Picks and Pans Review: Cities Under the Sea

updated 11/13/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/13/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

Jean-Michel Cousteau, the estranged son of Jacques, can agree with his father about one thing: the value of using new technology to educate the public about the ocean's wonders. (The elder Cousteau is suing his son over his use of the family name for a Fiji resort.) Jean-Michel's CD-ROM Cities Under the Sea, the first in a four-part series he is developing on the environment, takes users into the ocean's depths exploring the vibrant lives of coral reefs. You navigate the program by operating a virtual submarine that carries you to various underwater locations. A click of the mouse lets you hop along the ocean floor, looking up technical terms as you go along. The photographs of fish and plant life that make up the reefs are surprisingly vivid compared to the often poor quality of most CD-ROM pictures. Cousteau has come a long way from the days of his dad's handheld underwater camera. (CD-ROM for PC, Enteractive, $49.95)

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