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 firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Name, Publisher & Developer: Pippi Longstocking Her Interactive, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Ahead Multimedia, Stockholm, Sweden
Release Date & Markets: March U.S.
Storyline Featuring the feisty red-haired heroine and other characters from the books by Astrid Lindgreen, this edutainment title offers three stories in which kids can play with Pippi in rooms where objects come to life. The product has been translated into 11 languages.
Platforms: Windows 95, Windows 3.1, Macintosh
Target Audience: 4 to 10
Promotion: -primarily public relations -is considering promotional efforts
Partial List of Retail Outlets & Estimated Street Price (US$): software stores and other outlets (names not available at press time) $24.95
- Name, Publisher & Developer: Star Trek Generations
Spectrum HoloByte, Alameda, California
Release Date & Markets April U.S. at launch, with international distribution to follow
Storyline: Following the storyline of the feature film of the same name, this action game unites the two captains of the U.S.S. Enterprise in a challenge to defeat the scientist Soran, who threatens to destroy star systems in his mission to re-enter the Nexus. The title features the voices of William Shatner as Captain Kirk, Patrick Stewart as Captain Picard and Malcolm McDowell as Soran, as well as those of other characters from the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Platforms: Windows 95
Target Audience: children and adults (age not specified)
Promotion: – endcap displays – cooperative advertising
Partial List of Retail Outlets & Estimated Street Price (US$): major retailers (names not available at press time) $55.00-$65.00
- Name, Publisher & Developer: Gubble Actual Entertainment, Santa Clara, California
Release Date & Markets: May U.S. and Canada (distributed by RandomSoft); previously launched in Germany (distributed by CDV Software) and the U.K. (by OmniMedia)
Storyline: This nonviolent action-strategy game challenges players to complete 150 levels presented in 3-D environments.
Platforms: Windows 95
Target Audience: 6-plus
Promotion: -public relations -showcasing the title at trade shows
Partial List of Retail Outlets & Estimated Street Price (US$): CompUSA, Computer City, Software Etc., Egghead Software, Circuit City, Best Buy $29.95