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  1. Some extra info! (and I'll edit this as we get more):
    As predicted, we found the codes! And they're not exactly encoding the parameters, but seem to call up an assortment of pre-set games. The manual helps you figure out what code you'll need based on how many questions you want and the type of game, and then it tells you which spots to use on the card. It's both simpler and more complex than it seems!
    On that note, I didn't call out that on the box it says "Compatible with all GeoSafari game packs" which suggests this literally is the same thing as the original geography game, but yellow. And honestly that's a nice selling point, as when your kids are older now they've got a geography game!
    As you can tell, I like this thing. It's neat.

  2. This reminds me of a mid-to-late 90s toy I had as a kid – I've searched high and low for some hint of this toy's existence for years to no avail so I don't remember what it was called. It actually was made (and branded) by National Geographic and was designed to teach about animals. Like GeoSafari, it was made from yellow plastic. It was shaped a bit like a small boom box, with a flat slot on the front with lines of buttons on each side, and a holder full of cards on the back. I think each card was double-sided, and featured a picture of an animal – and its name. Along the sides were topics – "Habitat," "Size and Weight" things like that, and along the bottom edges were different patterns of punched holes, like old computer programming cards from the 80s and earlier. When you slid a card into the front slot, the buttons lined up with the topics. The machine would yell "Listen to my animals!" then say the name of the animal, and play the sound the animal made. Then you could push the buttons along the sides of the slot to learn facts about the animal coordinating with the topics. This is all really hard to describe in text, but I think the way it worked was probably basically the same as the GeoSafari, but with computer punch cards rather than digital codes. I loved it, and it would still groan "Liiiisstennnn to mmmmmyy animmmmallllllls" unprompted from my closet for many years, despite being turned off.

  3. TOTALLY played both the full size and the JR in elementary school!! I remember soooo many map based ones and dude, those sound effects literally trigger soooo many memories!!! I craaaaaaved winning and getting those reward LEDs n extra music Sooo crazy! I really did these so much, I loved them! Like once a month at least I remember a WW Carmen SanDiego one too!

  4. Eee I remember when Green LEDs becoming affordable on pocket money was a thing – and I always wanted a blue one!

    I never did get a blue LED with a blue case which makes me sad.

    But oh for the good old days of ingenuity!

  5. When I was a kid, we had something very similar, but it was gray and also had two large buttons on each side for Jeopardy-style two player "slap the button first to answer" games. The thing I remember most about it, though, was that you did not have to enter the code for the card you used. Instead, at the base of the card, which slid into the device, were a series of holes which the device somehow read.

  6. I love it!

    There was a similar game in my country in the late 80s, early 90s, the design and the games were little bit more modern (the game itself had the shape of a small computer or calculator, and the games came in books you could buy separately. There were even some Disney themed ones.) It also had some other types of games inside like a memory game for musical notes, but I guess the general mechanism was probably the same.

    I never had one thou, it was kinda of expensive.

  7. Several months tardy to the party but been binge watching this channel and was like “we had one of those in our classroom” accept ours only had maps with it, tbh idk it could have been maps they made and had laminated custom I really don’t know if tit came with those maps if they ordered those maps or what

  8. Wow, I remember mine. It was the white one with the maps cards. I remember loosing them about age 6/7. Age 8/9 I ripped mine apart for the LEDs (goldmine!) and speaker. Goal was IIRC for VU meters lol

  9. Im glad the future you figured that out because the present me was talking to the screen to past you letting know when the pasr me lernt it wont on no JR it was on the OG and it was all about places you could go!!!!

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