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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)
Mario's Time Machine(1994)
Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing! for Kids(1994)
Mario's Early Years: Preschool Fun(1994)
Maniac Sports(1994)
Mario's Early Years: Fun with Numbers(1994)
Software Toolworks CD ROM Challenge Pack III, The(1994)
NCAA Football(1994)
Space Shuttle(1994)
Ultimate Domain(1994)
Software Toolworks' Star Wars Chess, The(1993)
Capitol Hill(1993)
Chessmaster 4000 Turbo, The(1993)
Software Toolworks CD ROM Challenge Pack, The(1993)
Mario's Time Machine(1993)
Evasive Action(1993)
LucasArts Mac CD Game Pack II(1993)
Mario's Early Years: Fun With Letters(1993)
LucasArts Mac CD Game Pack(1993)
Software Toolworks Game Pack III, The(1993)
Mario is Missing!(1992)
Secret of Monkey Island, The(1992)
Ultima I-VI Series(1992)
Software Toolworks CD Game Pack II, The(1991)
Wing Commander & Ultima VI: The False Prophet(1991)
Chessmaster 3000, The(1991)
Game Pak I(1991)
Big Deal, the(1991)
Life & Death II: The Brain(1990)
Games People Play: Gin ∙ Cribbage ∙ Checkers ∙ Backgammon, The(1990)
Miracle Piano Teaching System, The(1990)
Chessmaster, The(1989)
Cribbage King / Gin King(1989)
Beyond the Black Hole(1989)
Software Toolworks CD Game Pack, The(1989)
Bruce Lee Lives(1989)
HeadStart Fun Pac(1989)
Fidelity Chessmaster 2100, The(1988)
Life & Death(1988)
Hunt for Red October, The(1988)
Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing!(1987)
Chessmaster 2000, The(1986)
Golden Oldies: Volume 1 - Computer Software Classics(1985)
Space Pirates(1981)

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Company address (ca 1988):

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

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