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UNCOVER THE BEAUTY AND MYSTERY OF THE SEA IN SIERRA'S LATEST EDUCATIONAL OFFERING -- 'ECOQUEST: THE SEARCH FOR CETUS'

 UNCOVER THE BEAUTY AND MYSTERY OF THE SEA IN SIERRA'S LATEST
 EDUCATIONAL OFFERING -- 'ECOQUEST: THE SEARCH FOR CETUS'
 COARSEGOLD, Calif., Dec. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- An adventure-packed introduction to ecological threats facing our oceans and the unique opportunity to implement realistic solutions to these problems await children in "EcoQuest: The Search for Cetus," just released by Sierra On-Line (NASDAQ: SIER) for MS-DOS.
 As Adam, a lonely young boy and the son of a famous ecologist, players befriend a stranded dolphin, Delphineous, and join him on an undersea journey to search for the missing whale king, Cetus. Guided by his new found friend, Adam travels to the ruined city hidden in a coral reef and encounters the hurt, bewildered creatures who have fallen victim to man's careless polluting of the ocean. To finish the game, Adam must draw on his courage to face the evil creature driven mad by toxic chemicals and discover the fate of the missing king.
 "Very few people ever get the chance to go deep sea diving or swim with dolphins, as they can in 'EcoQuest,'" said Bill Davis, vice president of creative development. "I hope young players are motivated to seek out further information about the discoveries they make."
 Dozens of handpainted and digitized backgrounds and character close-ups bring to life the exotic beauty of Cetus's undersea kingdom. "EcoQuest" is targeted at ages 10 and up and features Sierra's easy-to-use point and click interface.
 Last month, the company announced plans to enter the home education field with the launch of two educational products, "The Castle of Dr. Brain" and "Mixed-Up Fairly Tales." Two additional releases are planned by mid-1992.
 "EcoQuest" is packaged in recycled and recyclable boxes and the box sleeve was printed with biodegradable soybean ink. Packaged with the game is "I Helped Save the Earth: 55 Fun Ways Kids Can Make a Difference," a fact-filled book of constructive ideas to help save the planet. Sierra will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each "EcoQuest" to The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, Calif., known for its efforts at saving Humphrey the Humpback Whale.
 "EcoQuest: The Search for Cetus" is shipping with four 3.5 in. or four 5.25 in. high density disks. All major sound cards are supported and hard disk is required. Suggested retail price is $59.95.
 Sierra On-Line, located in Oakhurst, Calif., develops and publishes entertainment and education products for home computers. It is one of the oldest and largest developers of home computer applications.
 THE BIRTH OF A GAME AND AN AWARENESS
 How "EcoQuest" Was Developed and the Changes That Came With It
 It started with countless calls to a variety of respected ecological and oceanographic organizations. Sierra's "EcoQuest" design team wanted to know what were the most serious problems facing the world's oceans. Based on the answers they received, the designers came up with a list of the top ecological problems -- some that kids could do nothing about and others they could have a very real impact on.
 Once the ecological framework was established, the designers researched reams of documents and watched miles of documentaries about each of the hazards to gain a better understanding of each problem. The more information the team received, the more "EcoQuest" developed into a believable fantasy rooted firmly in fact.
 After almost a year of research and development, "EcoQuest" was born, little-known at the time, a seed was also planted within Sierra On-Line. This seed grew, bringing everyone at Sierra a greater awareness of the threats facing our world and the motivation and cooperation to be part of a solution.
 As a result of the company's heightened awareness of environmental issues, several new policies and practices have become reality:
 -- Sierra has increased its use of recycled and recyclable materials for almost every in-house paper product, including shipping forms, purchase orders and stationery. Game boxes were recently added to the list of products considered friendly to the environment.
 -- Box sleeves are no longer sprayed with the shiny UV coating. Previously, this process rendered our sleeves unrecyclable.
 -- InterAction Magazine and the Sierra Products Catalog, with a combined circulation of more than 1 million copies each year, are printed on recycled paper.
 -- Each disk returned to customer service is resold to secondhand dealers.
 -- Carpooling is encouraged, since many employees drive as much as 40 miles a day to Sierra's Oakhurst headquarters.
 -- Can and paper recycling boxes are located in every department.
 -- Each of the pallets used to ship games is rebuilt and reused.
 -- And the company recently invested in an electronic mail system to cut down on the amount of paper generated from interoffice memos.
 Sierra On-Line's new game, "EcoQuest: The Search for Cetus," is about commitment to the environment. It's about making the world a better place for people and animals to live in. And it's about caring for the environment. Sierra is now part of that commitment.
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 /CONTACT: Anita Greene of Sierra On-Line, 209-683-4468, ext. 504/
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