Mia: The Kidnap Caper



Excellent game to teach French and Spanish.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that by going on an adventure with Mia, kids learn either French or Spanish as a second language.

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What's it about?

Mia is a little mouse who is cute, courageous, and creative. In MIA: THE KIDNAP CAPER, her fifth title, Mia heroically rescues her Grandma Mimi from kidnappers.

Kids assume the role of Mia and control her movements in real time. They look at the world from Mia's point of view as they travel through a miniaturized environment full of discarded human objects. While looking for clues about Mimi's kidnapping, kids will play 15 excellent games that teach Spanish or French (players choose) as a second language.

Is it any good?


If there were an Academy Award for children's software, Mia: The Kidnap Caper would win. The story is told with spectacular graphics, the likes of which are only found in full-length animated movies. This software has real depth, spanning two CD-ROMs. Kids feel like they are part of a beautiful, interactive movie that is humorous but exciting.

Offered on three levels of difficulty, the foreign language games are cleverly sequenced to immerse children in a foreign language without overwhelming them. By using both visual and verbal cues, kids can easily begin to learn a second language. Players will learn the alphabet and letter sounds in the second language as well as hundreds of vocabulary words. They will learn about adjectives and verbs, and create sentences.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the new words they learned. Practice using the new words, in French or Spanish, outside of the game.

Game details

Platforms:Windows, Mac
Available online?Not available online
Release date:November 24, 2003
ESRB rating:E for

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