involve some aspect of the animal’s real life, such as a deer fighting over territory, a beaver building it’s lodge, or a leaf-cutter ant gathering leaves and carrying them back to it’s home. Some animals perform in their own music videos; a brown bat (Batney Ears!) sings “Echolocation” and the Crab-O-Matics sing and perform "Regeneration"...

Most actions are accomplished using the mouse, but some mini-games require you to use keyboard keys such as the spacebar or arrows for special actions.

After you’ve finished all the contest sheets you can play the Animal Smarts Game, alone or with another player; see who can be first to match a picture or words to the pictures/words that move quickly across the screen. There are also a lot of printable pages in this game; besides the arts and crafts pages, you can print out your progress report or lyrics to the game's songs as well as the certificate you receive naming you an official Jump Start Animal Habitat Explorer.


JumpStart Animal Adventures Windows Just one of several craft pages you can earn
JumpStart Animal Adventures Windows Inside the All-Over-Rover is your home screen
JumpStart Animal Adventures Windows Learning about the ant colony by experiencing life underground
JumpStart Animal Adventures Windows A printable progress report

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Alternate Titles

  • "JumpAhead: Frankie - Animal Adventures" -- UK title

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SuperKids Windows 2002 4.5 out of 5 90
Review Corner Windows May, 2002 7.5 out of 10 75
7Wolf Magazine Windows May 27, 2002 7.3 out of 10 73
Tech with Kids (Computing with Kids) Windows Apr 23, 2002 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50


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