It's a simple enough idea, but it makes one of the most impressive CD titles yet to appear. Essentially this is just a talking storybook of the Asterix and Son book from the incredibly well-loved series. And it's in French. So far, so what?
Well, for starters it's narrated. This means that what you get is the pictures, digitised so that each screen to appear is just one frame; the words written down, in the captions and the speech bubbles, and the words spoken by the narrator. For anyone learning a language, reading a favourite and familiar book in that language is a great way of developing. But when you've also got the speech, it adds a whole extra dimension.
You can read the story through with pictures, speech and no written words; or with pictures, written words and no speech. Or you can read it through with all three if you like, in 'interactive' mode, in which you can replay the speech bit by bit to help you understand it properly.
The coup de grace, however, is the last bit. If you can add Microdeal's Voice Master, which is a microphone with an interface that lets you plug it in the parallel port, you can go through the story in another mode. This lets you listen to a sentence, then 'record' your own version with the microphone. You can then play back your version next to the original, and see where you are going wrong. It sounds like a gimmick, but it does work surprisingly well!