Storybook Weaver was a 1994 educational game released on floppy disk for the Apple Macintosh, aimed at children aged 6-12. An updated version, Storybook Weaver Deluxe, was released in 2004 on CD-ROM for Windows and Mac computers, featuring much more content than the original. Both versions were released by MECC who also created The Oregon Trail, another educational game. The Deluxe version is available for both the home and school, with a Teacher Resource CD, including lesson plans and User guides.
The Deluxe Version greatly expanded on the features of the original version with a completely updated user interface.
A screenshot of MECC's Storybook Weaver Deluxe over a Citrix ICA session displaying the interface and tools used to create a story.
It largely kept the original backgrounds, items and characters from the original game and added a large number of new objects and categories, such as a world landmark category, including The Statue of Liberty and The White House. The older objects are updated in higher textures to match the quality of the new objects. The game offers a lot more features in the real and modern in-door and out-door world, including streets, cities, a bedroom, a classroom, a shopping mall and much more. The game doesn't skimp, however, on aspects of the ancient or fantasy worlds. A noticeable feature of this learning program was its bilingual capacity. Users can now write stories in the English Language or Spanish, accompanied with a bilingual text-to-speech feature, an English/Spanish spell checker and a thesaurus. Deluxe also includes "story-starters" for children who find it more difficult to get into the creative mindset, a voice recording feature, friendly spoken tutorials and a library of object sounds and music