BBC makes pre-schooler soap interactive with CD Rom

MUMBAI: BBC Worldwide's software publishing division, BBC Multimedia, is releasing a PC CD-Rom game. This is based upon the beeb's soap for pre-schoolers Balamory.

The PC title is due to be launched on 27 February. An official release informs that BBC Multimedia has contracted Glasgow-based Absolute Studios to develop the interactive game. Through the themes of role play and adventure, the game aims at helping children develop key skills including spelling and letter recognition, matching numbers and recognising familiar character and objects.

The show started airing a couple of years ago in the UK. It deals with the daily adventures of the residents of the fictional Scottish island along with songs, poems, dances. The CD-Rom title includes a range of video clips from the series, an art package. There are also activities. One of them is Edie's Delivery Dilemma. The user has to help the character pick up the fruit that has dropped out of Penny Pocket and the Suzie delivery box. Then the participant has to drive around the village to retrieve all the pieces before playtime.

On television, a further 126 episodes have been commissioned for this year and 2005. The BBC claims that Balamory is its most successful pre-school show since The Teletubbies.

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