the SuperKids Buyers Guide for current market prices of
Reviewed on Pentium PC w/8Mb and 2XCD, and
PowerMac 6100/60 w/8Mb and 2XCD
Disney’s Lion King Animated StoryBook is a beautifully drawn, well
scripted package that does an excellent job of recreating the popular movie.
The CD version is built around 20 basic screen shots. Each screen has a sentence or two of text at the top, which is read by a narrator while word phrases
are highlighted. After the narrator finishes reading the text, the user’s cursor
appears as a lion’s footprint, along with two side panels presenting options for
user interaction. In approximately one-half of the screens, users have the opportunity to explore the depicted scene, by clicking on the various characters
and objects. In one particularly well drawn scene, a sequence of appropriate
mouse clicks restores life to the burnt-out remains of the pride lands when Simba defeats his uncle Scar. Other options include asking Zazu, the narrating
bird, to re-read the text, and asking the old baboon Rafiki to define some of
the words in the text. Three screens also offer optional games: a make Simba
pounce on Nala game, a connect the stars to make imaginary constellations
exercise, and a grab the crawling bug and feed it to Timon game.
Installation on four different machines was relatively uneventful. The only
problem encountered by our testers on PCs occurred due to pilot error, when
they failed to set their video drivers to produce 256 colors, rather than
64K or 16.7M. This requirement is noted in the readme file on the CD.
The sound and graphics are remarkably consistent with the Disney movie, with
all the characters using recognizable voices. Interestingly, all of our
reviewers felt this storybook used less full-motion animation that they
expected from Disney.
The Lion King is a very good animated storybook, and is educationally sound
when viewed in that limited context. It is also a potentially useful
supplementary reading tool for young pre-readers and beginning readers.
For older children, its value is strictly entertainment.
See also the
Comparative Rating Table for comparisons with other Interactive Book / Early Reading titles, and the SuperKids Buyer's Guide for the latest prices for Mac and PC versions of Lion King.