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This game takes place in the fictional world of Busytown, originally created by author/illustrator Richard Scarry for his educational picture books. Busytown is populated by cartoonish animals many of whom have typical and specific jobs in Busytown: policeman, fireman, schoolteacher, etc.

Huckle Cat and his friend Lowly Worm star in this point and click game, often taking the place of the cursor during game play. From the main page - the town map - the player can select any location in the Busytown neighborhood to participate in an activity appropriate for that location. These include:
  • The See-Saw - balance characters on a see-saw according to the numbers they are labeled with; an 8 on one end and a 5 and 3 on the other, for instance

  • The Fire Station - follow the instructions and a star-shaped "gleam" to load the fire truck, then put out a house fire

  • Bruno's Deli - find and serve the food each customer is asking for

  • Building a House - lay bricks and shingles and put other items into place at this construction site

  • Mr. Fixit - help Mr. Fixit build his latest invention by placing parts on his machine

  • The Delivery Truck - drive around Busytown delivering specific items, avoiding road construction and garbage cans

  • Dr. Diane - help Dr. Diane treat Norbert the Elephant's many ailments by placing bandaids and bandages on the named body parts

  • BusyTunes - play the jingles and songs and watch animation from each neighborhood location on the jukebox
The educational focus of Richard Scarry's Busytown is primarily on reading, as words for many objects in the game are given whether or not the activity on screen actually involves reading. Other early childhood skills covered are counting, shapes, adding and subtracting and following directions.


Richard Scarry's Busytown Windows Huckle Cat serves up the requested food via a mechanical hand.
Richard Scarry's Busytown Windows Connecting the big appliances.
Richard Scarry's Busytown Windows Working on Mr. Fixit's beverage dispenser.
Richard Scarry's Busytown Windows Running over a garbage can (It was in the street, Officer!) immediately brings a policeman to the scene with a warning.

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