This is educational software that takes you into the world of machines, inventions, and the inventors.
There are over 150 machines and inventors as far back as 7,000 BC. Your in game guide is a Mammoth that gives you the tour. This CD-ROM contains a lot for you to explore: over 1,500 screens, 1,000 illustrations, 300 animations, 60 minutes of audio, and over 70,000 words.
“The Way Things Work” started as a nonfiction book by David Macaulay in 1988, with technical text by Neil Ardley. The book covered topics such as machines, science, levers, gears, radio telescopes, transmissions, and more. The book was updated in 1998 as “The New Way Things Work” with more modern technology such as microchips, digital machinery, jackhammers, digital cameras and much more.
This box still has the Zany Brainy store price sticker for $29.99.
PC: Windows 3.1-98, 486DX/33+, 8-16MB ram, 640×480//256 colors, 2x CD-ROM, 8MB HDD, 8-bit sound.
MAC: System 7.0+, 68LC040 25MHz, 8MB ram, 640×480/256 colors, 2x CD-ROM, 8MB HDD, 8-bit sound.
You can play this game online here: https://classicreload.com/win3x-the-way-things-work.html