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DreamWorks Interactive to reveal first products at E3.

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 1, 1996-- DreamWorks Interactive Wednesday announced its intent to unveil its first four products at the 1996 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3).

Featured will be "Goosebumps: Escape From Horrorland," based on the best-selling book series of R.L. Stine and the top rated TV show; "The Neverhood Chronicles: Klaymen's Quest" (working title), a one-of-a-kind clay-animation slapstick epic adventure; "Now You're Cookin'", a fun-filled introduction to culinary adventure for kids and "Cooper's Cliffhangers" (working title), a cliffhanging learning adventure game that takes players into the world beyond the blackboard. All four titles are scheduled for release within a year.

DreamWorks Interactive is a joint venture between Microsoft Corp. and DreamWorks SKG formed to create interactive entertainment software that combines great gameplay and technology with rich production values, compelling story-telling and involving characters.

"The goal of DreamWorks Interactive is to combine the best from the worlds of software and entertainment," stated Jeffrey Katzenberg, DreamWorks SKG principal. "We hope our slate of upcoming titles definitely reflects that."

The initial titles reflect a mix of original and third-party developed product as well as a balance between licensed concepts as original material. All four titles will be released on PC CD-ROM for Windows 95.

"Despite their diversity, all of our initial titles share the great look, sound and interactive experience for which this company intends to be known," stated Glenn Entis, head of DreamWorks Interactive. "They reflect the incredible resources we have been able to draw upon from our parent companies, DreamWorks SKG and Microsoft Corp., as well as the tremendous game producers and designers who have come on board during our first year of operation."

"Goosebumps: Escape From Horrorland"

"Goosebumps: Escape From Horrorland," is designed to be the interactive sequel to R.L. Stine's "One Day at Horrorland," a hit novel from the best-selling Goosebumps book series written by R.L. Stine, published by Scholastic Inc., and created by Parachute Press. Players must enter Horrorland after dark to find and rescue 10-year-olds Luke and Clay.

With the aid of Lizzy, a wildly excitable 12-year-old, players will explore such scary domains as the Bat Barnyard, Werewolf Village and Dracula's Castle and solve nightmarish puzzles as they search for clues to the young boys' whereabouts.

Seamlessly integrating actual 3D miniature sets with live action video and characters brought to life by top Hollywood stars such as Jeff Goldblum and Isabella Rossellini, "Escape From Horrorland" adds a new dimension to the popular Goosebumps experience. "Goosebumps: Escape From Horrorland" is targeted for ages 8 and up.

"The Neverhood Chronicles: Klaymen's Quest" (working title)

From Doug TenNapel of Earthworm Jim fame comes a slapstick epic animated clay adventure game cut from an entirely new mold, The "Neverhood Chronicles: Klaymen's Quest" (working title). Hoborg, lonely ruler of a magical world, creates The Neverhood, a fantastical domain formed from a magic clay which brings life to its newly sculpted inhabitants.

One of Hoborg's creations, Klogg, has evil on his newly molded mind and plans to overthrow the ruler. As Klaymen, the floppy-limbed hero, players will negotiate clever puzzles, flee from oversized crustaceans and battle 50-foot robots in an effort to thwart Klogg's sinister plans and restore peace to The Neverhood.

"The Neverhood Chronicles: Klaymen's Quest" (working title) features dozens of stunning photo-realistic environments created from over two tons of clay, a bevy of hilarious stop-frame animated characters, and a storyline filled with humor, suspense, challenging puzzles and non-stop action. "The Neverhood Chronicles: Klaymen's Quest" (working title) is targeted for players ages 13 and up.

"Now You're Cookin'"

"Now You're Cookin,'" the world's first animated interactive culinary experience, puts kids under the chef's hat in a virtual kitchen buzzing with dynamic, musical characters. Kids are encouraged to play with food with sometimes disastrous, sometimes tasty and always hilarious results.

They will create recipes with the help of trusty canine sidekick Taste Test IV and a bevy of singing appliances, such as Blendolini, the operatic Italian blender, and Toby, the little toaster who hopes one day to grow up to be an oven.

Kids can print a calendar that keeps track of special days, such their birthday, and food-themed international holidays, as well as a copy of the master recipe book, which keeps track of their original and collected recipes. "Now You're Cookin'," which features more than 20 original songs and over 6000 animation cells, is targeted for ages 3-6.

"Cooper's Cliffhangers" (working title)

A learning adventure with a cliffhanger at every turn, "Cooper's Cliffhangers" takes players into the world beyond the blackboard. When Cooper, a young boy brimming with imagination and creative talent, is called to the chalkboard to diagram the longest sentence ever written, he is sucked into the board through a doodle of his own design and into a mysterious realm animated entirely in chalk...the Chalk World.

As Cooper, players will embark on a quest to save Chalk World from the evil Chalk Miser, who has imprisoned King Hyperbole and thrust the once grammatically perfect Verbiage Valley into chaos. Negotiating a series of grammar grapplers, verbal volleys and other obstacles placed in their path, children will restore luster and grammatical sense to the realm in a story-driven learning adventure with arcade-stye gameplay.

The game features a full orchestral score to compliment the rich cell animation. "Cooper's Cliffhangers" is targeted for ages 6-9.

DreamWorks Interactive, a joint-venture between DreamWorks SKG and Microsoft Corp., is a publisher/developer of interactive software charted with creating emotionally compelling entertainment products. DreamWorks Interactive was formed in 1995 and is located in Los Angeles.

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