History VideoGame / LivingBooks

2nd Apr '16 3:32:31 AM Morgenthaler
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* '''''[[AesopsFables The Tortoise and the Hare]]''''' (1993)

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* '''''[[AesopsFables '''''[[Literature/AesopsFables The Tortoise and the Hare]]''''' (1993)
19th Mar '16 4:13:57 PM kablammin45
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* FollowTheLeader: A ''ton''. Living Books completely changed the face of {{Edutainment Game}}s, so naturally many followed suit of varying results. In fact, this is what most of the cheaply done edutainment titles consisted of during the mid-to-late 90s and early 2000s. Many of them weren't even books to begin with. Specific examples:
** The Disney Animated Storybooks, which adapted various Disney films into interactive books. Some of these were ''Disney/TheLionKing'' and ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians''. Ironically, Media Station developed some of these titles, and would later go on to make ''D.W. the Picky Eater'', which was an ''actual'' Living Book, and would also be the OddballInTheSeries.
** GT Interactive did various ''[[Literature/LittleCritter Mercer Mayer]]'' stories, such as ''Just Me and My Mom'', ''Just Me and My Dad'', and ''Little Monster Private Eye: The Smelly Mystery''. These were arguably some of the better clones though, as they made it less of an interactive book and more of a game.
** Some of the ''Series/SesameStreet'' {{Licensed Game}}s were interactive books.
** The ''Magic Tales'' series was a take on classic foreign folk tales rather than children's books, and were made by Davidson & Associates and Animation Magic. Yes, [[VideoGame/IMMeen that]] [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaCDiGames Animation Magic.]]
** Also released by Davidson was the ''Puddle Books'' series from Creator/FisherPrice which consisted of six original stories which had an activity on each page you can "jump" into. Another one of the better clones due to its humor and wide variety of activities.
** There's Creator/TheBBC's attempt at making one in 1997's [[WesternAnimation/NoddysToylandAdventures Noddy: The Magic of Toytown]].
** Packard Bell created a few interactive storybooks and bundled them with their computers in the mid-to-late 90s.
** Even Creator/{{Sierra}} got in on the act with ''Slater & Charlie Go Camping'', about two dinosaurs, one of which originated from a remake of their earlier game ''Oil's Well'', [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin going camping.]]


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* MultipleEndings: Not so much from the stories themselves, but the two bonus board game mini-games included in ''Arthur's Reading Race'' and ''Arthur's Computer Adventure'' had these chosen by the player who won:
** In ''Reading Race'', Arthur or D.W. reach the ice cream shop and the player simply chooses one of several quirky ice cream flavors. No ending is really treated better than any of the others.
** ''Computer Adventure'' (where Arthur and Buster race to find hidden treasure) has more defined endings (via a SpinningPaper headline) depending on how Arthur or Buster uses their recently discovered treasure, via the player clicking on ideas in a thought balloon: A lollipop, a teddy bear, a building, an island, a gift box, and a pile of treasure.
*** GoldenEnding: Clicking the gift box or the building results in Arthur/Buster giving their wealth away to the general public or donating it to the museum respectively.
*** HappyEnding: Clicking the teddy bear or the island results in Arthur/Buster either buying toys or building an amusement park for the enjoyment of their friends and family.
*** BittersweetEnding: Clicking the lollipop results in Arthur/Buster opening a huge candy store in town. Everyone enjoys it, but then Arthur/Buster's dental health deteriorates.
*** DownerEnding: Clicking the treasure pile results in Arthur/Buster deciding to keep the treasure all to themselves; locking themselves in their bedroom with the treasure and [[PooledFunds swimming in it]] [[WesternAnimation/DuckTales Scrooge McDuck]]-style. Everyone expresses disappointment in Arthur/Buster for not doing more with their newfound wealth and Arthur/Buster [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking miss their favorite dessert]] because their treasure blocked their door. A subtle moral about sharing your benefits with others ensues.
29th Feb '16 1:49:16 PM Prfnoff
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'''''Living Books''''' was a series of interactive books with animation aimed at children[[note]]basically, proto-{{KineticNovel}}s (''not'' VisualNovels, as there is no semblance of choice involved)[[/note]] produced by Creator/{{Broderbund}} and distributed on CD-ROM for UsefulNotes/MicrosoftWindows and UsefulNotes/AppleMacintosh. The series began with the release of ''[[Literature/LittleCritter Just Grandma and Me]]'' (an adaptation of the book by Mercer Mayer) in 1992. Later, in 2012, several former Living Books employees formed Wanderful Interactive Storybooks and secured the rights to Living Books assets from owning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and have since released many of the games for modern [[UsefulNotes/IOSGames iOS]] and [[UsefulNotes/AndroidGames Android]] mobile devices, with Windows and Mac versions still on the horizon. The newer apps add a few new features such as an in-page interface for skipping directly to other pages, as well as the ability to switch between languages on the fly.

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'''''Living Books''''' ''Living Books'' was a series of interactive books with animation aimed at children[[note]]basically, proto-{{KineticNovel}}s (''not'' VisualNovels, as there is no semblance of choice involved)[[/note]] produced by Creator/{{Broderbund}} and distributed on CD-ROM for UsefulNotes/MicrosoftWindows and UsefulNotes/AppleMacintosh. The series began with the release of ''[[Literature/LittleCritter Just Grandma and Me]]'' (an adaptation of the book by Mercer Mayer) in 1992. Later, in 2012, several former Living Books employees formed Wanderful Interactive Storybooks and secured the rights to Living Books assets from owning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and have since released many of the games for modern [[UsefulNotes/IOSGames iOS]] and [[UsefulNotes/AndroidGames Android]] mobile devices, with Windows and Mac versions still on the horizon. The newer apps add a few new features such as an in-page interface for skipping directly to other pages, as well as the ability to switch between languages on the fly.



* EverythingsNuttierWithSquirrels: Lampshaded in ''TheBerenstainBears in the Dark''; a click point on Page 3 has a squirrel violently rock Mama Bear's chair back in forth, which causes her to respond with "Those nutty squirrels!"
18th Nov '15 11:44:38 PM YasminPerry
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* KineticNovel: The series could be considered a prototype version of this genre, despite coming out way before this term (or its related term, ''sound novel'') [[OlderThanTheyThink was even invented.]]
18th Nov '15 11:37:24 PM YasminPerry
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'''''Living Books''''' was a series of interactive books with animation at children[[note]]basically, proto-{{KineticNovel}}s (''not'' VisualNovels, as there is no semblance of choice involved)[[/note]] produced by Creator/{{Broderbund}} and distributed on CD-ROM for UsefulNotes/MicrosoftWindows and UsefulNotes/AppleMacintosh. The series began with the release of ''[[Literature/LittleCritter Just Grandma and Me]]'' (an adaptation of the book by Mercer Mayer) in 1992. Later, in 2012, several former Living Books employees formed Wanderful Interactive Storybooks and secured the rights to Living Books assets from owning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and have since released many of the games for modern [[UsefulNotes/IOSGames iOS]] and [[UsefulNotes/AndroidGames Android]] mobile devices, with Windows and Mac versions still on the horizon. The newer apps add a few new features such as an in-page interface for skipping directly to other pages, as well as the ability to switch between languages on the fly.

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'''''Living Books''''' was a series of interactive books with animation aimed at children[[note]]basically, proto-{{KineticNovel}}s (''not'' VisualNovels, as there is no semblance of choice involved)[[/note]] produced by Creator/{{Broderbund}} and distributed on CD-ROM for UsefulNotes/MicrosoftWindows and UsefulNotes/AppleMacintosh. The series began with the release of ''[[Literature/LittleCritter Just Grandma and Me]]'' (an adaptation of the book by Mercer Mayer) in 1992. Later, in 2012, several former Living Books employees formed Wanderful Interactive Storybooks and secured the rights to Living Books assets from owning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and have since released many of the games for modern [[UsefulNotes/IOSGames iOS]] and [[UsefulNotes/AndroidGames Android]] mobile devices, with Windows and Mac versions still on the horizon. The newer apps add a few new features such as an in-page interface for skipping directly to other pages, as well as the ability to switch between languages on the fly.
18th Nov '15 11:36:24 PM YasminPerry
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'''''Living Books''''' was a series of interactive books with animation at children[[note]]basically, proto-KineticNovels (''not'' VisualNovels, as there is no semblance of choice involved)[[/note]] produced by Creator/{{Broderbund}} and distributed on CD-ROM for UsefulNotes/MicrosoftWindows and UsefulNotes/AppleMacintosh. The series began with the release of ''[[Literature/LittleCritter Just Grandma and Me]]'' (an adaptation of the book by Mercer Mayer) in 1992. Later, in 2012, several former Living Books employees formed Wanderful Interactive Storybooks and secured the rights to Living Books assets from owning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and have since released many of the games for modern [[UsefulNotes/IOSGames iOS]] and [[UsefulNotes/AndroidGames Android]] mobile devices, with Windows and Mac versions still on the horizon. The newer apps add a few new features such as an in-page interface for skipping directly to other pages, as well as the ability to switch between languages on the fly.

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'''''Living Books''''' was a series of interactive books with animation at children[[note]]basically, proto-KineticNovels proto-{{KineticNovel}}s (''not'' VisualNovels, as there is no semblance of choice involved)[[/note]] produced by Creator/{{Broderbund}} and distributed on CD-ROM for UsefulNotes/MicrosoftWindows and UsefulNotes/AppleMacintosh. The series began with the release of ''[[Literature/LittleCritter Just Grandma and Me]]'' (an adaptation of the book by Mercer Mayer) in 1992. Later, in 2012, several former Living Books employees formed Wanderful Interactive Storybooks and secured the rights to Living Books assets from owning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and have since released many of the games for modern [[UsefulNotes/IOSGames iOS]] and [[UsefulNotes/AndroidGames Android]] mobile devices, with Windows and Mac versions still on the horizon. The newer apps add a few new features such as an in-page interface for skipping directly to other pages, as well as the ability to switch between languages on the fly.
18th Nov '15 11:36:04 PM YasminPerry
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'''''Living Books''''' was a series of interactive books with animation at children[[note]] basically, proto-KineticNovel's (''not'' visual novels, as their is no semblance of choice involved)[[/note]] produced by Creator/{{Broderbund}} and distributed on CD-ROM for UsefulNotes/MicrosoftWindows and UsefulNotes/AppleMacintosh. The series began with the release of ''[[Literature/LittleCritter Just Grandma and Me]]'' (an adaptation of the book by Mercer Mayer) in 1992. Later, in 2012, several former Living Books employees formed Wanderful Interactive Storybooks and secured the rights to Living Books assets from owning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and have since released many of the games for modern [[UsefulNotes/IOSGames iOS]] and [[UsefulNotes/AndroidGames Android]] mobile devices, with Windows and Mac versions still on the horizon. The newer apps add a few new features such as an in-page interface for skipping directly to other pages, as well as the ability to switch between languages on the fly.

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'''''Living Books''''' was a series of interactive books with animation at children[[note]] basically, proto-KineticNovel's children[[note]]basically, proto-KineticNovels (''not'' visual novels, VisualNovels, as their there is no semblance of choice involved)[[/note]] produced by Creator/{{Broderbund}} and distributed on CD-ROM for UsefulNotes/MicrosoftWindows and UsefulNotes/AppleMacintosh. The series began with the release of ''[[Literature/LittleCritter Just Grandma and Me]]'' (an adaptation of the book by Mercer Mayer) in 1992. Later, in 2012, several former Living Books employees formed Wanderful Interactive Storybooks and secured the rights to Living Books assets from owning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and have since released many of the games for modern [[UsefulNotes/IOSGames iOS]] and [[UsefulNotes/AndroidGames Android]] mobile devices, with Windows and Mac versions still on the horizon. The newer apps add a few new features such as an in-page interface for skipping directly to other pages, as well as the ability to switch between languages on the fly.
18th Nov '15 11:34:51 PM YasminPerry
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'''''Living Books''''' was a series of interactive animated multimedia children's books produced by Creator/{{Broderbund}} and distributed on CD-ROM for UsefulNotes/MicrosoftWindows and UsefulNotes/AppleMacintosh. The series began with the release of ''[[Literature/LittleCritter Just Grandma and Me]]'' (an adaptation of the book by Mercer Mayer) in 1992. Later, in 2012, several former Living Books employees formed Wanderful Interactive Storybooks and secured the rights to Living Books assets from owning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and have since released many of the games for modern [[UsefulNotes/IOSGames iOS]] and [[UsefulNotes/AndroidGames Android]] mobile devices, with Windows and Mac versions still on the horizon. The newer apps add a few new features such as an in-page interface for skipping directly to other pages, as well as the ability to switch between languages on the fly.

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'''''Living Books''''' was a series of interactive animated multimedia children's books with animation at children[[note]] basically, proto-KineticNovel's (''not'' visual novels, as their is no semblance of choice involved)[[/note]] produced by Creator/{{Broderbund}} and distributed on CD-ROM for UsefulNotes/MicrosoftWindows and UsefulNotes/AppleMacintosh. The series began with the release of ''[[Literature/LittleCritter Just Grandma and Me]]'' (an adaptation of the book by Mercer Mayer) in 1992. Later, in 2012, several former Living Books employees formed Wanderful Interactive Storybooks and secured the rights to Living Books assets from owning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and have since released many of the games for modern [[UsefulNotes/IOSGames iOS]] and [[UsefulNotes/AndroidGames Android]] mobile devices, with Windows and Mac versions still on the horizon. The newer apps add a few new features such as an in-page interface for skipping directly to other pages, as well as the ability to switch between languages on the fly.
14th Jul '15 10:13:32 AM Mikeyfan93
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** Also released by Davidson was the ''Puddle Books'' series from Creator/FisherPrice which consisted of six original stories which had an activity on each page you can "jump" into. Another one of the better clones due to its humor and wide variety of activities.
13th Jul '15 1:29:04 AM Mikeyfan93
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** Even Creator/{{Sierra}} got in on the act with ''Slater & Charlie Go Camping'', about two dinosaurs, one of which originated from a remake of their earlier game ''Oil's Well'', [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin going camping.]]
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