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The Playroom

DOS - 1989

Also available on: Mac

Released in
United States
Pre-school / Toddler
Brøderbund Software, Inc.
Brøderbund Software, Inc.
4.89 / 5 - 9 votes

Description of The Playroom

The Playroom is designed to encourage children's curiosity and then reward it with new discoveries. All the scenes take place in a child's bedroom where the child clicks on a variety of different pictures that lead into an activity or animates the picture.

For example, if you click on the computer which is in the playroom, it will lead the child to a big computer with all the letter keys. If you hit a letter, the computer will show the child the lower and upper case letter. This enables the child to be able to recognize that letters may be the same, but look different. There are very good graphics on this program. The pictures are all colorful and clear. The sound is optional for the program. It could be turned on or off. There is a light, happy, repetitive melody which kids could hum to as they are working with the program.

The two hosts, Ginger and Pepper also speak along with many of the animals. The program allows for printing for the ABC book and the mixed up toy scene. If a child gets confused, there is online help throughout the whole program. There are multiple activities available. The picture above shows all the active activities. For example, if you click in the ring on the floor, it will show the child 3-d objects. The fish will sing if you click on it and the clock will show different times if you click on that. The little door in the lower right hand corner allows the child to return to the previous scene at all times. If you click on the block, they come to life and show an animation. If you click on the dragon, you can play with a combination of three body parts. This activity allows children to develop the skills of problem solving and creativity.

The mousehole is a counting game of three different levels. The first level is for children who can count to four. The second and the third levels are for the children who can count to six and nine. Also in the mosuehole, more than one person can play. The players are represented by a female, Ginger and a male, Pepper. This activity develops counting, number recognition, addition, subtraction, and problem solving skills. The ABC book is a picture of a house with four rooms. In this activity, the child chooses a letter at the top of the screen and this will show a picture that represents the letter picked. The ABC book helps kids with letter recognition, word recognition, creativity and vocabulary.

The spinner toy lets the child explore counting, word recognition, vocabulary and creativity. In this activity, the child picks a picture and then chooses a number. The number chosen will show the amount of pictures shown. For example, if the child clicked on a telephone and then clicked on the number two, then two telephones would appear.

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Comments and reviews

tyler 2016-07-19 0 point

where Can an I find 1995 version thanks josh

Sortinghat 2015-12-29 0 point DOS version

The top images show Look A Lot from The Treehouse!!! Broderbund when computers were fascinating and people were experimenting to see how far they could go as floppies were very limited on memory.

These games likely maxed out resources for the time because despite the game being 1989 if people had a computer at home odds were they were absolute minimums with barely enough power to turn the thing on.

Graphic/sound card you didn't just swap them out and do a fast install back then. You had to know basic command line DOS and then each game would have different requirements so you were always reconfiguring on the DOS card config before playing each game.

The Tree House would have TOTALLY different requirements then Humongous Entertainment games such as Putt Putt/Freddie

Rachel 2014-11-22 0 point Mac version

I LOVE this game!!! Thank you for saving it!!!

Meg 2014-07-28 0 point DOS version

LOVED this game as a kid!

DOS-kid 2014-05-05 0 point DOS version

Doesn't work. None of the app files will make this program run.

Nessasocks 2013-12-13 0 point DOS version


Caity 2013-05-01 0 point DOS version

omg memories!! where can i download the 1995 version? the disc is long gone!

Cherubingurl 2013-04-19 0 point DOS version

Seeing this again just made me cry...I had completely forgotten about it until now, and I used to spend all of my time playing as a kid. Thank you thank you thank you!!!!

rom831 2013-02-09 0 point DOS version

I loved this game as a child, and I''m thrilled that my children will now be able to enjoy it.

SmartOne 2010-04-22 0 point DOS version

Does anyone have the 1993, VGA version? I lost all the discs and am missing one file!


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