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Friday, 30 March, 2001, 15:17 GMT 16:17 UK
Tweenies set to conquer PlayStation
Tweenies: Success based on singing and dancing
The multi-award winning Tweenies look set to become video game heroes when they appear in their debut PlayStation title, Game Time, reports David Gibbon.

With retail sales topping 110m and an audience which consists of 80% of Britain's two to six year olds, the BBC's hit children's TV show is undoubtedly one of the most popular ever.

Launched in September 1999, the colourful and jolly foursome are now on TV in countries around the world from Hong Kong to South Africa.

Their new computer game will no doubt appeal enormously to young fans. Packed with engaging activities and starring Milo, Jake, Fizz and Bella, the developers have tried to keep the same sense of fun and involvement seen in the TV series.

Players create their own Tweenie fantasy world
Research undertaken by BBC Worldwide among children who watch Tweenies revealed that singing and dancing are major factors in the success of the show.

And now, Tweenies - Game Time builds on these core activities by drawing on the idea of building a fantasy world, involving players in a number of games which encourage imaginative interactive learning.

Children get to pick their favourite Tweenies character, choose any of the following games then go off and create their own fantasy world:

  • Jake's Dot World - This level allows you to fly your favourite Tweenie through a world where all the colour has been gobbled up by mysterious colour-eating monsters. Find all the objects that are black and white and put the colour back into them.

  • Fizz's Disco - Help your Tweenie copy Fizz as she dances to the disco music. Players can also make up their own dance routine for their favourite Tweenie.

    Tweenies game
    The games aim to engage young children

  • Milo's Space Race - Race through space in Milo's special rocket ship, collecting the musical instruments that are flying around you as you go before time runs out. Then make your very own tune with them.

  • Bella's Fairy Castle - Enter Bella's castle but your Tweenie needs a fairy costume first. Help your Tweenie collect parts of these costumes by completing puzzles and activities.

BBC research has found that 90% of parents with children aged three to five years old said that they trust the Tweenies to entertain their children and make learning fun.

With this being the case, it looks very likely that Tweenies - Game Time for the PlayStation will be immensely popular - by both children and adults alike when it goes on sale from 30 March.

See also:

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