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Humongous Entertainment and Nickelodeon Deliver Preschool Software Kids Can Count On With Blue's 123 Time Activities in June 1999.

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 24, 1999--

--New CD-ROM builds on success of Blue's ABC Time Activities(tm),

#1 Selling Children's Education CD-ROM for 1998--

Humongous Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of GT Interactive Software Corp. (Nasdaq:GTIS), and Nickelodeon, the worldwide entertainment brand that puts kids first, have teamed up to create Blue's 123 Time Activities(tm), which will introduce preschoolers to early math, problem-solving and deductive reasoning skills.

Blue's 123 Time Activities, based on the most watched preschool show on TV, Blue's Clues(tm), builds on the success of both Blue's ABC Time Activities(tm) and Blue's Birthday Adventure(tm), the first two Blue's Clues CD-ROM titles. According to PC Data, the market intelligence firm that is the computer industry's primary source for software sales information, Blue's ABC Time Activities and Blue's Birthday Adventure were the No. 1 and No. 4 selling educational CD-ROM titles of 1998, respectively. Blue's 123 Time Activities is slated to arrive at retail stores nationwide in June 1999.

Blue's 123 Time Activities, the newest offering from Humongous Entertainment and Nickelodeon, brings Blue's Clues' unique and playful learning approach to the world of numbers and allows preschoolers to practice pre-math and problem-solving skills with Blue and her friends at the Backyard Fair. Multi-level activities help kids develop logical thinking and deductive reasoning skills, practice simple math and explore numerical estimation and prediction. Kids can strengthen early math skills as they collect Blue Dollars to help Blue win one of many big prizes at the Prize Tent.

"Kids really connect with the magic of both Nickelodeon's brand of television programming and the unique interactive fun of Humongous Entertainment's award-winning software," said Steve Youngwood, director of software, publishing & new businesses, Nickelodeon Consumer Products. "By bridging the software experts at Humongous with the show's creators, Blue's 123 Time Activities will continue to build on the phenomenally successful television show and CD-ROMs by delivering a true Blue's Clues experience and give kids new ways to interact, laugh and learn with Blue and her friends."

"Nickelodeon and Humongous Entertainment's shared commitment to producing only top-quality CD-ROM programs has taken educational software content for preschoolers to new levels. Families can count on Blue's 123 Time Activities adding up to lots of innovative and educational fun for kids," said Ralph Giuffre, Humongous Entertainment's executive vice president of marketing, licensing and sales.

Blue's 123 Time Activities will be available in June 1999 on hybrid CD-ROM for Windows 98/95 and Macintosh for $19.99 at retail stores nationwide, through secure online transactions at humongous.com or nickjr.com, or by calling (800) 499-8386.

Blue's Clues stars a live-action host named Steve (played by actor Steven Burns) who lives in an animated, storybook setting. In each episode, Steve invites the audience to help him solve the day's puzzles, which come in the form of blue paw print clues left by his energetic, animated girl puppy, Blue.

Innovative and interactive, Blue's Clues encourages its young viewers to play along with the show by presenting them with questions to answer and games to solve. The dialogue and animation in every episode is specially timed so that Steve pauses to "wait" for the kids to answer his questions, direct his next move or discover a clue. Each clue that is found and puzzle that is deciphered helps to build the young audience's confidence while teaching them how to think about various concepts.

Established in 1992 by Shelley Day and Ron Gilbert, Humongous Entertainment is 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 more. Humongous Entertainment creates interactive Junior Adventure(tm), Junior Field Trips(tm), Big Thinkers! (tm), Junior Arcade(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 humongous.com.

Headquartered in New York, with 1997 calendar year revenues of $531 million, GT Interactive Software Corp. (Nasdaq:GTIS) is a leading global interactive entertainment software company that develops, markets and distributes consumer software. The company has seven internal development studios: Humongous Entertainment, Cavedog Entertainment, SingleTrac, Oddworld, Bootprint Entertainment, Legend Entertainment and Reflections. The company also has five software labels: GT Interactive, WizardWorks, CompuWorks, MacSoft and Slash. GT Interactive's e-commerce system provides secure online transactions through each of the studios' Web sites and www.gtstore.com. GT Interactive also owns the subsidiary OneZero Media that operates a specialized entertainment portal, getwild.com, which acts as the Entertainment Zone on AltaVista; and produces the nationally syndicated television program, "Wild Wild Web." GT Interactive can be found on the Internet at gtinteractive.com.

Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Blue's Clues, Blue's 123 Time Activities, Blue's Birthday Adventure, Blue's ABC Time Activities and all related titles, logos and characters are trademarks of Viacom International, Inc. 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. Other brand names and products may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
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