Arthur's Computer Adventure is the number seventeenth Living Books PC CD-Rom Game from 1998 based on the 1997 Arthur's Computer Disaster book by Marc Brown and the CD Rom Game was released in 1998.
|Arthur's Computer Adventure|
Living Books CD Rom (1998)
May 25, 1998
Arthur, Mom, D.W., Buster, The Brain, Dad
Arthur is excited about a brand new computer game called "Deep Dark Sea". Specifically, the goal of the game is to find "the thing," which if done, he'll win the game. Eager to do this, he spends all the time he can, but doesn't actually make it before bedtime, so he saves his game. The next morning, Arthur invites Buster over, but can't use the computer since Mrs. Read is working on it. She tells them to not use it after taking a trip to her office, but they're both too anxious and choose to play the game anyway. When they come across a treasure chest, and find out it's the "thing" they were looking for, they get excited by jumping for the computer fighting over the mouse, and inadvertently knocking the keyboard off the desk, causing the screen to go blank. Then, the phone rings. Arthur calls his mom. Mrs. Read says on the phone that she is not going to come back until tonight. Then she asks Arthur if everything is OK. Arthur responds, "Fine. Just great". D.W whispers to Arthur that Mom can tell if he is lying. Arthur then says "Goodbye" and tells himself that they can fix the computer before Mom comes back home. Since turning the computer off and on again didn't solve the problem, they run through the manuals looking for a solution. But it turns to be no help. So (after Buster tells the Brain that he can fix anything and suggests they should ask him), Arthur and Buster decide to look for the Brain. They think that he might know the solution. When Arthur and Buster look for the Brain at his house, his mother tells them that he is not home. First they check the library; then they check the museum. After searching for a long time, they finally see him at the pond (skipping rocks at the stream). Everyone goes back to Arthur's house (Arthur, Buster, and the Brain). At Arthur's house, the Brain examines the computer. But he turns out to be no help either (he can't find the problem). And then, as a final resort they go to the computer store asking for a solution to fix it. He explains his problem to the computer expert. Then the computer expert explains how much a house call and hourly fees cost. So because of that, the fees for fixing are too high. Then Arthur says to himself that it would be more birthday money than he ever would see in his whole life. That evening, Mrs. Read comes home before they can fix it as a result. Arthur is too nervous to talk to her. Then, when Mrs. Read heads to the computer, Arthur gets sick. Then Arthur runs after Mrs. Read, followed by D.W who runs after Arthur. Buster runs home. Later, in the computer room, Arthur desperately tries to keep her away from the computer. Before his mom is about to hit the power button of the computer, Arthur yells "STOP!". He is eventually forced to admit his mistake. Then he apologizes to her for wrecking the computer. Mrs. Read says that it happens to her all the time and then asks, "Did you jiggle the switch?". She jiggles the switch and then the game comes on. Arthur says he thought she would be mad. But Mrs. Read says she is disappointed; but not mad. Arthur asks if he is going to get punished and Mrs. Read says "Of course, you did something you weren't supposed to do". Then D.W. tells Mrs. Read to make the punishment "really good". Mrs. Read tells him that he can’t play any computer games for a whole week. Then she tells Arthur to go get ready for bed and then she will be up to say goodnight in a few minutes. But instead of getting back to her work, she decides to try the game out. When Arthur and D.W. are already for bed, she decides to play Arthur's game; Deep Dark Sea. Arthur and D.W do as they are told. Then when they call Mom to tuck them in, Mom (who is now playing Arthur's game; Deep Dark Sea) says "In a minute. The sharks are attacking". D.W suggests that she and Arthur should tuck themselves in tonight; to which Arthur replies "Good idea". Mom tells them she will be right up as soon as she blasts the skeletons from the treasure chest. But finally, Arthur and D.W (now they are in bed) both say "Goodnight" to Mom.
- Arthur Read
- D.W. Read
- Buster Baxter
- Alan "The Brain" Powers
- Jane (Mom) Read
- David (Dad) Read
- Mice (running gag)
Arthur's Computer Adventure gamesEdit
- Deep Dark Sea
- Treasure Hunt
- D.W.'s Store
- Arthur's Computer Adventure also known as "Arthur's Computer Disaster" is released in 2000 before the Little Critter's Just Me & My Mom PC CD-Rom Game was released in 2000.
- In the Options Menu screen, it has the pages, activities and the credits, and it doesn't really have the Living Books Sampler. The sampler is included on the disc, but it's separate from the program.
- The Treasure Hunt mini-game is a remade version of the racing game in Arthur's Reading Race.
- Like Ruff's Bone, Green Eggs and Ham, and D.W. the Picky Eater this game's credits screen is completely original and uses music from the Deep Dark Sea mini-game.
- This game also comes in a game called Deep Dark Sea and is the only other Living Book (along with The Berenstain Bears Get in a Fight) to include such a thing.
- This was the last Living Books game to have the "Read to me" function.
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