Famous Five 3: Kidnapped! Novatrix / Ravensburger Interactive / WESTKA 2000

Kidnapped! is an interactive CD-ROM adventure inspired by the ever-popular Famous Five Books, and brings the classic tales to a whole new generation. Designed for 8 to 12 year olds, it follows two previous Famous Five stories (Treasure Island and Silver Tower) in being converted into a multimedia mystery adventure. The Famous Five, namely Julian, Dick, Ann, George and Timmy the dog, are among perennial children's top-sellers with their tales of adventure, escapades and clever children outwitting evil baddies to win the day--it is almost inevitable, then, that they should make it to CD-ROM. The basic plot behind the story is that the Five go for a camping holiday on Kirrin Island where new friend Eddy manages to get himself kidnapped. The obvious thing to do is to rescue him, and that is what you have to make happen. The CD-ROM is very nicely constructed with neat graphics and well presented characters. The point and click style interface is, importantly, easy to get to grips with. You get some practice in gathering materials for the trip, so that by the time Eddy goes missing you should have mastered the way everything works. One of the engaging things about Kidnapped! is the way the story skips between animated sequences and situations in which you have to solve problems. This keeps everything running along at a fair pace, and really draws you into the story - you might find it difficult to break off for a rest.
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ISO Demo (provided by Meddle & upped by Scaryfun) 384MB

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