Maya the Bee: What a Thunderstorm

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Maya the bee composes a rain dance unleashing a storm that blows away Willy's cap. He has just received it as a present from Lady Cassandra, so you will need to get it back. During the quest, you have to help the other animals that have got in trouble because of the rain. All the familiar characters make an appearance: Maya, Willy, Ms. Cassandra, Grimelda, Flip the Grasshopper, the guards and many more.

The game is intended for children from three to six and consists of eight minigames linked by a plot. There are three difficulty levels and each game trains different aspects: memory, timing, hand-eye coordination, logic or ecology. The entire game is programmed in Macromedia Director and requires Quicktime for some animations.

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Maya the Bee: What a Thunderstorm Windows Willy fell down a hole and heads back up through a maze.
Maya the Bee: What a Thunderstorm Windows You need a steady hand to free Maya from the spider's web.
Maya the Bee: What a Thunderstorm Windows Scenes from the intro movie
Maya the Bee: What a Thunderstorm Windows Follow the instructions to build a solid tower.

Alternate Titles

  • "Maya l'abeille: Tempête dans la prairie" -- French title
  • "Maya de bij in de grote storm" -- Dutch title
  • "Die Biene Maja: Das große Gewitter" -- German title
  • "Abeja Maya y la lluvia" -- Spanish title

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Trivia

What a Thunderstorm is based on the children's books Die Biene Maja und ihre Abenteuer (The Adventures of Maya the Bee) and Himmelsvolk (People in the sky) by German author Waldemar Bonsels. The book was first published in 1912 and the stories were later adapted into 55 cartoon episodes that have aired from 1975 to 1992. There was a Broadway play as well.

At first sight, the plot may seem superficial, but it has a much deeper mystical layer showing the unity of all creation and its relationship to God and nature. This was portrayed more explicitly in Bonsels' later work.
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