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CD-ROM Roundup

CD-ROM Roundup is a regular KidScreen feature that profiles CD-ROMs aimed at children anywhere from preschool to late teen that will be hitting retail stores in the coming months. By Andrea Haman (416-408-2300 (phone), 416-408-0870 (fax) or haman@brunico.com)...
January 1, 1997

CD-ROM Roundup is a regular KidScreen feature that profiles CD-ROMs aimed at children anywhere from preschool to late teen that will be hitting retail stores in the coming months. By Andrea Haman (416-408-2300 (phone), 416-408-0870 (fax) or haman@brunico.com)

Name: Animal Planet

Publisher: Discovery Channel Multimedia, Bethesda, Maryland

Developer: Mindsai Productions, Seattle, Washington

Release Date: February (kicked off exclusively in Discovery Channel Stores and The Nature Company Stores last October)

Markets: U.S. and other English-speaking markets worldwide

Storyline: Inspired by Discovery Networks’ Animal Planet network, the CD-ROM takes children on a wildlife adventure in which they can learn about more than 1,100 creatures. The title also ties in to the Bio Web, an Internet connection to over 1,000 prescreened animal-related Web sites, to be updated quarterly.

Platforms: Windows 95, Windows 3.1

Target Audience: 9-plus

Promotion:

-television advertising on Discovery Channel networks

-print advertising

-is planning a cross-promotion with another company

Partial List of Retail Outlets: CompUSA, Best Buy, Computer City, Electronics Boutique, Media Play

Estimated Price (US$): $35.00

Name: Top of the Key:

Name: The Slam Dunk Typing Teacher

Publisher: MaryBoies software, Armont, New York

Developer: Learn Technologies Interactive, New York, New York

Release Date: February

Markets: Worldwide distribution (by Philips Media and Carvajal), U.S, Canada (distributed by Time Warner Electronic Publishing)

Storyline: In this educational title, children learn and practise typing skills through a series of basketball drills and games. The product features seven drills, each with 10 skill levels designed to teach accuracy, rhythm and speed.

Platforms: Windows 95, Windows 3.1, Macintosh

Target Audience: 8-plus

Promotion:

-product sample sent to typing teachers using CD-ROMs in schools throughout the U.S.

-print advertising in trade publications

-Web site featuring a demo (www.pathfinder.com/twep/products/tok)

-promotional kits mailed to retailers and media

Partial List of Retail Outlets: Babbage’s, Computer City, CompUSA, Barnes & Noble, Noodle Kidoodle

Estimated Price (US$): $29.95

Name: A Fork in the Tale

Publisher: AnyRiver Entertainment, San Francisco, California

Developer: Advance Reality, San Anselmo, California

Release Date: February

Markets: U.S. and Canada at launch

Storyline: In this live-action, five-CD game, players attempt to save the island of Eseveron. Comedian, actor and Saturday Night Live alumnus Rob Schneider provides the voice of the main character. This is the first title from the two-year-old publisher.

Platforms: Windows 95

Target Audience: 13-plus

Promotion:

-distribution of more than

1.5 million demo disks to

consumers in gaming

magazines, to the media and to retail outlets

-is considering an on-line contest

Partial List of Retail Outlets: Computer City, Babbage’s, CompUSA, Electronics Boutique, Best Buy

Estimated Price (US$): $44.95

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