Megan Harlan
June 28, 1996 AT 04:00 AM EDT

With their dimension-bending paradoxes and interlocking figures, M.C. Escher’s drawings and paintings open up a dizzying world; and this mesmerizing CD-ROM acclimatizes you to that strange universe and then provokes your own creativity. Visit the gallery of more than 600 of Escher’s works organized chronologically (they get progressively weirder), browse a biographical slide show complete with two video clips of the Dutch artist at painstaking work, and master the aptly titled ”impossible puzzles” based on Escher’s geometric labyrinths. You’ll then be ready to create your own variations on Escher in an amply tooled paint space using a simple morphing program. Escher Interactive: Exploring the Art of the Infinite falls short as art criticism, but the interlinking of the many geeky-fun features is, well, Escheresque. A-

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