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This is a combination of a storybook and an exploration game. The story of Barney Bear and his iced bun with cherries on is narrated by ex-Doctor Who Tom Baker and features gorgeous graphics and animation.

If you watch it straight through, the whole thing will last about 15 minutes, a reasonable chunk of which, it has to be said, will be made up of waiting for the next screen to appear, but what it lacks in Amiga programming finesse, it makes up in multimedia presentation.

But you're not really supposed to just sit back and watch. As you move the pointer around the screen it changes to a magic wand over certain points. Press the button over one of these points, and something surprising happens - the frog leaps, the weeping willow weeps or the bunnies do a dance. And at any time, you can click on the words on the screen to hear the individual words spoken.

It's a lovely storybook in itself, but the interactive element adds immensely to it. That's mainly because the things that happen when you click on something are so delightful. I can see a kid exploring this and cries of "Come and see this!" ringing through the house regularly. It's lovely. But it is a bit expensive.

A Bun for Barney CDTV logo CDTV


The narration by ex-Doctor Who Tom Baker and the lovely watercolour-like graphics in this interactive children's storybook are the icing on a very taste cake. The while idea of interactive multimedia seems to suite children's explorative minds incredibly well.

The idea is that the pointer can be moved around the screen and when it comes to something exciting, it flashes. A click on the button triggers off something almost magical as far as children are concerned - an animation or effect, such as crazed bunnies frolicking about like good 'uns.

Children can proceed through the storybook at their own pace, pausing to click on words on the screen so that they are read out loud. This adds an educational element which is backed up by the plot. The net result is a delightful disc, the only drawback of which is its expense.