Monster School Bus

This game is only playable on platforms that support Adobe Flash and is not supported on mobile devices.

Make sure not to divide up groups: monsters don't like that. Also, there's something odd about the neighborhood... Monster School Bus addresses Common Core standards related to numbers and operations as the process standard.

Monster School Bus Overview

Monster School Bus screenshot introduction

The goal of Monster School Bus is to fill up the bus with kids in each neighborhood and to deliver as many full busloads of students to the school as possible.

Monster School Bus screenshot

To drive the school bus, players use the arrow keys on the computer keyboard to move up and down, left and right. The player must decide the best route to take to pick up each load of kids.

Monster School Bus screenshot of map and using arrow keys

Players must drop off full busloads of kids to achieve a perfect score. The trick is that each neighborhood has differently sized kids. The neighborhood shown here is inhabited by “slime kids,” who come in all sizes (decimals). The graphic of the bus at the bottom of the screen dynamically shows how many seats are filled and whether there’s a full load.

Monster School Bus screenshot of map using arrow keys

When players deliver a full load to school, flasks of green potion appear on the road. Smash as many green flasks as possible before they disappear! Each time the bus runs over a flask, a building in the neighborhood transforms into its “Rocked-Out” version.

Accessibility Review

In this game, the player will be challenged to add decimals, whole numbers, and fractions to fill their bus to its maximum capacity. Additionally, the player will also be tasked with collecting a plethora of magic potions which give a more monster-like appearance to the town, while increasing the bus driver star rating. Although Monster School Bus provides a fun learning experience, it lacks some desired accessibility features. Firstly, it does not allow the player to remap keys. This game may be challenging for players who have difficulty performing fine motor skill tasks, as this game demands physical precision. Secondly, the game is extremely reliant upon visual graphics and has many key items colored in either red or green — making it very difficult, if not impossible, for red/green colorblind players to depict. Finally, Monster School Bus does not include a practice mode to allow the player to familiarize themselves with the controls.

Since the game is solely dependent upon Adobe Flash ® , Monster School Bus is only playable on the PC platform that has Adobe Flash ® plug-in capability. Regrettably, the game does not have much of a life span, as HTML 5 will soon become the universally supported flash plug-in — making Adobe Flash ® a thing of the past. Unfortunately, the game is also not supported on mobile devices.