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)
Publisher & Developer:
Release Date & Markets:
Partial List of Retail Outlets & Estimated Street Price (US$):
- Name: Mario Teaches Typing 2
Publisher & Developer: Brainstorm, Irvine, California
Release Date & Markets: late March, U.S. and other markets worldwide
Storyline: Mario, Luigi and the Princess, all of video game fame, star in this edutainment title with four levels, from beginner to expert. New features in this follow-up release include fresh interactive screens and movies, a color-coded Magical Keyboard and a guide book of typing tips.
Platforms: Windows 95, Windows 3.1, Macintosh
Target Audience: 6-plus
Promotion: -introductory offer at retail outlets of US$20 rebate off the product with the purchase of Drawing Discoveries or Chess Mates from Brainstorm; -Mario Teaches Typing 2 will appear in advertising for the Brainstorm family of products
Partial List of Retail Outlets: Best Buy, CompUSA, Babbage’s
Estimated Street Price (US$): $29.95
- Name: The Mystery of the Missing Princess
Publisher & Developer: OmniMedia, Ph’enix, Arizona
Release Date & Markets: April, U.S., France, Spain, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, U.K., Italy, Pan-Asia
Storyline: In their quest to rescue the missing Princess Abigail, players search for clues by completing activities such as mind teasers, audio puzzles, construction games and question-and-answer challenges.
Platforms: Windows 95
Target Audience: 6 to 11
Promotion: -print advertising -public relations
Partial List of Retail Outlets: Babbage’s, Best Buy, CompUSA, Computer City, Egghead Software, Nobody Beats the Wiz, Software Etc.
Estimated Street Price (US$): $49.95