Blue's Clues (video game series)

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Blue's Clues
Developer(s)Humongous Entertainment
Publisher(s)Humongous Entertainment
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows

Many video games have been made based on the Blue's Clues television show. Blue's 123 Time Activities is a 1999 educational adventure game developed by Humongous Entertainment. The game works on Windows 95 and above, and on System 7.5.3 (with PowerPC) to Mac OS X Tiger. Blue's ABC Time Activities is a 1999 adventure educational video game based on the Blue's Clues TV series. It was developed and published by Humongous Entertainment. Blue's Clues: Blue's Art Time Activities is a 2000 educational video game developed by Humongous Entertainment, based on the Blue's Clues TV series. Blue's Reading Time Activities is a point and click adventure video game based on the Blue's Clues television show. The game was developed and published by Humongous Entertainment.

List of games[edit]

History[edit]

Blue's ABC Time Activities was debuted at the 1999 electronic entertainment exposition in Atlanta, and was set to hit shelves that September 1.[1] Business Wire called it " one of the most anticipated kids software debuts in recent memory".[2]

Gameplay[edit]

Blue's Reading Time Activities "teaches the basics of art" and allows players to create their own.[3] Players are invited to participate in the Really Big Art Show, while helping Blue and other characters create artworks.[3] The game offered "curriculum-structured learning".[4] The game was for children aged 3 to 10.[5]

Commercial performance[edit]

Together, Blue's Birthday Adventure and Blue's ABC Time Activities sold-through over 150,000 units in their first month of release, and were the second and third best selling educational titles.[6] The two titles became the No. 1 and No. 4 selling educational CD-ROM titles of 1998, respectively.[7] ABC was the fourth best-selling video game title in the week before January 3, 1999, after Barbie Photo Designer, Tomb Raider III, and Fallout 2,[8] and became the no. 3 best-selling title out of all PC games in the third quarter and nine months, ending December 31, 1998.[9] PC Data, which generated the sales data, commented "The popularity of the Blue Clue's CD-ROMs is evident from the incredible sales numbers it consistently generates".[10]

Critical reception[edit]

Blue's 123 Time Activities[edit]

The game was the winner of the 1999/00 BESSIE Award for Math.[11]

Blue's ABC Time Activities[edit]

SuperKids deemed it "pleasant" and said it would appeal to fans of the TV show.[12] Review Corner said the educational value was "excellent", while noting it was "entertaining and appealing for preschoolers".[13] Allgame deemed it a " very good package",[14]

PC Data reported that Blue's ABC Time Activities was the United States' best-selling educational software during 1998.[15]

Blue's Art Time Activities[edit]

Tech With Kids said the game wasn't as intuitive as previous titles.[16] Entertaining Kids thought a negative of the game was inability to provide a "good freeform art activity".[17]

Blue's Reading Time Activities[edit]

Tech With Kids thought the game was special because it taught word awareness, not simply the alphabet or letter sounds.[18] Discovery School thought the title was well-designed and entertaining.[19][20] Edutaining Kids thought the game was "clever".[21] Just Adventure gave the game an "A".[22] Daily News thought the game saw the host "gently walking players through graphically simple but engaging activities".[23] Allgame thought that "normally, the Blue's Clues[dead link] series of games are excellent", but found various technical difficulties with this title.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "KID NEWS". 1998-05-22. Archived from the original on 2016-10-08. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ "Finally, Preschool Software With A Clue! Humongous Entertainment And Nickelodeon Introduce Two New CD-ROMs Based on the Hit Preschool TV Show, Blue's Clues. - Free Online Library". www.thefreelibrary.com. Retrieved 2016-09-13.
  3. ^ a b "Blue's Art Time Activities and Blue's Reading Time Activities from Humongous Entertainment Combine Interactive Fun with Fundamental Learning. - Free Online Library". www.thefreelibrary.com. Retrieved 2016-09-13.
  4. ^ "Humongous Entertainment and Nickelodeon Bring Creativity and Learning Together with Blue's Art Time Activities and Blue's Reading Time Activities. - Free Online Library". www.thefreelibrary.com. Retrieved 2016-09-13.
  5. ^ "Humongous Entertainment Helps Bring Smiles to Children's Hospital & Regional Medical Center in Seattle. - Free Online Library". www.thefreelibrary.com. Retrieved 2016-09-13.
  6. ^ "Humongous Entertainment and Nickelodeon Soar to the Top of PC Data's Sales Charts With Blue's ABC Time Activities and Blue's Birthday Adventure CD-ROMs. - Free Online Library". www.thefreelibrary.com. Retrieved 2016-09-13.
  7. ^ "Humongous Entertainment and Nickelodeon Deliver Preschool Software Kids Can Count On With Blue's 123 Time Activities in June 1999. - Free Online Library". www.thefreelibrary.com. Retrieved 2016-09-13.
  8. ^ "CHARTS: THE TOP 10". 1999-01-03. Archived from the original on 2016-10-08. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  9. ^ "GT Interactive Reports Third Quarter and Nine Months Operating Results. - Free Online Library". www.thefreelibrary.com. Retrieved 2016-09-13.
  10. ^ "Top-Selling Blue's Clues CD-ROMs From Humongous Entertainment and Nickelodeon Surpass One Million Mark. - Free Online Library". www.thefreelibrary.com. Retrieved 2016-09-13.
  11. ^ "ComputED Gazette - 6th Annual BESSIE Awards". computedgazette.com. Retrieved 2016-09-13.
  12. ^ "SuperKids Software Review of Blue's ABC Time Activities". www.superkids.com. Retrieved 2016-09-13.
  13. ^ "DiscoverySchool.com - Review Corner". 2003-12-18. Archived from the original on 2003-12-18. Retrieved 2016-09-13.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  14. ^ "Blue's Clues: Blue's ABC Time Activities - Review - allgame". 2014-11-15. Archived from the original on 2014-11-15. Retrieved 2016-09-13.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2001-05-25. Retrieved 2001-05-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ "Blue's Art Time Activities Review - TechWithKids.com".
  17. ^ "Edutaining Kids: Blue's Art Time Activities Software Review".
  18. ^ "Blue's Reading Time Activities Review - TechWithKids.com". www.techwithkids.com. Retrieved 2016-09-13.
  19. ^ "DiscoverySchool.com - Review Corner". school.discoveryeducation.com. Retrieved 2016-09-13.
  20. ^ "Blue's Reading Time Activities - Review Corner". 2004-04-05. Archived from the original on 2004-04-05. Retrieved 2016-09-13.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  21. ^ "Children: Learn to Read Programs". www.edutainingkids.com. Retrieved 2016-09-13.
  22. ^ "Review: Blue's Reading Time Activities". 2002-02-21. Archived from the original on 2002-02-21. Retrieved 2016-09-13.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  23. ^ "TOY, LEARNING TOOL, FRIEND IT'S THE GIFT THAT NEVER STOPS GIVING TO YOUR CHILD: A NEW COMPUTER, SOFTWARE. - Free Online Library". www.thefreelibrary.com. Retrieved 2016-09-13.
  24. ^ "Blue's Clues: Blue's Reading Time Activities - Review - allgame". 2014-12-12. Archived from the original on 2014-12-12. Retrieved 2016-09-13.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)

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