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Thursday, March 21, 2002
Two New Kids' Games from Plaid Banana
6:00 AM | David Finley | Comment on this story

As noted by MacCentral's Peter Cohen, Plaid Banana Entertainment, a division of Disney Interactive, has released its first two titles in a series of adventure games for children. Here's a description from Disney's press release:

Plaid Banana products feature original characters and stories created and developed by Hulabee Entertainment, a digital media company established by Shelley Day and Ron Gilbert, co-founders of Humongous Entertainment and the creative forces behind the award-winning franchises Putt-Putt, Freddi Fish, Pajama Sam and the Backyard Sports series.

Moop & Dreadly in The Treasure on Bing Bong Island and Ollo in the Sunny Valley Fair are robust interactive adventures that feature unique, original characters and clever, episodic plot lines. Set in bold, colorful and rich environments, both games encourage exploration, critical thinking and problem solving, as children control their progress through several chapters filled with fun activities that focus on the "journey," versus the "destination."

Moop & Dreadly is for children aged six and up and focuses on problem-solving, critical thinking, and memory skills. The player accompanies the intrepid young Captain Dreadly and his feline ape mentor, Moop, on their quest for Chief Earwig's treasure. Notable game features include:

  • 26 unique environments in six episodic chapters
  • A diverse cast of 12 new characters, including Mort and Wart, Princess Connie, and a dastardly pirate named Captain Trench
  • Plenty of riddles and puzzles to solve

Ollo in the Sunny Valley Fair is intended for a somewhat younger audience, aged three and up. The player guides an altruistic ball of clay named Ollo, who must capture a runaway over-achieving tomato in time to save Sunny Valley from destruction and win a blue ribbon for his friend, Rose. Game features include:

  • 12 characters
  • 28 game areas in six chapters of learning experiences filled with a variety of original songs, problem-solving puzzles, and innovative educational clickables

Both games are available for Mac OS X and retail for $19.99. For more information, check out the links below.

Moop and Dreadly: The Treasure on Bing Bong Island
Ollo in the Sunny Valley Fair
Plaid Banana Press Release

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