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ZOOM Kiyeko and The Lost Night
$4.95 (Win98/Win95/Win3.1) (Retail) (KIYEKOPR)

Ubi Soft

Children

Ages: 4 to 10

Multilingual: English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish

Ratings:

4 stars from CD-ROM Today

A Magical Adventure in the Amazon Rain Forest

Narrated by Ben Kingsley

Enter an exotic land of magic and mystery as Academy Award Winner Ben Kingsley (Gandhi, Schindler's List) guides you through this enchanting fable. Part interactive adventure, part educational tool, this CD-ROM and beautifully crafted Picture Book will delight the entire family.


Kiyeko and The Lost Night features:

Over 8000 hand drawn frames creating a rich, full-screen animated environment.

45 minutes of original music and sound effects.

220 hilarious click-on animations to enjoy.

Reading and foreign language learning with voices and text in English, Spanish, French, Italian and German.

Based on Vladimir Hulpach's "The Snakes Who Stole the Night." Developed in participation with the National Center for Cinematography and the French Ministry of Industry.

Welcome to the next level of interactive story-telling. The digiTales series of animated adventures will delight computer users of all ages with beautiful full-screen animation, enchanting music and sound effects, and hundreds of hilarious click-on surprises. DigiTales offer children a fun way to learn how to read, try new languages, and explore the wonderful mysteries of our world. We hope you will enjoy the magic of digiTales.

Explore the Amazon Rain Forest as you follow Kiyeko through his adventures to find the lost night.

Click on any of the hundreds of interactive hot spots to discover the hilarious animations and musical surprises.

Learn about other civilizations as Kiyeko's family and friends show you how they live in the Rain Forest.

Follow the story in English or click on a flag to have it read in Spanish, German, French, or Italian.

Requirements:

Windows: 486SX 25MHz or better w/ 4MB RAM, Windows 3.1, DOS 5.0 or higher (runs on Windows 95), 256 color SVGA, MPC compatible sound card, double speed CD-ROM drive, mouse.

Reviews:

CD-ROM Today, October 1995

"One well-thought-out new title is Kiyeko and the Lost Night, an interactive story beautifully narrated by Academy-Award winning actor Ben Kingsley. Kingsley, in the role of the Story Teller, offers a pleasant, pleasurable stroll through an Amazon village and its surroundings. The story follows jungle-boy Kiyeko's effort to retrieve the Night, stolen by a couple of snakes reminiscent of Disney's bad-guy animal characters (the sea witch's twin eels in The Little Mermaid spring immediately to mind), through 11 different animated scenes - from Kiyeko's village in the Amazon jungle, through the forest, to the snakes' lair, and back again."

"...The well-drawn graphics, which integrate 3D backgrounds with 3D animations, and movie-style quality of the title are lovely to look at, regardless of your age.

"On the other hand, the treatment of the story as an animated movie makes for some problems in an interactive environment. Enter a scene, and the story, which appears in text at the top of the screen, takes several minutes to read. Even with Kingley's lilting voice in accompaniment, the pace is Proustian, and will seem especially slow to an impatient five-year-old who may be more used to the frenetic energy of Saturday morning cartoons..."

"Kiyeko and the Lost Night is certainly well-designed, and everything works; there aren't any incomplete, fuzzy, or jumpy areas, and the product was obviously a labor of love on the part of the folks at Ubi Soft. If yours is a leisurely household - or you just want to cultivate a little more of the stuff - this title might just be the ticket. It's certainly an alternative to watching The Lion King for the 1,000th time."



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