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Finally, Preschool Software With A Clue! Humongous Entertainment And Nickelodeon Introduce Two New CD-ROMs Based on the Hit Preschool TV Show, Blue's Clues.

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 25, 1998--

Blue's Birthday Adventure(tm) and Blue's ABC Time Activities(tm)

Hit Retail Store Shelves on September 1

Humongous Entertainment, award-winning creator of children's software, has teamed up with Nickelodeon, the No. 1 network for kids, to create software based on the Emmy(r)-nominated and most-watched preschool show on television, Blue's Clues(tm). Two separate CD-ROMs, Blue's Birthday Adventure(tm) and Blue's ABC Time Activities(tm), will release to retail stores on Sep. 1 in one of the most anticipated kids software debuts in recent memory.

"We've partnered with Humongous Entertainment because of our shared vision and goal -- to develop creator-driven innovative software," says Ann Sarnoff, Executive Vice President Consumer Products and Business Development, Nickelodeon. "In uniting software experts with the show's creators, we've developed games so groundbreaking and true to Blue's Clues that they play like kids are simply plugging their mouse into the TV."

Humongous Entertainment and the creative team for the Blue's Clues TV show have worked in close collaboration to maximize the educational and entertainment quality of the CD-ROMs. This partnership has blended the unique playability of Humongous Entertainment's award-winning CD-ROMs with the rich look and multi-layered educational experience of the Blue's Clues TV show. This new learning experience takes the concept of the TV show and provides an exciting translation to the computer screen. Blue's Birthday Adventure and Blue's ABC Time Activities allow kids to interact, learn and explore with Blue and her friends.

Humongous Entertainment's technology creates a breakthrough CD-ROM experience where a live-action host, Steve, lives in Blue's world. Now, kids can enjoy the unique interaction with their friend Steve, along with the play-along aspects of the Blue's Clues TV show on their computers.

"The Blue's Clues TV show exemplifies the ideals that we share in creating products for kids that encourage thinking, laughing and having fun," said Ralph Giuffre, executive vice president of marketing and licensing for Humongous Entertainment. "Our Blue's Birthday Adventure and Blue's ABC Time Activities CD-ROMs take key elements from the TV show -- characters, worlds and activities --to the computer and for the first time, allow kids to touch, move and interact with Blue's world."

Blue's Birthday Adventure

Blue's Birthday Adventure excites and challenges kids to take part in one of the most significant events in a child's life ... a birthday!

In Blue's Birthday Adventure, kids help Blue and her pal Steve plan Blue's birthday party. As in the TV show, Steve interacts directly with kids to actively involve them in the story and ask for their help in finding clues. Four exciting pathways with new clue sets, learning activities, and plenty of items to discover provide hours of exploration for kids. Whether they are helping Blue figure out what to give her guests, what to eat at the party, what fun things to do at the party, or what games to play, kids will have an exciting time with Blue and her friends.

The adventures, which can be completed in any order, change in every level of difficulty so kids can enjoy playing the game over and over. As kids complete each pathway, they receive an exciting reward and move closer to the ultimate goal of creating Blue's birthday cake and experiencing the birthday celebration.

Blue's Birthday Adventure takes kids into Blue's world by giving them new areas to uncover and explore, as well as areas that they're already familiar with from watching the TV show. Plus, Blue's Birthday Adventure introduces kids to a brand-new world, BirthdayLand, with new characters. Adjustable skill levels allow kids of varying ages and abilities to enjoy the adventure and discover new challenges. Like all CD-ROMs from Humongous Entertainment, Blue's Birthday Adventure delivers educational activities, hundreds of continually changing click points, tons of interaction with characters, and exploration.

Blue's ABC Time Activities

With Blue's ABC Time Activities, preschoolers strengthen essential pre-reading skills as they explore the world of letters, sounds and words with the help of their favorite puppy, Blue, and her wonderful cast of friends in this activity pack featuring multi-level learning activities.

Kids identify letters, build vocabulary, practice phonics and create rhymes as they collect words to help Blue build silly stories in her Word Book. Kids can print Blue's Word Book, then return to the activities and discover new letters and words with which to create completely new stories. Levels of difficulty adjust automatically to kids' abilities, providing everyone a chance to participate and complete the activities again and again.

Whether kids are jumping into the bathtub with Slippery Soap, playing in the sand with Shovel and Pail, or even "skidooing" into the wall painting to enter the Jungle with Lion Prince, they meet many characters and discover pre-reading activities. Games in Blue's ABC Time Activities include these:

-- Safari Snapshots with Lion Prince. Kids enter the Jungle and help Blue and the Lion Prince take snapshots of animals for her alphabet photo album. Kids have three tries to click the animal that begins with a certain letter of the alphabet. Once they take the photos, kids can go back and look at them at any time or even print them out to begin their very own photo albums.

-- Snack Time with Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper. In the kitchen, kids help Blue figure out what items Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper need for snack, based on the letters on their grocery list. Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper say the name of the first letter on their list and also pronounce the letter phonetically (such as "em" for "m"). Five items appear from the grocery bag, and kids must choose which item begins with that letter and sound.

Availability and System Requirements

Blue's Birthday Adventure is available for $29.99 on hybrid CD-ROM for Windows 98/95 and Macintosh. Blue's ABC Time Activities is available for $19.99 on hybrid CD-ROM for Windows 98/95 and Macintosh.

"Making of Blue's Birthday Adventure"

Humongous Entertainment introduces an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the highly anticipated new kids software title, Blue's Birthday Adventure on its award-winning web site, www.humongous.com. This unique and extremely thorough feature describes the one-of-a-kind process that was behind the collaboration of Humongous Entertainment and Nickelodeon in creating one of the most interactive CD-ROM experiences for preschoolers. This feature takes you step by step through the process from early storyboards to video shoots to final testing.

In September, along with this exciting behind-the-scenes look at the creation of a CD-ROM, Humongous Entertainment will allow families to play an activity from Blue's ABC Time Activities.

The Blue's Clues TV Show

Blue's Clues, the Emmy-nominated, hit preschool TV show and recipient of the prestigious Parent's Choice Award, has pioneered a breakthrough interactive approach and programming strategy for preschool television. Live-action host Steve, animated puppy Blue and their friends turn to preschoolers to participate actively in solving puzzles within the context of interactive, multi-layered games and activities. An episode of the Blue's Clues TV show airs each Monday and is repeated throughout the week, building kids' self-confidence and mastery through repetition.

Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon, the highest-rated basic cable network since the first quarter of 1995, is a global entertainment brand with businesses in programming, production, consumer products, online, recreation, publishing and feature films. Nickelodeon television programming is seen in 72 million households in the United States and in over 80 millions households worldwide, including dedicated channels and services in the United Kingdom, Australia, Latin America, the Nordic region and Turkey. Visit Nick Jr.'s Web site at nickjr.com to learn more about Blue's Clues.

Humongous Entertainment

Established in 1992 by Shelley Day and Ron Gilbert, Humongous Entertainment is internationally recognized for pushing the edge in interactive storytelling and delivering high-quality, hand-animated CD-ROMs starring endearing original characters, including Putt-Putt(r), Freddi Fish(tm), Pajama Sam(tm), SPY Fox(tm) and Ben and Becky Brightly(tm). Humongous Entertainment creates interactive Junior Adventure(tm), Junior Field Trips(tm), Junior Arcade(tm), Big Thinkers!(tm) and Junior Sports(tm) games that encourage kids to explore, discover and have fun. Humongous Entertainment, a subsidiary of GT Interactive Software Corp. (NASDAQ:GTIS), can be reached on the World Wide Web at www.humongous.com.

Humongous Entertainment, Freddi Fish, Pajama Sam, SPY Fox, Junior Adventure, Junior Field Trips, Junior Arcade, Big Thinkers! and Junior Sports are all trademarks of Humongous Entertainment. These products and Humongous Entertainment Inc. are not in any manner affiliated with Putt-Putt(r) Golf Courses of America Inc. Nickelodeon, Blue's Clues, Blue's Birthday Adventure, Blue's ABC Time Activities and all other related titles, logos and characters are trademarks of Viacom International, Inc. Other brand names and products may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

CONTACT: Humongous Entertainment,

Mike Salvadore, 425/951-2149

mikes@humongous.com

or

Chris Jamieson, 425/951-2149

chrisj@humongous.com

or

Nickelodeon,

Jennifer Roseman, 212/846-8670

jroseman03@aol.com
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