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This interactive adventure features a likeable little mouse named Mia, and her quest to obtain the ingredients needed to make a healing tonic for her sick Grandmother. Grandmother gives Mia the last of her ‘sparklies’ and tells her to use them as barter for the needed ingredients. But just as Mia exits her Grandmother’s mouse hole, she is accosted by the unscrupulous Romaine Rat, who robs her of the precious sparklies. Now Mia must travel throughout the house, upstairs and down, inside and out, searching for opportunities to earn the sparklies needed to restore Grandmother’s health.
As she journeys, Mia collects interesting items which she stashes in her backpack for future use. For example, an innocent looking rope might be needed to lower Mia from the attic to the second floor, and who knows when a yellow comb might come in handy? And of course there are plenty of quirky characters around to help (and hinder) Mia in her quest.
One of the activities features a gameboard which pits the user in a word game against the computer--a worthy opponent with no interest in ‘throwing’ the game for the sake of the child’s esteem. Although some kids were frustrated by the fact that winning requires more luck than skill, they were placated by the fact that even if the computer wins the child earns sparklies just for playing. “This is a good lesson in sportsmanship for kids,” commented one parent, “playing the game is what’s important.”
The program’s options screen allows players to choose one of four levels of difficulty, set background music and sound volume, go to a screen to play just the activities, and start a new game. Sessions can be saved by pressing F3, and re-loaded from the above mentioned options menu.
PC: Windows 95 or better, Pentium 100 MHz or faster cpu, 30 MB hard drive space, 32 MB RAM, 640x480 (256 colors) display, Quad-speed or faster CD-ROM, 16-bit sound blaster.return to top of page
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