Installer for modern computers with no discs or disc images required, emulating Windows 3.1 in DOSBox. Includes the first four Magic School Bus games:
The Magic School Bus Explores the Solar System
The Magic School Bus Explores the Human Body
The Magic School Bus Explores the Ocean
The Magic School Bus Explores Inside the Earth
Windows system requirements: Windows Vista or newer, 32- or 64-bit (tested on 64-bit Windows 10). Windows download: MSB-Setup.exe
Update 10/25/21: I've just uploaded a new version of the Windows installer that will hopefully fix the issues with the old one noted in the comments (games not launching and virus false positives). Please remember that uploaders cannot reply to comments!
Macintosh system requirements: Mac OS X 10.6–10.14, 32- or 64-bit (tested on 64-bit OS 10.14); does not work on macOS 10.15 Catalina.Mac download: MSB-Mac.zip
June 19, 2022 Subject:
SFX play but music
I can get the first music track to work on both DosBox that's included with the package ANNNND via PCEM V17 with Windows 98SE ( no error message this time which is lovely) but the subsequent tracks DO NOT play after track 1.
The other games Solar and Human have no issues: It's just the latter two that have problems. This is an interesting attempt to make it work on 64 bit machines but if it's for trans gend crap only then your full of shit because ALL LIVES MATTER!!!! Boneheads.
The liberals I grew up with in the 80s once cared about ALL LIVES not just their own.
Then it throws in error when you try to save that it cannot locate the CD ROM though you can still play without saving.
Luckly the game isn't very long so saving is sort of pointless anyways. Never did need it oh and on PCEM you get a much bigger picture then DosBox.
Edit: People on here are either dumb and hopefully just ignorant or truly are monsters. I hope someday you all realize how stupid you all sound making fun of me. If you wonder why mass shootings are happening more frequently look no closer then your own attitudes.
April 30, 2022 Subject:
Did you know Little Richard sang the theme song?
UPDATE (new installer)
The new installer fixes all the problems! The game icons now work properly from the start menu in Windows 7 with no fiddling needed and the games play perfectly. The music all seems to work alright as well - the emulation even preserves the feature where you can only hear the game audio if you support trans rights, which was very forward thinking of Music Pen :)
ORIGINAL (old installer)
I had the same issue as the above review, but I found an easier way around it; launch the DOSBox application in the program directory first, and then just type the title of the game you want ('earth', 'human', etc.) at the C: command prompt, and you will be endangering children and violating health and safety laws with The Friz in less than five seconds!
Thankyou so much for uploading this, as well - the sheer joy of rediscovering these again has been a huge help during these times of lockdown. (Hopefully a way can be found to make the subsequent games work too!)
August 6, 2021 Subject:
Kaspersky detected a trojan and wouldn't let this install...needs to be reviewed.
October 17, 2020 Subject:
Windows shortcuts need fixed
In order for shortcuts to work I had to fix the 'Start In:' property for each.
To do this (in Windows 10), from Start menu pick any one shortcut;
1) Right-click on shortcut
3) Open File Location
4) A new window with all four shortcuts should appear.
5) Select first shortcut,
6) Right-click > Properties
7) In the Shortcut tab, select contents of 'Target:' and copy (CTRL-C)
eg. "C:\Users\?????\AppData\Roaming\Magic School Bus Collection\DOSBox.exe" -noconsole -c "ocean"
8) Select contents 'Start in:' and remove them
9) Paste (CTRL-V)
10) Remove everything after the initial path to DOSBox.exe
eg. "C:\Users\?????\AppData\Roaming\Magic School Bus Collection\DOSBox.exe"
11) And remove DOSBox.exe (but keep the closing double-quote)
eg. "C:\Users\?????\AppData\Roaming\Magic School Bus Collection\"
12) Click Ok button at bottom to save changes
13) Repeat step 6-12 for the 3 remaining shortcuts.
Now try clicking on shortcut(s) again and this time game should load.
Once got past the above hurdle the games worked flawlessly for me!
Wonderful to revisit games I loved as a kid over 2 decades later with my own children!