Tag Archives: Edutainment

#719 – Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?

                                               Carmen Sandiego has pissed off people through the ages. That’s impressive.                                                                                                                                            Spanish conquistadors were jerks.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Konami DEVELOPER: Distinctive Entertainment GENRE: Edutainment RELEASE DATE: October 1991   Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? is not a rhetorical question. The goal of the game is to travel through … Continue reading #719 – Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?

#667 – Tiny Toon Adventures: Cartoon Workshop

                                                                                                                             “Cut! Cut! This is all wrong, all wrong!”                                                                                                                                          Uh… Furball? You all right there?   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Konami DEVELOPER: Novotrade GENRE: Edutainment RELEASE DATE: December 1992   Tiny Toon Adventures: Cartoon Workshop is the type of pseudo-edutainment game one expects on the PC, not the NES. As the subtitle … Continue reading #667 – Tiny Toon Adventures: Cartoon Workshop

#556/557 – Sesame Street: 123 AND Sesame Street: ABC/123

                                                                                           My final Sesame Street game. A moment of silence.                                                                                                                                                        You crazy for this one, Ernie.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Hi-Tech Expressions DEVELOPER: Rare GENRE: Edutainment RELEASE DATE: January 1989   Not to be confused with Sesame Street: ABC or the aborted time-traveling disco sequel Sesame Street: 456*, 123 is the … Continue reading #556/557 – Sesame Street: 123 AND Sesame Street: ABC/123

#555 – Sesame Street: Countdown

  The Count bends down and whispers in your child’s ear. Also, no seven-year-old would want to play this game.                                                                    Countdown might look complex, but it is anything but.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Hi-Tech Expressions DEVELOPER: RSP GENRE: Edutainment RELEASE DATE: February 1992   Sesame Street: Countdown stars yours and my favorite … Continue reading #555 – Sesame Street: Countdown

#554 – Sesame Street: Big Bird’s Hide & Speak

                                                                                                                              Big Bird talks and plays at you, rather.                                                                    “The waning sun will put an end to your spelling fun”… that’ll be five dollars.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Hi-Tech Expressions DEVELOPER: RSP GENRE: Edutainment RELEASE DATE: October 1990   Put your thinking caps on for this preschool throwback. It’s time to … Continue reading #554 – Sesame Street: Big Bird’s Hide & Speak

#553 – Sesame Street: ABC

                                                                                                                                            Age 6 is pushing it, Hi- Tech.                                                           Ernie’s Super Fun Splash. Warning: the term “Super Fun” is super subjective.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Hi-Tech Expressions DEVELOPER: Rare GENRE: Edutainment RELEASE DATE: September 1989   If you’ve ever wanted to guide a rubber ducky to a lonesome, bathtub-engulfed Ernie, or detach … Continue reading #553 – Sesame Street: ABC

#417 – Mickey’s Safari in Letterland

                                                                                                                               Mickey TALKS! Man, does he talk…                                                                                                                       Poaching is one of Mickey’s many talents.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Hi-Tech Expressions DEVELOPER: Beam Software GENRE: Edutainment/Early Childhood RELEASE DATE: March 1993   Before Mickey decided that capturing numbers was more his bag, he traveled all across Letterland in search of the missing … Continue reading #417 – Mickey’s Safari in Letterland

#416 – Mickey’s Adventure in Numberland

                                                                                                                                 From ages dumb to vaguely aware.                                                         Mickey brushing up on his b-ball while trying to find the number 1. PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Hi-Tech Expressions DEVELOPER: Beam Software GENRE: Edutainment RELEASE DATE: March 1994   Mickey as a character is an open canvas, a lifeless, albeit recognizable, personality. His amorphous identity … Continue reading #416 – Mickey’s Adventure in Numberland

#397 – Mario’s Time Machine

  Mario blissfully ignores Abraham Lincoln’s cries to turn the time machine around and pretend this game never existed.                                                            Ugh. They couldn’t even get the original Mario Bros. layout correct.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Software Toolworks DEVELOPER: Radical Entertainment GENRE: Edutainment RELEASE DATE: June 1994   Less than a year after Mario’s … Continue reading #397 – Mario’s Time Machine

#396 – Mario is Missing

                                            This cover makes Luigi look like an absolute idiot. HE’S RIGHT BEHIND YOU!                                               Excuse me, officer? I’d like to report a missing person – officer? OFFICER?!   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Software Toolworks DEVELOPER: Radical Entertainment GENRE: Edutainment/Adventure RELEASE DATE: July 1993   Mario is missing, alright, along with the typical … Continue reading #396 – Mario is Missing

#184 – Donkey Kong Jr. Math

                                                                                                                        “Education”     This is the game that no one asked for. Even Donkey Kong Jr.’s albino brother wants no part of the insanity.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: Nintendo GENRE: Edutainment RELEASE DATE: October 1985   Is Donkey Kong Jr … Continue reading #184 – Donkey Kong Jr. Math

#144 – Color a Dinosaur

                                                     This kind of fun won’t go extinct because it’s dead on arrival.                                                                                                      I dub thee crapasaurus   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Virgin Interactive DEVELOPER: Farsight Technologies GENRE: Edutainment RELEASE DATE: July 1993   Could Color a Dinosaur be the most boring game of all time? Only if Train, 3 Doors Down, … Continue reading #144 – Color a Dinosaur