It’s never too early to start learning a second language, in fact, the younger the better. That is the belief behind Kutoka’s Mia’s Language Adventure: The Kidnap Caper. This highly interactive game will give your young one a jump-start into learning either Spanish or French.
Mia’s world is a rich 3D environment full of detail and diverse animation, making the game interesting and keeping it from ever getting dull. Obviously, a lot of time was put into the creation of the character models and the surrounding areas because the amount of detail found in this game is far greater than anything I have seen in the edutainment genre (save for the other Mia titles).
The background areas are detailed and show most of the telltale signs of pre-rendered scenes. But the fluidity with which the character models interact with the world leads me to believe that these backgrounds are rendered on the fly. If they are pre-rendered, then the development team gets major props for the blending of the two styles, and if it isn’t -– then the team still did a wonderful job in making characters and scenes with such detail and not bogging down my system.
The music, voices and sound effects also go a long way with helping this game reach its potential. The voice acting helps to bring the characters alive as you meet new mice, spiders and even robots. The music stays in the background allowing you to concentrate on the current activity or on the scene you are in.