The Software Toolworks, Inc.


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.

Also Known As

  • Software Country (from 1980 to 1986)


Mario's Early Years: CD-ROM Collection(1995)
Al Unser Jr.'s Road to the Top (1994)
Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing! for Kids(1994)
Mario's Early Years: Fun with Numbers(1994)
Space Shuttle(1994)
Mario's Early Years: Preschool Fun(1994)
NCAA Football(1994)
Ultimate Domain(1994)
Maniac Sports(1994)
Software Toolworks Game Pack III, The(1993)
Chessmaster 4000 Turbo, The(1993)
Software Toolworks' Star Wars Chess, The(1993)
Evasive Action(1993)
Mario's Early Years: Fun With Letters(1993)
Capitol Hill(1993)
Mario's Time Machine(1993)
LucasArts Mac CD Game Pack(1993)
LucasArts Mac CD Game Pack II(1993)
Software Toolworks CD ROM Challenge Pack, The(1993)
Ultima I-VI Series(1992)
Secret of Monkey Island, The(1992)
Mario is Missing!(1992)
Chessmaster 3000, The(1991)
Game Pak I(1991)
Wing Commander & Ultima VI: The False Prophet(1991)
Software Toolworks CD Game Pack II, The(1991)
Big Deal, the(1991)
Miracle Piano Teaching System, The(1990)
Life & Death II: The Brain(1990)
Games People Play: Gin ∙ Cribbage ∙ Checkers ∙ Backgammon, The(1990)
Cribbage King / Gin King(1989)
Bruce Lee Lives(1989)
Beyond the Black Hole(1989)
Chessmaster, The(1989)
Software Toolworks CD Game Pack, The(1989)
HeadStart Fun Pac(1989)
Hunt for Red October, The(1988)
Life & Death(1988)
Fidelity Chessmaster 2100, The(1988)
Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing!(1987)
Chessmaster 2000, The(1986)
Golden Oldies: Volume 1 - Computer Software Classics(1985)


Company address (ca 1988):

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

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