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JumpStart Adventures 4th Grade: Haunted Island
JumpStart Adventures 4th Grade: Haunted Island was a personal computer game in Knowledge Adventure’s JumpStart series of educational software intended, as the title indicates, to teach a fourth grade curriculum.
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Can we please get this one fixed? Ive been wanted to play it but after downloading it says the file is corrupted.
could we please get this one fixed? Ive really wanted to play it but after downloading it says it’s corrupted.
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JumpStart Adventures: 4th Grade - Haunted Island
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Windows - 1996
Also released on: Windows 3.x
Description of JumpStart Adventures: 4th Grade - Haunted Island
JumpStart Adventures: 4th Grade - Haunted Island, a really nice educational game sold in 1996 for Windows, is available and ready to be played again! Also available on Windows 3.x, time to play an ecology / nature, geography, history, horror, math / logic, music, reading / writing and science video game title.
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panda 2023-07-02 1 point
i got it set up and mounted but it wont install. any advice?
Otter 2023-06-13 2 points Windows version
I had been running into issues installing this for a while, but finally got it working, so I want to share my process to help anyone else that may run into issues. 1) Download and install WinCDEmu ( https://wincdemu.sysprogs.org/ ) 2) After you've downloaded the Windows (NOT 3.x) version of the game, extract the files into a folder somewhere. 3) Right click on the file "JumpStart_4th_Grade.img", then select the option "Select drive letter & mount". Specify a letter drive you want the CD to virtually mount to. It's important that you always use this same letter when mounting this disk, as the installer is going to note this drive letter in a .ini file and will not boot the game if it doesn't see the CD in this drive. 4) Double click the disk, or start "AUTORUN.exe" and install the game to whatever location you would like. 5) Once the game is installed, you can go to the install location and start the game using "4G.EXE". 6) If the game is fullscreen, but in a small 4:3 box, right-click "4G.EXE", select "Properties", "Compatibility", then check the box that says "Run in 640x480 screen resolution". This should stretch the game to fill the screen (it will still be 4:3, just a bigger window size) 7) ENJOY!!
FRANANGRY 2023-04-13 0 point
idk why this game worked for 3 days and decided to stop working. Im so upset i cant play this game right now :(
Solfinder 2023-03-13 1 point
as Haunted island explained... 1. Download a game from AbandonWare (save the downloaded folder to the desktop to find it easily) 2. Download and install a virtual CD-Rom emulator (WinCDEmu) it's free and has no subscription. 3. Open the folder from step 1 then right-click on the "disk image file", or "ISO" file. select "open with" then select "choose another app", then select "WinCDEmu" to open the disk image file. 4. A pop up window should appear, make sure to choose, "open" then another pop up window will come up. 5. The next window leave all the options at defult then push open. your then able to install the game and play it! here is a complete guide! https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/complete-guide-installing-your-old-cd-games-windows-10-skyler-peacock
SHibooDLE 2022-05-04 1 point Windows version
I eventually got the game running. I ended up spending 3 or 4 hours figuring out how to set up a virtual machine to run Win98 because my laptop refused to run the installer.
Pearlite 2021-10-20 2 points
Sketch: I am playing the game on my Windows 7 computer. I will admit that the game does "freeze up" in the same places you mentioned, but for me it usually clears up and resumes to normal if I just let it sit for a minute while it tries to load instead of frantically trying to get it to respond. The game usually increases the level of a challenge following the successful completion at an earlier level, from Level 1 to Level 5 on most games. The Witch's Hat icon, as I mentioned earlier, can change levels, but you have to go all the way to Level 5 before cycling back to Level 1. (Jumpstart 3rd Grade's system was a little better, giving you all the level options at once). Of course, sometimes hovering my cursor over the Witch's Hat causes the aforementioned "stalling" issue. For me, when the game stalls, it usually comes back if I just wait patiently for it. I'm going to readily admit that Grunkel's games are tough, and the reason why I have no trouble beating the game is because I've had twenty-five years of practice getting really good at it; memorizing the layout of the island, learning all the answers and becoming a mental-math master. It's hard enough trying to solve problems while knowing you have to move quickly within a time limit or avoid monsters chasing you. It all depends on how much you enjoy a challenge, and if you have some really good strategies for out-maneuvering monsters and planting mutant plants. If you really want to win this game, you're going to really have to prove that you know your stuff. These games are not easily brute-forced and usually penalize guessing, but the only penalty for failing a challenge is having to start over, and you can do that as many times as you need to. (If there was one reason this game was retired early, it probably was because players thought this version of the game was too hard. The Sapphire Mines edition is much, much easier, but I find it bland and boring. The story is cliché, the acting is wooden, and some of the replaced games went from challenging, creative and fast-paced to slow, awkward, and glorified-multiple-choice. And the Sapphire Mines version of the Mummy Tomb has far fewer interesting historical figures such as US Presidents and Major League baseball players. My inner nostalgic grump insists that this game is superior in every way, even if some of the historical and geographical facts are still stuck in the 90's. I know very well that the capital of Nigeria was moved from Lagos to Abuja, Zaire is now called Congo, and NAFTA doesn't exist anymore).
Sketch 2021-10-18 1 point Windows 3.x version
If you are trying to play this on a Windows 10, please be aware that since this program is over 15 years old, your computer might have a few hiccups as the game progresses. For example, my computer kept freezing up during the potion game, the plant game, and the piano game. It doesn't matter how far you progress in the game, these mini-games, in particular, are a lot more fast-paced than the others (which is saying a lot for a game that is old enough to drink). The game also has a habit of boosting the difficulty without warning, which wouldn't be a problem with the other mini-games, but poses another issue entirely when the game starts freezing before you even start the mini-game. You are also not able to lower the difficulty in the game, nor are you allowed to move onto another mini-game without completing the one you have been given. A task which is, again, impossible if your computer keeps freezing at the mere suggestion of the affected mini-games. I am currently in the process of trying to save the 5th kid, but the game keeps freezing, so I am stuck.
A.G. 2021-03-27 0 point
Downloaded the file on this page and Power ISO. Mounted it to the disc drive. The opening screen of the disk pops up. However, when I click 'install" it says "You do not have privlages to access this command." What's that about. How do you install the game?
Liz Gilmore 2021-03-23 3 points
I am the seventy year old mom of a 28 year old son with cerebral palsy. My son Casey and I adore the Haunted Island game of yore. We lost the disc many moons ago and it costs $60.00 to try to buy one now. I would love for us to be able to play it again, but when I click on the Download button, I cannot tell if anything happens. Please email me at [email protected] and tell me what I am doing wrong. Oh, and please enjoy the coffee. If we can get this download to go through, I'll further treat you to another cuppa. Yours truly, Liz Gilmore (619) 593-0898
Pearlite 2020-10-28 2 points
This download is the "updated" version of this game, which has a number of changes from the original edition. First, the toolbar at the bottom has added the Witch's Hat icon for level changes (in the original, players had to press Ctrl-L to change levels) and the Map icon. The Map will show you the layout and take you where you want to go. Now, if you manage to walk to where you need to go without using the map, you get a satisfying "ding!" and 50 bonus points each time. Flap's opening monologue has been altered to reflect this. Card challenges now only require two games to complete. Before, it took three. You won't see the set of poems for the second-of-three parts, but the game length is much shorter and more manageable. You should earn the last key around the same time as you're saving the last kid. Flap's opening monologue for the Mutant Swamp has been changed to better explain exactly how to play it, seedlings can be planted all at once instead of one at a time, and the water and light features are now clearly labeled. (Big sigh of relief). The Pirate Ship has increased the point value for each treasure chest, so you only have to find four treasures instead of five. Enemy ships are now red instead of white. The "INFO" tombstones have been updated: they not only display a fact, but include additional flavor text to link it to the Haunted Island setting. Finally, in the original version, winning the game would cause the game to end, and the player's name would turn red on the sign-in sheet because that player would be "retired" and would be told not to return to the island. This time, winning the game will return the player outside Ms. Grunkel's house. The retired name will still turn red, but the player can still sign in and play in an extended mode. There are other minor changes that correct bugs from the earlier versions. All the changes mentioned mainly serve the purpose to make the game easier and far less frustrating and exhausting to play.
Kappi Stargaze 2020-10-04 6 points
Oh, man... I remember this one. This game used to scare the ever loving PANTS off me! From what I can remember, I usually put this game on when I was feeling particularly brave... But as soon as ol' Repsac showed up, I'd be running out of the room screaming to my mom, my grandparents, ANYBODY, to shut the game off for me. I'm a grown ass adult now. I'm downloading this mainly for closure. I don't really think I'll get spooked as bad as back then, but still. It's the principle of the thing. I'm gonna wander that spooky forest one more time, and hunt down the nemesis that spooked my young, naive autistic self. Repsac, I'm coming for YOU!
Stephen Russell 2020-07-27 1 point
hey i downloaded the game and wincdemu and i cant get it to work. i got as far as the jumpstart startup to load, hit install and thats it. any help?
Fraiture 2020-04-13 -4 points
What is the password on the file?
haunted island 2020-02-09 2 points
So i figured out how to make it work! steps: 1. download the jumpstart haunted island game through the download link provided on this page 2. download a virtual cd-rom emulator (WinCDEmu, Daemon Tools...) 3. open the emulator and choose the option to "mount" the haunted island game (it has a blue witch icon and says jumpstart 4th grade CD-ROM) 4. install the game! note: the emulator I used is free for only a 14 day trial period! they dont require payment info to download but sadly are not free forever. If someone can recommend a program similar to the daemon one that is free forever please do so! Hope this helps :)
haunted island 2020-02-09 1 point
how do i get this to work on windows 10? do i need a blank disk and to download an older version of windows? step by step please? thank you!
heretic jelly 2020-01-12 -1 point
update: after downloading power iso open it on the archive that said it was damaged. (the image. rom thing i believe). then extract it on the same folder. then search in support, then windows 32, and then click on the icon of the whitch (the one named 4G) . then it will appear anew window with the jumpstart logo and click on install. and thats all
heretic jelly 2020-01-11 -1 point
hi, i downloaded it and says image file is damaged. what do i do?
Farah Diyana 2019-12-29 1 point
I have downloaded the game and install powerISO....whats next? Can anyone share the step by step to get it running? Appreciate it. Thanks.
Tina 2019-11-20 -1 point
Anyone who wants to run this, get PowerISO or another virtual disk mount and open the files. It works!
Pearlite 2019-11-16 -1 point
I successfully installed this game with a virtual disk mount, but I am using a Windows 7 computer. I've been playing this spooky game for so long it's no longer a challenge. At least once I've beaten it in a single day. Although horror-themed, this game is like one of those haunted houses. It's dark, filled with monsters and scary sounds and it gives the player lots of threats, but since it's an educational title there's really nothing in it that can harm the player. Even so, while the game itself has become easy, it's become ingrained somewhere in my subconscious. Every once in a while Grunkel returns to haunt my nightmares. She usually brings an unfair or impossible test with her as if to remind me that I shouldn't take too much pride in thinking I know everything. Now that's frightening.
G 2019-10-27 3 points
Hi, has anyone successfully installed this? Just want to confirm if I am doing this correctly. I tried to mount the disk image file from Windows 10 and it says 'file is corrupted'.
mmm 2019-10-20 1 point
this file is corrupt. I'm unable to open. Please fix
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- Publisher: Knowledge Adventure, Inc.
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JumpStart Adventures 4th Grade: Haunted Island is a fun game that teaches kids an entire year of fourth grade curriculum in one game. In this incarnation, the game is an adventure, asking players to rescue their 13 classmates who have been turned into monsters by their substitute teacher Mrs. Grunkle.
Play takes place on The Haunted Island. Players move between sites on the island by clicking on a map, not unlike Kingdom: The Far Reaches. Players start at the wagon of Palmreeda, the seer. She will show you the child you are attempting to rescue and present you with four cards. Each of the four cards has two tasks on it. If players successfully complete both tasks, they rescue one of the classmate's belongings. After all four card quests have been fulfilled players will normalize one child.
In addition, the game is scored. For every 5,000 points earned, players receive one key to Mrs. Grunkle's house. They need 25 keys to free all the children. Play on the island consists of eight locations and two specials.
At the Clock Tower, players must help one of the inhabitants make music by moving their finger over the keys as the bat-notes appear and then clicking the mouse to press the key. As each key is played, the bats will flutter off. If there are two or more bats on the page, players must play the closer note first. After all the notes are played, the monster will play the composition back at normal speed.
At the Toad Well, players must move the toad around the well with the arrow keys and use the spacebar to slurp up the flies with the right answer to the equation appearing in the pit. Purple flies must also be snapped up before they fly free of the well. Losing all frogs requires starting over.
In the Mutant Garden, players must cultivate their plants to get the right outcome by manipulating plant spacing, light and moisture.
In the Cemetery, players must fill in the stories with the correct parts of speech before the grim reaper arrives to free one soul from its eternal unrest. Players must click on the next correct part of speech that flashes around the tombstone to fill the space in the story. After the story is completed, the grateful spirit will read it back to the player.
At the Spider Web, players must use their spider to make a word by eating insects in the correct order. Players use the arrow keys to "steer" the spider through the web and can only create the word given by the program. Play continues until all words are spelled correctly or until they lose three spiders. Losing all spiders requires a re-start.
At the Pirate Ship, players must guide their own galleon across the map, picking up food and cannon balls and tracking down the treasure from the clue they have been given. They must also avoid colliding with the other pirate ships. If they collide, players must fight and kill the other ship by successfully hitting it with three cannon balls. If they are hit three times by the other ship, they lose most of their rations and cannons.
At the Mummy's Tomb, players must remove the tiles from the top of the tomb by matching statements or pictures of the same person or thing. Players must ensure as they remove the tiles that they leave enough matches open to remove more tiles and not be stuck. This game plays rather like Mah-jongg.
In the Vampire Maze, players must guide their vampire through the maze to the correct answer to the long division problems appearing in the center of the maze, all the while avoiding the ghost or ghosts. To use the number, they must stand their vampire atop the number and hit the space bar. If the ghost touches the vampire, he will crumble to dust. Players have three vampires to spare.
If players answer too many questions incorrectly, their life monitor (the candle at the upper left of the screen) will burn down and they will appear in the center of the maze. There, they can replenish their life force but only by answering questions from the guardian of the fountain. If they get enough correct answers, they will be allowed to drink from the fountain. Then, they must find their way out of the maze!
After players have freed all 13 children and gotten all 25 keys, they are ready to visit Mrs. Grunkle's house. Players will have to avoid their substitute teacher and unlock five doors to free their classmates. Players are not alone on their quest. In addition to Palmreeda, who will assign your quests, Flap, the bat, will tell you how to fulfill the conditions of each quest and help you if you have questions.
Graphics: Nice. A little blocky but very spooky and menacing.
Sound: Very good. Each character is understandable and the music fits the scenes.
Enjoyment: Very enjoyable. Spooky background to the game will delight 4th graders.
Replay Value: After players have completed the game, they can go back and replay any section they wish over and over again, or sign in under a new name.
In Jump Start Adventures 4th Grade: Haunted Island, you play a student who is not in class one day. Meanwhile at School the evil substitute Mrs Grunkel turns all your classmates into monsters. A purple bat named Flap tells you about what happens and takes you to Haunted Island to help free your classmates from Mrs Grunkels spells. A magician named Madam Pom Reda guides you with your missions and tells you where to go to collect clues to help free the students. Along the way collect keys to get into Mrs Grunkels house, and solve some Language art questions from Mrs Grunkels Ghost keeper.
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JumpStart Adventures 4th Grade: Haunted Island
JumpStart Adventures 4th Grade: Haunted Island has a rather (in)famous reputation for being genuinely creepy and unsettling for an edutainment game aimed at 4th Graders, thanks to its nightmarish setting and uncanny character designs. It would ultimately be replaced by Version 2.0 ( Sapphire Falls ) in 1999.
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Two icons were added to the toolbar at the bottom of the screen in later releases. One of the new icons was for adjusting the difficulty level of the activities in the game (the option to do so had previously been accessible, but only by using the Ctrl+L keys), and the other new icon was used for viewing a map of the island.
The game's introduction, provided by the player's guide Flap, was modified for newer releases. This was likely for the purpose of making the overall introduction shorter, as many of the changes remove small bits of information, but the newer dialogue also reflects the changes made to the toolbar. Below is a list of lines that differ between releases.
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In Jump Start Adventures 4th Grade: Haunted Island , you play a student who is not in class one day. Meanwhile at School the evil substitute Mrs Grunkel turns all your classmates into monsters. A purple bat named Flap tells you about what happens and takes you to Haunted Island to help free your classmates from Mrs Grunkels spells. A magician named Madam Pom Reda guides you with your missions and tells you where to go to collect clues to help free the students. Along the way collect keys to get into Mrs Grunkels house, and solve some Language art questions from Mrs Grunkels Ghost keeper.
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Video Game / JumpStart Adventures 4th Grade: Haunted Island
You are a fourth-grade student who has missed one day of school. Not only were you absent, but the teacher was as well. The substitute teacher just happened to be a Wicked Witch named Ms. Grunkle, who turned all your classmates into monsters and imprisoned them on a creepy island where everything looks like it was designed by Tim Burton .
To rescue your classmates, you have to complete a series of Fetch Quests for a fortune teller named Madame Pomreeda. These consist of you wandering through the spooky woods of the island to find the educational Mini-Games that provide you with your classmates' personal belongings, which are needed to turn them back to normal. You're also helped by a purple bat named Flap, who serves as your Exposition Fairy . Occasionally, an evil ghost named Repsac will pop out of nowhere and force you to answer a question. Answering a question wrong will cost you health points and losing all your health points will land you in the Labyrinth .
Keep in mind that there are two versions of the Haunted Island game, the original 1996 release and an Updated Re-release from 1998. The biggest difference is that the '98 version added an onscreen leveling feature and an in-game map. The '98 version also shortened the gameplay, with you having to play two games per item instead of three.
This game provides examples of:
- Alphabet Soup Cans : All with creepy tones to them.
- Artistic License � Geography : On the map in the Pirate Ship game, Northern Ireland is shown as part of Ireland rather than The United Kingdom , and the Kaliningrad Oblast is shown as part of Lithuania . The game deals with the then-ongoing Yugoslav Wars by labeling the rump Yugoslavia as simply " Serbia ," which is not quite accurate since it also contained Montenegro at that point.
- Bag of Spilling : Inverted. In the opening cutscene, Ms. Grunkle is flying with a witch's hat full of keys to her house, but she drops them all and her magic wand on the way there. The player ends up picking them all up.
- Beauty to Beast : Many of the children, especially Tiffany.
- Bigger on the Inside : There's no way Ms. Grunkle's tiny little house could contain all those rooms you have to pass through. But hey, she's a witch .
- Bilingual Bonus : The four types of plant that you grow in the Mutant Swamp have Latin names, three of which aren't especially pleasant when translated. Acerbus = bitter, sour, unripe. Letalis = lethal. Mortifera = deadly, fatal, lethal (lit. "death-bearing"). Siccus = dry, sober, thirsty.
- Bond Villain Stupidity : Ms. Grunkle repeatedly taunts you, yet doesn't really do anything to prevent the player from continuing aside from booting you into the labyrinth every time you unlock another door in her house.
- The Cameo : Hidden in the backgrounds in certain areas of Haunted Island are characters from previous JumpStart games. Pierre, Casey, Kisha and Eleanor from JumpStart Preschool can be found in the woods, while CJ from JumpStart 2nd Grade can be found near the Mutant Swamp activity. Each of them sport a frightened or concerned look on their face. The cast of Preschool also make visual cameos on the "Cirque du Jumpstart" cart seen next to Pomreeda's caravan.
- Cat Scare : If you pair two tablets that don't match in the Mummy Tomb, a cat screeches.
- Circus of Fear : Pomreeda's cart appears to be part of this kind of place. It's easy to miss the abandoned cart next to hers reading "Cirque du Jumpstart".
- Closed Circle : It's greatly implied that no one is allowed to leave Haunted Island.
- Defanged Horrors : You don't actually die , and the monsters won't actually hurt you in any way that's overt... however, they will scare you, and answering Repsac's questions incorrectly will cost you health.
- Difficulty Levels : Anywhere from three to five of them, depending on the game. In the original 1996 release, leveling could only be accessed by pressing "Ctrl-L." The 1998 version added an onscreen leveling feature, although using "Ctrl-L" still works incidentally.
- The Dragon : Repsac with Ms. Grunkle as the Big Bad .
- Easter Egg : Pressing the up arrow in front of the Cirque du Jumpstart cart will cut to a spooky version of the town from JumpStart Pre-K . The cast's portraits even show up on the top of the cart.
- Evil Laugh : Repsac has an impressive one. Ms. Grunkle has one too.
- Exposition Fairy : Flap, a purple bat that sounds like Peter Lorre .
- Eye of Newt : In the Enchanted Forest game, the magic potion requires bat bile, moss slime, and frog gas.
- Fantasy Kitchen Sink : Haunted Island is a grab bag of anything conceivably Halloweenish. Ghosts, vampires, and witches are to be expected, but an Egyptian pyramid ? In the middle of a spooky forest with gnarled trees? God knows how that got there.
- Fetch Quest : The game is mostly a series of these. You have thirteen classmates to save and four items are required to save one. You have to play three mini-games (in the '96 version) or two mini-games (in the '98 version) to get just one item. So in all, you have to play 156 mini-games to save all your classmates in the '96 version, reduced to 104 in the '98 version.
- Guide Dang It! : Early releases of the game only include the island map in the user's guide. Thus, if you don't have the user's guide, you can't navigate the island effectively and are pretty much screwed, and since most kids were playing this at school, it was highly doubtful the teachers still had it lying around in their classroom. (Clever form of Copy Protection , though.) Later releases omitted the map in the user's guide and included the map in-game.
- Halloween Town : The titular island, with its witches, ghosts, monsters, spiders, bats, and generally creepy atmosphere.
- Healing Spring : The Fountain of Health in the Labyrinth, if you can find it.
- Hollywood Darkness : Nearly everything on Haunted Island appears black and blue. That is, until you get close to it, which somehow makes it show up in full color.
- I Resemble That Remark! : The bugs in the spider spelling challenge protest this when Flap expresses doubt in Pomreeda's belief that the letter bugs are cute.
- "Just So" Story : One of the Cemetery stories explains why witches are so mean: a long time ago, a friendly witch was cheated by a traveling broom salesman.
- Locked Door : Ms. Grunkle's house is linear, and the only way to progress through it is to open doors that contain five locks on each. They can only be opened with skeleton keys earned every 5000 points .
- Karma Houdini : After you've saved all your classmates, Ms. Grunkle pulls a Villain: Exit, Stage Left , telling you that We Will Meet Again .
- The Lost Woods : If you don't want to warp with your map, you'll have to walk through this.
- Mad Libs Dialogue : Occurs in, what else, the Cemetery minigame, which is essentially Mad Libs.
- Medium Blending : The game constantly flips between CGI animation and 2-D animation. Additionally, the CGI animations are obviously meant to look like Stop Motion , à la The Nightmare Before Christmas . For the most part, the main game is pre-rendered CGI while the mini games are 2-D. The main characters (Flap, Ms. Grunkle, etc.) are always CGI. Your classmates look CGI in the opening sequence, but they are 2-D animated in the yearbook and Madame Pomreeda's Crystal Ball .
- Monster Clown : Calvin gets turned into one.
- Monster Mash : Pretty much all the classic monsters are represented in the game in some capacity, even if it's only as the monster form of one of the kids. For instance, one of the kids was turned into a Frankenstein's Monster .
- Nobody Poops : Averted. Ms. Grunkle's bathroom is one of the rooms you pass through in her house, and you even see a toilet in there. "You're getting a bit too close for comfort!"
- Nothing Is Scarier : For added tension while walking around the island, you will never know when Repsac will suddenly appear and say "Boo!" right in your face. Even within the Labyrinth...
- No Celebrities Were Harmed : Flap sounds rather like Peter Lorre , while the friendly ghost in the Mad Libs game you're trying to save is based on Rodney Dangerfield (from a visual perspective, he also sounds like W. C. Fields , with a big nose to match).
- No Swastikas : Averted. The Mummy's Tomb minigame features a number of historical photographs, including one of a Nazi flag. Well, if it's educational...
- They are Classical Movie Vampires who have to solve long division problems in order to make it into their coffins.
- Laura becomes a vampire, except with two heads . One of them is her normal head and the other is a purple-skinned vampire head. When she transforms back to normal, her normal head turns around and EATS the vampire head .
- Boarding Party : Implied. If you lose one of the cannon battle mini-mini games mentioned below, your ammo and supply counts go down.
- Ghost Pirate : Possibly. You don't actually see the pirates themselves, but their ships are all white and ghostly. Oddly, your ship is too.
- Pirate Booty : You have to identify the countries that have buried treasure based on the geographical clues.
- Pirate Parrot : Picking up supplies is accompanied by a parrot sound effect.
- Oddly averted on your ship, where the only pirate you hear (presumably your first mate) speaks with a British Accent .
- Treasure Map : The game is played on a parchment-looking world map, which nevertheless has modern-day (i.e. 1990s) countries and borders.
- Public Domain Soundtrack : Not in the game proper, but all the songs you have to play in the music activity are conveniently out of copyright. They run the gamut from classical music to folk songs to spirituals and so on. After you perform a song successfully, Semimoto tells you what you just played.
- Madame Pomreeda (Palm Reader).
- Many of the children in the game also have names that relate to their character archetype or monster, such as Penny Scilin (an aspiring doctor) and Wolfgang (a musician who turns into a werewolf.)
- Properly Paranoid : A rare Real Life example. A lot of kids would use the Warp Whistle specifically to avoid Repsac.
- Random Event : Running into Repsac happens at random in the game as you walk around the island. Ms. Grunkle also randomly appears before you on her broom to taunt you after completing an activity.
- Retro Universe : Some of the children are explicitly from the modern day while others seem to be Disco Dans and they all go to school together in an old-fashioned one-room schoolhouse. The pirate activity seems to take place during The Cavalier Years , but none of the rest of the game does. Most of the stories you create in the cemetery activity are set in the present day. And, of course, the Mummy's Tomb has information updated to The '90s (the time when the game was made) even though Flap says it was "a long time ago" that anyone was in there.
- Scenery Porn : Haunted Island is one of JumpStart's most beautifully detailed settings, looking like something out of The Nightmare Before Christmas .
- Status Cell Phone : One of Laura's items is a (now outdated looking) cell phone, which the game considers reflective of her Class Representative personality. When the game was made in the mid-1990s, prepubescent children owning cell phones was very rare indeed.
- Sdrawkcab Name : The evil ghost is named "Repsac". Yeah, " Casper " spelled backwards.
- Sinister Silhouettes : How the children are shown being changed into monsters in the opening Cutscene .
- Survival Horror : While walking around the island, you might be stalked by Repsac who will, if you answer his question wrong, deplete your health points. Also, you'll gradually lose health anyway.
- Take Your Time : While some of the minigames are timed, some of the non-timed minigames like Frog Potion will try to make you hurry by saying Ms. Grunkle will jump you if you take too long. She never does, of course.
- Themed Cursor : The game's cursor looks spooky and ghostly.
- Tomato Surprise : The Cemetery story "Where is the Werewolf?" ends this way, at least when said ending is not altered by the Mad Libs aspect.
- Toothy Bird : James is turned into a penguin with teeth.
- Trial-and-Error Gameplay : The mutant swamp works this way. You're expected to experiment with the placement of the plants and with the amount of light and water they receive until you achieve a successful harvest.
- As mentioned above, the re-release has an onscreen leveling feature (previously, leveling was activated by pressing "Ctrl-L") and an in-game map (previously, the island map was only included in the user's guide).
- In the original, you have to play three mini-games to win one of the kid's belongings. The re-release reduces it to two mini-games, effectively shortening the entire game by one third.
- When you complete the original version, the program automatically quits, and if you restart it, you'll be blocked from signing back into your old game. In the re-release, the game instead reverts to a kind of explorer mode in which you can still travel around the island and play the mini-games, but you're barred from entering Madame Pomreeda's cart or Ms. Grunkle's house.
- Flap's explanation of the Mutant Swamp activity is more detailed, with Flap even going as far as to tell the player what to do step-by-step. This was likely done to make the activity seem less confusing.
- Each treasure chest in the Pirate Ship activity used to be worth 200 points, meaning that five treasures had to be collected in order to win. The re-release changes the point value to 250, effectively reducing the completion requirement to four treasure chests.
- Warp Whistle : The in-game map in the rerelease acted as one, as well as the progress report featured at the end of the yearbook. However, the game rewards you with points if you manually walk to your destination without warping. It also means the possibility of encountering Repsac, and many players have admitted to favoring the map.
- Wide-Open Sandbox : Aside from Ms. Grunkle's house, all of Haunted Island is accessible from the start of the game. You're expected to play certain mini-games to complete the fetch quests and advance the story, but you're free to ignore that and do whatever you want. And unlike in 3rd Grade , you don't even really get nagged for straying from your mission.
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JumpStart Adventures 4th Grade: Haunted Island/Pre-release and Unused Content
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This is a list of pre-release and unused content from JumpStart Adventures 4th Grade: Haunted Island . They were only used during the E3 1995 event at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
It should be noted that some of the pre-release images depict content that was in the original release of the game, while some of the comparison images depict later releases of the game. For example, the toolbar in the original release had five icons, while in later releases it had seven. Only aspects that differ from all final releases of the game should be noted.
- 1 Ms. Grunkle Early/Unused Artwork
- 2 Unused Repsac Prototype/Woods Design
- 3 Unused Repsac Prototype Animation
- 4 Early Labyrinth Design
- 5 Yearbook Prototype
- 6.1 Unused Main Theme Variation
- 6.2 Unused Jingles
Ms. Grunkle Early/Unused Artwork [ ]
A preview for the game from KnowledgeLand depicts what appears to be an early design of Ms. Grunkle.
(Click "Expand" to see a list of differences that the pre-release content has compared to the final release)
- The image uses 2D artwork of Ms. Grunkle not seen anywhere in the final game.
- Ms. Grunkle is depicted with Pince-nez glasses, which are absent from her final design.
- Ms. Grunkle is standing in front of the gate near Madame Pomreeda's Cart , when she never appears in this location the final release.
Unused Repsac Prototype/Woods Design [ ]
A early screenshot of what appears to be a prototype of Repsac in the woods appeared in a preview for the game from KnowledgeLand , as well as in the game's digital manual .
- Neither the KnowledgeLand preview nor the digital manual explicitly refer to the ghost by the name Repsac, although it can be inferred that this is a prototype for him, given the strong similarities. Some notable differences in his early design are a lighter body, yellow eyes, and a differently shaped face and hands.
- Casey 's cameo is missing, and the tree that he hides behind is missing as well.
Unused Repsac Prototype Animation [ ]
A short animation featuring Repsac's prototype design was included in a demo reel shared by Christopher Blake Williams, who is credited as an artist for this game. Something that is more apparent in this video is that Repsac's prototype appears to be slightly transparent, whereas his final design is opaque.
Early Labyrinth Design [ ]
An image which appeared on the JumpStart website circa 1996 depicted an early design for the labyrinth .
- The color scheme of the labyrinth appears to be entirely grayscale.
- The labyrinth has a different texture for the walls and floor.
- The walls and floors share the same texture in the pre-release image, while in the final release the floor uses a different texture from the walls.
- The area seen beyond the walls appears to be entirely black, in contrast to the final release where the dark blue sky is seen instead.
Yearbook Prototype [ ]
An early version of the Haunted Yearbook appeared in a preview for the game from KnowledgeLand .
- Albert's name is written beneath his picture.
- Albert's monster image has black outlines instead of colored outlines, and some minor color palette differences.
- The cards displaying Albert's possessions are in a different order and have slightly different colors.
- The player's score isn't displayed while viewing the yearbook.
Unused Music [ ]
The file SOUND.DF contains a few unused music tracks.
Unused Main Theme Variation [ ]
A variation of the game's main theme. It starts out the same as the main theme that was used in-game, but switches to a different melody around 12 seconds in.
Unused Jingles [ ]
Three short tunes with different tones.
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- 2 JumpStart Adventures 3rd Grade: Mystery Mountain
- 3 JumpStart Adventures 4th Grade: Haunted Island