Tivola Publishing, creators of children’s CD-ROMs, has signed a deal to use the Peanuts cartoon characters in educational CD-ROMs.
The CDs will be used in a non-curricular sense, focusing more on social skills, Tivola Publishing’s Eve Seber told MacCentral. The titles will definitely be Mac compatible, as are the company’s five new releases featured at this week’s National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) in Chicago. The titles are: Millie Meter’s Nutrition Adventure: Millie Meter, a curious girl with the ability to shrink, takes 4-8-year-olds on a journey through the digestive system. Mille Meter and Her Adventures in the Oak Tree: The tiny heroine checks out the roots, trunk and the very top of a tree, uncovering six hidden games along the way. Max and the Magician: A wicked witch has transformed Max’s best friend, Mervin, into a toilet brush. Max, the intrepid puppy, and players 3-7 work to find the seven elements of the spell in order to help change him back. Masters of the Elements: A 3D animated adventure, for ages 8 and up, is full of physics-based challenges, games of skill, puzzles and experiments. The aim of the game is to help the Masters recover their magical powers through brainpower, endurance and dexterity. Physicus: A meteorite has hit the planet, causing it to stop rotating around its axis. Players must gain the necessary knowledge to start the world rotating again. As they journey through a fantasy landscape, kids are confronted with a series of physics-based riddles, scientific problems, and conundrums left as clues by the disaster’s survivors.
The Peanuts characters won’t be making their Tivola appearance until next February. As for Mac OS X plans, the company hasn’t announced any yet. Seber said Tivola tried to keep system requirements low to accommodate older systems that many children and school systems use. For instance, some of the new titles can run on System 7.1.