Story Machine

Platforms: Apple II, Atari 8-bit, IBM PC/Compatibles

Also Known As


Main Genre:
Reading / Writing
Editor / Construction Set


IBM PC version of Story Machine
IBM PC version of Story Machine

Story Machine is an educational game for children ages 5-9 developed by DesignWare. The game is designed to help children with writing skills and allows them to construct simple stories which are accompanied by animations showing the story in action.


The game screen in Story Machine shows a large open area at the top of the screen along with an area at the bottom where players can type simple sentences. The game includes a dictionary of various nouns and verbs which can be used in the story; as the player types out their story, the nouns indicated will appear on the screen and after the story is completed the described actions are performed. For example, if the player enters "The cat walks to the fence", the program will animate a cat walking over to a fence. Up to four actors can be included in a story; included with the program is a complete list of the verbs and nouns the program understands, or the list can be viewed from within the game itself.


Platform: IBM PC/Compatibles
Programmed by: Clark Quinn, Margaret Weinstein, James Schuyler
Documentation by: Sharmon Hilfinger, Lesley Czechowicz
Package and Instruction Booklet Illustration: Bill Morrison


Instruction Manual
Apple II, Atari 8-bit, IBM PC/Compatibles


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Product Catalogs
Spinnaker 1983 product catalog
Spinnaker product catalog