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• 10/26/2018

Certain audio files not working?

Previously I've uploaded a lot of .ogg audio files to the wiki for songs and voice samples mostly. At first, this seemed to work out fine, but I've noticed some of the audio files seemed to have stopped working - for me, at least. I wanted to check if anyone else is having the same problem?

Normally a .ogg file should show a bar with a play button - it seems that the one on the main page works fine for now. But these audio files (and some others) seem to not be working. And I've tried reuploading the files, but that didn't seem to fix anything.

https://jstart.wikia.com/wiki/File:Ad1_casey_voice.ogg

https://jstart.wikia.com/wiki/File:Ad1_frankie_voice.ogg

Depending on whether or not anyone else is having the same problem (could just be me, but seems unlikely), I will probably try to look into some kind of alternative for how we could host audio on the wiki.

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• 10/18/2018

New navigation tabs for subpages

I'm trying out something new for this wiki that I've seen on other wikis, which is a set of navigation tabs for articles with subpages. The navigation tabs are a series of tabs at the top of an article that let you easily see an article's subpages and go to them.


So far, I've only added them to a few pages, and I wanted to make a formal post about them before adding them to a lot more pages. The articles for JumpStart Adventures 4th Grade: Haunted Island and JumpStart Preschool (1999) currently have the tabber code across all of their subpages, so they're the best for previewing how it would work on other articles.


Feel free to leave comments and suggestions! My hope is that this would be a practical addition to the article pages, but I want to hear what other people think of them first.

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• 10/2/2018

The future of JumpStart - heading in the right direction?

Looking at what JumpStart is doing now with this JumpStart Academy thing as well as what their social media is focusing on, it looks like they're focusing more on the educational value of their games again, as well as reintroducing some old characters such as Casey Cat and Dee Dee Duck. I think this seems like a promising sign that JumpStart is trying to focus on what initially made them great. Of course, time will tell what actually comes of all this. Any thoughts?

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• 7/3/2018

Jumpstart Advanced 1st Grade

Is there any way to find a file for this game for Windows?
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• 6/22/2018

Jumpstart Preschool '99 + ReactOS = ?

On a whim, I set up a virtual machine of an open-source Windows clone called ReactOS. Their current goal, I believe, is compatibility with Windows XP. I then thought of this site and decided a JumpStart game would be a good way to put it through its paces. The game I used here is the 2001 reprint of JumpStart Preschool 1999. Results will follow this post.
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• 6/19/2018

JS Autorun keeps throwing "DIB ERR" on opening.

I can't tell at the moment if this is because of Windows 10 or because of 64-bit Windows, but JumpStart's CD game autoruns just will not seem to work, all producing this very same error message. Anyone else having trouble like this?
Jumpstart Autorun Fails on Opening - YouTube www.youtube.com
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• 5/6/2018

Unused stuff from JumpStart games

Recently I've been looking for unused content in JumpStart games, and I'm adding my findings to a site called The Cutting Room Floor, which is a wiki-style site dedicated to gathering information about unused content in games.

Basically, unused content can refer to anything from images to videos, audio, text, dialogue and so forth - any elements of a game that can't be accessed, seen or heard by playing the game itself, but are still present in the game's files. It's similar to deleted scenes from a movie - content that, at one point, was intended to be part of the final product, but was ultimately cut for any number of reasons. With games, sometimes parts of a game that were never fully finished/implemented can still be contained in the game's files, left over from production.

All of the unused content related to JumpStart games that I and a few other people have found can be accessed here: https://tcrf.net/Category:JumpStart_series
Personally I find it to be a pretty interesting topic, so I thought I'd share it. I wasn't really sure if this stuff should go here on the wiki, so for now I was just putting on this site, since it's specifically intended for sharing unused content.
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• 5/5/2018

Gamebreaking bugs.

I was messing around my 5th grade savefile collecting optional lines for the transcript when I ran into a bug that crashed the game.

It involves replaying the bomb disposal activity from the progress report menu (the 'decimals' one) after you've completed the story. I know Jo breaks the 4th wall if you make the bomb blow up, but I've never actually experienced it myself because of how cautiously I've always played the activity.

So, on a 100% completed savefile, I deliberately ran into a defence android to trigger the bomb blowing up animation and the 4th wall break. But instead, the game froze on a black screen and I couldn't move my mouse, so I had to kill the game via task manager. I assume this is because on a completed save file, the game doesn't know where on the Hooverville map it should place the explosion animation.

I'm not sure though if this is something that's only happening to me. If anyone else out there has a completed savefile on their copy of 5th grade, would you mind testing if this bug also happens for you?

Also, I'm curious now. Are there any other known game crashing bugs in any of the other JumpStart games?
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• 4/27/2018

6th Grade Activities & Multiple Choice

I hadn't realized this until now (mainly because I haven't actually touched 6th grade in years,) but now that I'm thinking about it: Has anyone else ever noticed how an overwhelming majority of the activities in 6th grade are just straight up multiple choice? I can't help but think why is that the case?

My guess is it'd help with the multiple choice standardized testing that's common in the US, but 1) I've never lived in the US so I don't know if that's true, and 2) I'm not sure it was as prevalent in 1998 as it is now. Even then, if that was the case, I don't remember any other JS game being so heavy on the multiple choice. Off the top of my head, the only purely MC activities I can think of are Repsac's questions, and the switching on of the lights in Sapphire Falls.
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• 4/24/2018

Backgrounds from JumpStart games

I was wondering if there'd be a use for having 'background galleries' (or something like that) for displaying the backgrounds used in JumpStart games. By background I just mean the bottom-most layer of a certain screen, without any character sprites over top of it. I have some software that can extract certain types of image files, like .bmp files, so in cases where the backgrounds are stored as such in a game, I could find them and save them, and later upload to them to the wiki.
I can't say I've come across many wikis that have sections for background images, although I have found a few. So I just wanted to mention it, and see if other people think about it, and if this seems like it could be a worthwhile addition to the wiki.
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• 4/22/2018

Jumpstart Quest for the Color Meister

Does anyone know how to reset it? I played the game when I was much younger, and now I'm trying to restart the game so that my 6-year-old brother can play it from the beginning.
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• 4/16/2018

Dialogue Trees

Does anybody know if full dialogue trees for the games that have them (afaik 4th Grade: Sapphire Falls and 5th grade) are available anywhere online?

Also, if they're available, would everyone like to have pages made for them on here? (If they're in text form, I don't mind copypasting them. If they're in audio/video form, I can transcribe.)

If they're not available, I can try recording a full playthrough of 5th grade exhausting every single dialogue tree and transcribe from there (It might take a while though.) I can't find a copy of Sapphire Falls anywhere, even if my life depended on it, so if anyone owns a copy- would any of you like to shoot for that one?
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• 2/25/2018

Jump Start Preschool

I have an old windows 95 version but need to know how to get the windows 10 version ???
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• 1/20/2018

I can't put my mythie anywhere because "I don't have a mythie"

I have a Pegasus mythie and she wont let us do anything. training, nursery, and all that. I can feed in enchanted sanctuary but not in the mythie training grounds.
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• 12/18/2017

I Can't Save any artwork on JumpStart Artist

I loved playing JumpStart Artist in 5 years ago, and I used with a Virtual Machine on Windows. I played JS Artist on Windows 98 emulated with Windows Virtual PC.

I'm still back to Play JS Artist, and I drawn a picture, and I wanted to save it, but, the message says the Hard Drive is full, but I my Hard Drive Disk is not full anymore. I checked the Hard Drive properties and I have 119 GB free, and my RAM is 2 GB. I have the ISO file and I installed JumpStart Artist in some days ago. And is this possible if the ISO file isn't work?

I burned the ISO file with a CD-ROM Re-writable and I tested the Game with the CD-ROM Burned and the same problem is here.

I need a solution.

P.S. I'm new on the forum. My name is Tristan. Nice to meet you
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• 11/27/2017

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• 2/18/2017

Other educational games/media

Educational games made up a pretty large part of my childhood, and not just JumpStart either. So, just for fun I'd like to share some of them, and if anyone else wants to share some of their favorites I'd be interested in hearing about them!
So, here's some educational games I remember playing in my childhood:

The Blaster Learning Series - Another Knowledge Adventure title! I only played a few of the math/reading games, and I really enjoyed all of those. I really liked the various creative intergalatic settings the games took place in.
The ClueFinders - These games were great for keeping me invested in educational gaming well into my 3rd-6th grade school years. They usually involved a lot of fantasy and mystery elements that really sucked you into the story. I still have a major fondness for the ClueFinders 3rd Grade especially. It was my first ClueFinders game and I still think it has some of the most interesting visuals and characters of the whole series.
Trivia Munchers Deluxe - I remember playing this at my local library before I got my own copy. The wacky charcter designs are quite a bit of fun, and even though the game play is pretty simple it has a kind of charm to it.
Museum Madness - Here's an oldie, it had a pretty neat concept as you play as a kid who has to navigate a museum where the various exhibits come to life. I remember this game really delved into science and history, I'd say it was pretty handy at teaching useful concepts, especially for the higher elementary school grades.
Pajama Sam 3 - Never played any of the other Pajama Sam games, strangely enough, but this one was pretty fun with its charming art style and fun characters. It had a really bizarre premise, but it made good use of it to teach about food and nutrition (which is also an educational topic you don't really see in a lot of games.) It's certainly one-of-a-kind.
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• 1/11/2017

Jump Start World

Where can I find a working copy of Jump Start World?
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• 10/6/2016

Favorite Art Style(s)?

I've been thinking about how JumpStart has used a huge variety of different art styles in their games. With the 'classic' series, the art style changed with pretty much every game, and there's are distinct styles for the 'advanced' era, and modern releases.
Do you have any favorite art styles, from a particular era or game? Here are some of my thoughts:
1. While probably not my favorite style, I like how crisp and clean the Advanced series designs are. They have a very polished feel to them, especially in the promotional artwork for the games.
2. JumpStart Adventures 4th Grade Haunted Island has some likeably creepy character designs, very unique and memorable.
3. I also really like the 'pre-Advanced' designs that appeared in JumpStart Around the World and the videos Who Left the Juice in the Caboose?/Why Did the Bus Stop?. They've got kind of a cute and cuddly feeling to them, I guess.
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• 7/2/2016

JumpStart Voice Actors

Starting a thread to talk about JumpStart voice actors, feel free to comment!
Well, I'll start with one of my favorite characters, CJ. I especially like Kevin Schon's performance, he voiced CJ in the JumpStart Reading/Math for Second Graders games, and I *think* the original JumpStart 2nd Grade. There's just a kind of charm to his vocal performance, it's not too over the top and personally I think it fits CJ's personality in those games really well.
I also like the voice acting for Eleanor in the video JumpStart Preschool: Who Left the Juice in the Caboose?. I can't remember the name of the voice actress, but she appeared in a live-action song sequence towards the end of the video, and I think she also voiced Eleanor in JumpStart Around the World.
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