The Muppet CD-ROM: Muppets Inside
The convoluted, clever and invariably cute world of The Muppet CD-ROM: Muppets Inside (Starwave – ages 6 & up)starts when you first try to run the program, with a simulated crash of your computer. Just as you’re swearing and reaching for the reset button, Kermit’s voice dispatches a technician to take care of the problem; in the same breath he instructs Fozzie Bear to buy some time with the crowd, meaning you. Fozzie tears right through the center of whatever wallpaper is installed on your computer and proceeds to tell his trademark awful jokes. When the peanut gallery groans in the distance Fozzie cries, in his own defense, “Hey, I’m trying down here!” Statler answers, “You’re trying up here too!” It’s the same old Muppets, veterans of countless television and movie appearances, with the same old kitschy sense of humor, the same appetite for showmanship, and, for the most part, slightly different voices. There are plenty of clips from the Muppet Show plus new footage and songs, including a variation on the Muppet’s Show’s classic title sequence updated for the digital age. The disc’s overall scenario requires you to solve a variety of different games, towards the nominal end of cleaning up the fragments left on your computer by the “crash.” Although the games themselves are simple variations on classic formulae, they’re all presented wittily: Trivial but True rips off Hollywood Squares with irreverent good humor, and Missile Command becomes The Fozzie Bear Show: A Wocka on the Wild Side. The CD-ROM has enough nostalgia to give old fans a nice jolt of memories, but the real intended audience is kids, which is just as Jim Henson would have wanted it. A book that is packaged with the CD-ROM documents the Muppets’ history with lots of amusing trivia and revealing anecdotes. If you’ve got kids who like humor and music and you’re looking for a game that might appeal to you at the same time, The Muppet CD-ROM is worthy of serious consideration.
– April 1996