When I was younger, we had a bulky desktop computer in my basement. My sisters and I loved playing on the computer, but of course, we couldn’t exactly surf the web all the time.
One, because social media wasn’t really a thing. I used to play Neopets and that was about it. And two, because my mom loved talking on the phone and we couldn’t use the Internet and the phone at the same time.
So we had plenty of PC games to keep ourselves occupied during these times.
One game I particularly remember was Storybook Weaver.
Storybook Weaver was released in 1994 by MECC on a floppy disk. Remember those? It was re-released in 2004 as a CD-Rom.
This game was intended for educational purposes for children ages 6-12. Though I can’t remember anything too “educational” about it. Then again, I can’t remember most of the features of the game. I probably didn’t play any of the extra features, which is why I don’t remember them.
The point of this game was to encourage kids to create their own stories. The game had various backgrounds for you to choose from such as a backyard, rooms the house, school, on the road, anything.
Then you could choose from various “objects” which ranged from many different people and kids as well as everyday things like cars, food, appliances, toys, whatever.
You chose a background, then placed the different objects on the page where you wanted them to go.
The bottom half of the page was a white block and then you would add in your text. Then you would turn the page and start over.
I printed out many stories back then. I’m sure my mom loved all the ink and paper I used up. Most of my stories were the same, too. They were about myself, Kris, and our other sister Lisa. And that’s just about it.
It was a fun game all three of us loved and enjoyed and played together.
Though it’s funny because at the time, aspiring to be a published author was not a twinkle in my eye.
Are there any fun writing games that you used to enjoy? Let me know in the comments!