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JumpStart Games, Inc. (formerly Knowledge Adventure, Inc.) is an American edutainment game developer based in Torrance, California. Founded in 1991, it owns the Neopets virtual pet website, and is itself owned by Chinese holding company NetDragon Websoft.
|Knowledge Adventure, Inc. (1991–2012)|
|Predecessor||Davidson & Associates|
Number of employees
|Parent||NetDragon Websoft (2017–present)|
Until 1994, Knowledge Adventure had created DOS games, including Knowledge Adventure: The Game, Mario Teaches Typing, Isaac Asimov's Science Adventure, Space Adventure, Mario is Missing!, Dinosaur Adventure, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Mario's Time Machine Imax's Speed, Undersea Adventure, 3D Dinosaur Adventure, Isaac Asimov's Science Adventure II, America Adventure, Kid's Zoo: A Baby Animal Adventure, 3D Body Adventure, Space Adventure II, Aviation Adventure, Bug Adventure, Imax's Discoverers, Magic Theater, My First Encyclopedia, Mario's Game Gallery, Mario Teaches Typing 2, Lionel Trains Presents:Trans Con!, Zurk's Learning Safari and Zurk's Alaskan Trek.
On November 5, 1996, CUC International announced that it would acquire Knowledge Adventure and was completed on February 3, 1997, its Davidson & Associates subsidiary that CUC acquired in February 1996 will later merge with Knowledge Adventure in October 1998.
On May 28, 1997, CUC International announced plans to merge with Hospitality Franchise Systems to create a single, "one-stop" entity. The merger was finalized in December that year and created Cendant. As a result of the merger, CUC Software was renamed Cendant Software. On November 20, 1998, French media company Havas (later acquired by water utility Vivendi) announced that it would acquire Cendant Software for $800 million in cash and up to $200 million contingent on the performance of Cendant Software. Subsequently, the division was renamed Havas Interactive.
During that time, Knowledge Adventure released many branded games such as JumpStart, Dr. Brain, Fisher-Price, Barbie, Bear in the Big Blue House, Blaster, Teletubbies, Noddy, Jurassic Park III, Captain Kangaroo, Curious George and American Idol.
In October 2004, Vivendi sold Knowledge Adventure to a group of investors interested in taking a more active management strategy, and in developing new educational software. The company has since released new products under both the JumpStart and Math Blaster brands.
In October 2012, Knowledge Adventure changed its name to JumpStart Games.
Back-catalog digital re-releasesEdit
On November 25, 2014, five Knowledge Adventure titles were re-released digitally as DRM-Free exclusives on ZOOM-Platform.com through a partnership between JumpStart Games and the Jordan Freeman Group. The five titles included 3D Body Adventure, 3D Dinosaur Adventure, Dinosaur Adventure (Original), Space Adventure, and Undersea Adventure.
On March 6, 2015, another Knowledge Adventure title, Bug Adventure, was re-released digitally as a DRM-Free exclusive on ZOOM-Platform.com. This title was also released through the partnership between JumpStart and the Jordan Freeman Group. ZOOM-Platform.com indicated the game was released due to the "incredible reaction" they got to the first batch of Knowledge Adventure titles.
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