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What's cool about it:

  • An interesting exploration adventure for kids
  • Funny characters that can touch a child's imagination
  • A game that mixes education with fun

Overview:

From the creators of Myst, comes a great journey full of humour, wonderful music and unforgettable moments. Prepare yourself for a grand adventure in the world of epic wonder and whimsical magic. A world where every character comes to life and every new hallway leads to another wild dream. A word of mystery and magic. The world of The Manhole.

Though officially for children, this game is a delightful experience for players of all ages.

Minimum system requirements: Windows XP or Windows Vista, 1 GHz Processor (1.4 GHz recommended), 256MB RAM (512 recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), Mouse, Keyboard.

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A Fascinating Journey Through A Magical Land

Posted on 2009-12-13 10:15:24 bymrbillsenior's avatarmrbillsenior:

This classic critically acclaimed, award winning (and collectible!) children's game is the first game ever produced by Rand and Robyn Miller, the brothers who later created Myst, the most famous and best selling adventure game of all time. It is a wonderful game that will appeal to any child, as well as to the child in you. It was first released in 1988 and then re-released in theread more 1994 Masterpiece Edition upgraded with voices, color, music, and some new characters.
The question that they posed was: What might a kid find if they ventured beneath any ordinary-looking street? And the answer they came up with is both magical and unforgettable. You follow Mr. Rabbit down a manhole (sort of like following 'Alice in Wonderland' down a rabbit hole) and discover a wondrous world of strange places and new friends.
It is a point and click game that is very easy to use for even the smallest children. It is a vast land with over 600 interconnected screens, where you can click on anything you see and something wonderful will happen. Practically everyone you meet has a song to sing, a story to tell, or a secret.
It's a make believe world where you can climb up a beanstalk to a castle in the sky, or go beneath the ocean waves and explore a sunken ship. You can see where the animals live (did you know Mr. Rabbit has carrots on his wallpaper?) and which ones like TV or naps.
It's a world filled with richness, warmth and humor, and friendly, adorable animals all dressed up in clothes. You'll meet an elephant in a canoe and a walrus in a sea captain's hat. You can visit a dragon who lives in Rook Tower and play his stereo, and he may even offer you a hot(!) biscuit.
The animated graphics are original, beautiful and whimsical, with fine attention to detail. There is nearly an hour of wonderful music, and the music on the CD can be played independently on your audio equipment.
It's a great introduction to computers. It isn't a game that you try to win, it's a fascinating journey through a magical land that both you and your child will love ..... and will never forget. We love it!

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A surreal experience

Posted on 2009-12-11 23:11:06 byFinBen's avatarFinBen:

I remember playing this as a child when it first came out, and it was thoroughly mesmerising. The world is a wonderul mish-mash of absurd and fantastical creatures and settings, and as an adult it has lost none of this charm. Bear in mind that the game is almost entirely focused on exploration, with the point and click interface being used for the basic interactions with the world,read more which amount to clicking on something and seeing what happens. Despite its simplicity, the game is a jolly afternoon's distraction, and definitely a lovely early experience of interactivity for children.
Just don't make the mistake I did as a child; don't look for an ending. That led to a confused extra couple of hours...

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Probably the best children's game ever made

Posted on 2010-03-27 09:11:50 byEvian's avatarEvian:

We had this on our old power mac when I was a kid, and my sister and I still quote lines from this game 15+ years later. It's a kid's picture book come to life, with great character art and some genuinely funny voice acting, but what really sets it apart for me is the dreamlike atmosphere which permeates the whole game. They just don't make them like this anymore, which is a realread more shame. Check it out if you're interested in a non-linear adventure with a unique setting, but don't expect too much in the way of puzzles, or an ending. Better yet, buy it for your kids. They'll thank you later.

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