Playthrough: D.W. the Picky Eater/Arthur's Adventures with D.W. – Part 1


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Played by: Mr. Eight-Three-One
A playthrough of D.W. the Picky Eater, also released as Arthur’s Adventures with D.W. (this playthrough used the former), and the last Living Books game ever released. This game was made without Brøderbund – instead, it was developed by Media Station, with the Living Books name slapped onto it. It really shows. Horribly. It’s a very mediocre game, and pretty much forgot everything that made Living Books games so great to begin with. It’s incredibly dull, there’s too few click spots on each page, the game did a terrible job of trying to bring the story to life (i.e. mediocre animation), it’s not faithful to any of the older games, and basically feels like a quickly thrown together game with the Living Books name plastered on it. Oh, let’s not forget D.W.’s voice, either. If you came in expecting a good game, you will be disappointed, because, quite honestly, this isn’t a worthy addition to the series. It actually makes me glad they re-released it without the Living Books name, because it doesn’t deserve to have that kind of label.
Anyway, this is half of the game. This will only be two parts long. As mediocre as the game is, enjoy the video anyway.
Edit: I think I know the whole story (no pun intended) as to why this game turned out the way it did, and how Living Books got cancelled. This was made shortly after The Learning Company bought out Brøderbund, and only used the Brøderbund name for marketing purposes. When they did this, they got rid of about 500 Brøderbund employees, which explains why almost none of the original Living Books team is listed in the credits. I imagine TLC wanted to continue the success of Living Books now that the whole team was gone, which I’d say is fine. But outsourcing it to Media Station isn’t the right way to do it, considering they were known for making inferior clones. Something tells me the game either didn’t sell well (which would explain why it has very few views in relation to all the other Arthur videos on this account) or they just weren’t satisfied with the end product, or felt it wasn’t a series worth continuing. They did try though, and it’s pretty sad the Living Books series had to fold this way. The upcoming iOS ports do show some promise though. There are talks about continuing the series once those are finished. Right now it’s got a long way to go, but it’s a possibility.
D.W. the Picky Eater is (C) 1998 Living Books/Wanderful Storybooks and (C) 1995 Marc Brown.


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  1. She said she will never eat tomatoes, cauliflower, pineapple, mushrooms and anything that is a vegetable spinach and sorry D.W. but I love to actually burst your bubble with science and first of all tomatoes and pineapples are NOT vegetables their fruits and shrimp is meat not a plant.

    Second, it’s not a science fact, but what’s the point of not liking something when she didn’t even try it (I meant besides two facts that she’s a picky eater and hates vegetables)?

    Third, your body needs not only to grow big and strong but to not get tired, not only that but if you keep eating junk food such as candy, chips or anything greasy and sugary you can get diabetes, heart attack and other health problems and trust me the hospital bill is way more expensive than the dinner bill plus, the small intestine has vili to absorb nutrients into your bloodstream to feed your cells into their mitochondria and stored it in their vacuoles while your large intestine gets rid of your waste. And besides doesn’t everyone want to slow their aging process?

    Fourth, funny enough during the episode of D.W. The Picky Eater she ate spinach in a pie and she actually LIKED it…… In that case, yell some sense into her Popeye the Sailor.

    Popeye: clears throat and yells on the top of his lungs D.W YOUR GOING TO FINISH YOUR SPINACH IT MAKES ME STRONGER SO IT CAN DO THE SAME TO YOU AND YOU'RE GONNA LIKE IT!!!!

  2. Media Station was recruited by Activision a year later after their last Living Books title, D.W. the Picky Eater by Marc Brown, was released for 32-bit computers

  3. 11:05. Dora Winifred read: I HATE SPINACH!! 𗁍🥬
    Mom: I'm so embarrassed.𗁒
    Dad: No more restaurant for you. 𗀶

  4. Page 2: (Read to me) Thursday at dinner, D.W pretended to try the Hawaiian Shrimp. “I saw that,” whispered Arthur. Father: Settle down, Pal. Arthur: I wouldn’t do that if I were you.

  5. Page 1: (Read to Me) D.W and her brother, Arthur, we’re helping Mother unpack the groceries. “Yuck!” Said D.W, “I’m not going to eat this!” “You’ve never even tried it,” said Mother, “It’s looking at me.” said D.W. “I don’t eat anything with eyes, or pickles, tomatoes, mushrooms, eggplant, pineapple, parsnips and cauliflower. I would never eat liver in a million years, and more than anything else in the whole world, I hate spinach!” Arthur: “Face it, you are a picky eater.”

  6. I don't really like Mrs. Cross that much. There's just something about her that just doesn't sit right with me. I don't think I would ever trust her around anyone's kids.

  7. I have never seen this latest Arthur Living Books software before. But to be honest, I feel like this one is not as good as the previous Arthur Living Books (from Teacher Trouble all the way to Computer Adventure). It’s way too short and nothing special. Only good part is that I never thought you would put the icons onto the words you click on. Also, the narrator is the same one from Computer Adventure.


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