Software Toolworks, Inc., The

Moby ID: 8

  • Software Country (from 1980 to 1986)

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The Software Toolworks started in 1980 as a publisher of software for Heath/Zenith personal computers. Early products included MYCHESS, The Original Adventure, and the C/80 C compiler for CP/M. In 1994, The Software Toolworks acquired Mindscape, setting it up as its development studio.

The company is best known for their chess games and educational Mario titles. The Toolworks also created the Miracle Piano Teaching System.

The Software Toolworks is now a part of The Learning Company.

Credited on 57 Games from 1980 to 1995

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Mario's Early Years: CD-ROM Collection (1995 on DOS)
Al Unser Jr.'s Road to the Top (1994 on SNES)
Mario's Early Years: Fun with Numbers (1994 on DOS, SNES)
Mario's Time Machine (1994 on NES)
MegaRace (1994 on DOS, SEGA CD, 3DO...)
Evasive Action (1994 on DOS)
Maniac Sports (1994 on Windows 3.x, Macintosh)
Mario's Early Years: Preschool Fun (1994 on DOS, SNES)
Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing! for Kids (1994 on Windows 3.x)
NCAA Football (1994 on SNES, Genesis)
The Software Toolworks CD ROM Challenge Pack III (1994 on DOS, Windows 3.x)
Capitol Hill (1993 on Macintosh, Windows 3.x)
The New Chessmaster (1993 on Game Boy)
LucasArts Mac CD Game Pack (1993 on Macintosh)
LucasArts Mac CD Game Pack II (1993 on Macintosh)
Mario's Early Years: Fun With Letters (1993 on DOS, SNES)
Mario's Time Machine (1993 on DOS, Windows 3.x, SNES...)
Space Shuttle (1993 on 3DO, DOS)
The Chessmaster 4000 Turbo (1993 on Windows 3.x, Windows)
The Software Toolworks Adventure Pack (1993 on DOS)

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History +


The Learning Company, Software Toolworks and SSI sold to Gore Technology Group, which in turn sells them to UBI Soft.

April 8, 1994

The Software Toolworks, Inc. and Mindscape, Inc. are acquired by Pearson PLC for $462 million.


Software Toolworks acquires SSI


The Software Toolworks was renamed Mindscape.

August 1992

Roger Buoy, founder of Mindscape, Inc., is appointed CEO and Chairman of the Board of The Software Toolworks, Inc.

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Trivia +

Company address (ca 1993):

The Software Toolworks

60 Leveroni Ct

Novato, California 94949


Company address (ca 1988):

One Toolworks Plaza
13557 Ventura Boulevard
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
United States
Phone #: (818) 907-6789

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