Asia Alive and America Alive join Europe Alive in this series from MediAlive. Both titles have good, clear interfaces that get you around quickly and easily and both have generous helpings of hot spots and hypertext to take you from here to there. Asia Alive covers 15 countries, with the focus on cities. The text is standard guidebook fare, supplemented by touristy slide shows and video. You can access information on hotels, restaurants, principal attractions, important telephone numbers, and travel arrangements. This is handy as a starting point, but you’ll need more information than is provided here to really plan a trip. Four “learning activities” are included, ranging from naming capitals and sights to listening to the national anthems. Kids will need more than that to stay interested.
– June 1995