On the surface, this disc has just about everything a child might want: a ghost-filled castle to explore and lots of fairly imaginative animated games that develop math and reading skills. There's even The Lion King's Jonathan Taylor Thomas as your guide, Scooter. But woe to those who try to linger in the castle. Slow down and Thomas jabbers the annoying phrase ''If we're not exploring, it's boring.'' The underlying message: Kids, cultivate that frenetic pace early. This program wants you to join the rat race
The activities available around the castle are numerous, ranging from simple memory tests to composing your own melody. During his travels around the castle's corridors, Scooter is assisted by a helpful owl, who acts as the game's options menu and can also teleport you to any chamber.