Learn More in 2004, Mia the Mouse: The Kidnap Caper
Israel O’ Connell and Emily Washington
The popular Mia
the Mouse is on a French and Spanish learning adventure that will
invite you into her world to help solve a mystery as to who kidnapped
her precious Grandma and learn a new language as you help Mia with
the search in new places.
"Mia’s Language Adventure is the fourth title in
this award-winning software series, and like the other titles
in the series, is designed to make learning fun."
Mia the mouse has won over 40 awards including the Seal of
Approval from the National Parenting Center, the All Star
Software Award from the Children’s Software Revue, the
Children’s Media Honor from the Parent’s Guide
Awards, and the Award of Excellence from the Review Corner.
It’s very difficult to make
a game that is enticing for kids and even more amazing when the
game actually teaches something like a foreign language. Kutoka’s
“Mia the Mouse: The Kidnap Caper” goes above the limits
and actually involves you in the experience of solving the mystery
while learning a new foreign language. The levels go from beginning
to advanced language levels and as you progress the game journey
gets more and more exciting.
adventure starts with the opening of the story where Mia and her
friends are seen having fun at an art festival. Mia’s grandmother
Mimi has just won an award for her art entry when suddenly the lights
go out. Everything is dark, and you can hear the sounds of a scuffle.
When the lights go back on Mia discovers that her Grandma Mimi has
mysteriously disappeared from the crowd!
very first activity introduces the alphabet of the new language.
(The bad guy in every game) however is still around. Who could have
done this? Well that important investigation and rescue job is up
to you, Mia, and her friends to find the clues and safely bring
Grandma Mimi back home!
of finding the clues and uncovering the mystery brings you step
by step through Spanish and French.
At the very
start of the mystery caper, the game introduces the sights and sounds
of the alphabet of the language that you want to learn. You can
start playing the game in either French first than Spanish or visa
versa, it’s your choice.
words like "Blue" or “Cat” are taught using
pictures to start building up your vocabulary. Then sentences are
slowly formed, and adjectives and verbs are explained. This is an
easy and steady process that literally guides you through the new
language of either Spanish or French.
But what makes
you want to play and learn the language? Well Mia’s adventure draws
you in, and being a “discoverer” (as the game calls it)
is exciting. The
only way to beat the game is to observe your surroundings and find
the hidden clues and objects. The adventure is on from the beginning
which makes learning the language both fun and satisfying!
this game is so effective, is that it’s excitingly interactive.
and colors, for example, are so bright, happy, and lively that it
really draws you into the game. Also, the graphics are so stunning
and realistic, that when you play it, it almost feels like you’re
with Mia at that moment! The game also keeps up a cartoonish air
and comedy that kids love.
As for difficulty,
“The Kidnap Caper” is great for children of all ages
as well. With adjustable levels of “Beginner”, “Intermediate”,
and “Advanced” any child as little as 5, or as big as
10 can play and succeed.
"Buzz Boys". Another creative addition to "Mia
the Mouse: The Kidnap Caper"
Kidnap Caper” has a couple challenges for kids to overcome.
Like for example, words like “the” or “by”
or “to” are only taught later in the game. Minor words
like these can be very important in any sentence… however,
the learning experience with Mia is so much fun, a little bit of
patience and research will bring the new student a lot of enjoyment
as they advance to the intermediate mode.
that is helpful to know is that the game does freeze up occasionally
on some systems. However, this can be easily overcome by simply saving
every time you find something or you complete an activity. Don’t
get me wrong though, it’s worth the one click effort to save,
because Mia and the Kidnap Caper must be the most fun way to learn
a new language and a great way to start 2004 with the language you
have always wanted to learn –Spanish or French.
comical pictures are used to represent adjectives.
Here for more information on Kutoka’s "Mia the Mouse:The
Kidnap Caper " and other Mia titles.