Wednesday, April 3, 2013

More info on the Gamebreak Sampler

When I posted about my Compudyne 575HD, I mentioned that one of the games installed on it was a demo for Disney Interactive's Gamebreak! games, Timon and Pumbaa's Jungle Games and The Hunchback of Notre Dame Topsy-Turvy Games. This was known as the "Gamebreak! Sampler". I originally thought it came with the computer, but my dad said it didn't. Now, I believe I know where it came from: Burger King.

Yes, you read that correctly.

When I was a kid, I was a member of the Burger King Kids' Club. I remember they had different toys for The Hunchback of Notre Dame (both puppets and little figures that... walked or something), and of course, one of the games in the Gamebreak! Sampler was based on The Hunchback of Notre Dame. I figured that this could be a coincidence, but it was more likely to be this than, say, a prize in a cereal box (which would have been a loose CD-ROM, whereas this came in a cheap-o cardboard case).

Sure enough, after doing some Google searches I found that in 1995, Disney partnered with Burger King to bring some of their Disney Interactive titles to Burger King Kids' Club members through the mail. These titles included the Animated Storybooks, and I'm almost positive the Gamebreak! line as well. Still, now that I have the full versions of both, it would be sort of stupid to want the Burger King demo disc, right?

Wrong. Since I'm a collector of vintage computers and computer-related stuff (and this sampler CD is obscure anyway, right?), I am trying to see if I can find this thing. If it turns out I'm wrong, and this was in fact not from Burger King... well, I'll keep looking anyway. Plus, I think the little screen at the beginning where you choose a game is neat. I'll keep you posted!

Oh yeah, and I'm really sorry about not mentioning the Magic Touch Books yet, but I've been really busy and there's not a lot to say about them since I don't have any anymore. But I'll talk about them soon, don't worry.


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