Rodney's next game came in 1994, but this time he partnered with the king of edutainment CD-ROMs: Voyager. Rodney's Wonder Window is no longer a collection of mini-games, but a selection of strange and interactive art pieces aimed at a wide varitey of age groups.
Most of the twenty-four segments offer very little. In fact, most are little more than a screensaver or one of those animated e-cards people sent to each other online in the mid 90s. There's only so much interest you can have with a rotating head or a the word "fun" flashing in your face.
But if you look at it like that, you're missing the point of Wonder Window's existence. It is first and foremost a portfolio of Rodney Greenblat's art and all of the animated extras are just window dressing. It doesn't help that the subverted Sesame Street visuals appeal to a much younger audience.
If there's one segment that captures the essence of Greenblat's mentality, it's the Tooli Bugs. Playing like a short that wouldn't be out of place on In the Night Garden, it tells the story of the Tooli Bugs mating habits. It goes something like this: the male tooli bug pees out some sticky, smelly goo to attract a female. The female then gets stuck in it. The male becomes 'engorged' (their word) and mates with the female. She then grows her offspring on her head until they pop off. It's a great teaching tool.
Close you eyes, kids! The Tooli Bugs are doing the dirty!
Another short allow you to change the design of some boxer shorts. Another has two houses fighting each other before they kiss. Another sees those same houses shooting other houses out of its roof to create a crudely drawn suburb. It's an exercise on surrealism that's almost entirely created in early digital art tools like PixelPaint, Studio 8 and for the 3D generated images, Sculpt 3D.
While Rodney's Wonder Window can't really be described as a game, it is a great showcase into the weird mind of Rodney Alan Greenblat.
To download the game, follow the link below. This custom installer exclusive to The Collection Chamber uses DOSBox running Microsoft Windows 3.1 to get the game working on modern systems. Manual included. Tested on Windows 10.
File Size: 142 Mb. Install Size: 321 Mb. Need help? Consult the Collection Chamber FAQ
Rodney's Wonder Window is © Rodney Alan Greenblat
Review, Cover Design and Installer created by me