B A R N I M A L S
a kidprg(tm) created with Talespin
by D.A. Brumleve
Copyright 1989 by D.A. Brumleve
BARNIMALS is a listening/guessing game for the very youngest
computer users, ages 0-4. Most kidprgs are intended to be used
independently by children; the use of BARNIMALS, however, will be
most successful if an adult or older child participates.
The game was developed using Talespin, an adventure-creation
program from MichTron. To run 7KIDS.TAL, you will need either
TALESPIN.TOS (from the commercial development package) or
TELLTALE.TOS (the public domain run-time program). To facilitate
your child's use of the program, please make certain that
TELLTALE.TOS and BARNIMAL.TAL are in the same directory or
folder. If you are not familiar with Talespin adventures, the
following instructions will help you get started.
Upon running TELLTALE.TOS, you will be presented with a dialog
box. Click the left mouse button on "Choose & Load Program".
Then select "BARNIMAL.TAL". The program will be loaded and the
title screen will appear. Click the left mouse button on the box
in the center of the screen, and the main screen will appear.
Many "objects" are on the screen, some hidden by doors. If you
click on the pump, you'll hear the sound of a farm pump and
water. If you click on a door, you'll hear a noise. Try to
guess what made that noise before its picture appears.
Telltale and Talespin require you to use the left button while
working within a game. If you want to exit, however, click the
right mouse button and the Telltale or Talespin dialog will
appear, offering you choices such as "Help" and "End session"
(the latter is used to quit the program). If you want to resume
work with BARNIMAL.TAL, click the left mouse button while the
mouse is off the dialog box.
The program is not "locked", so if you have Talespin, feel free
to investigate its structure. Please note, however, that
BARNIMAL.TAL is copyrighted, so please do not distribute a
I hope you enjoy this little Talespin adventure!
There are 18 freely distributed kidprgs; many are of a very high
quality. These kidprgs often fill a computing need that is not
addressed by any other commercial or public domain programs.
Check with your public domain dealer, users group, or bbs service
for additional selections. Beginning in July, 1989, ST-Log
magazine will feature D.A. Brumleve's "COMPUKID CONNECTION"
column, and the ST-Log disk will often include new kidprgs.
Click the 'INFO' box on the BARNIMALS screen for subscription
information. A commercial program, PreSchool KidProgs, which
includes three additional kidprgs for ages 2-6 in an autobooting
shell program, is available from MichTron/Microdeal; in the U.S.,
call MichTron at (313) 334-5700.