If you grew up in the 90's and early 2000's, there's a good chance you've played at least one game in the JumpStart series. First released as Jump Start Kindergarten in 1994, the series has gone on to become the best edutainment series of all time.
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Anyways, there are 3 Jump Start games that I personally remember playing as a kid. The first one was JumpStart Preschool which was released in 1999.
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This was the very first Jump Start game I remember playing. I don't remember too much about it though. If anything, all I remember is that every time you win a game, you would get a train ticket and once you get four tickets, you would choose a tunnel and go on a train trip.
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The next game I remember is Jump Start Advanced Kindergarten which was released in 2002.
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Unlike JumpStart Preschool, this game actually has a plot. In this case, all the major Jump Start characters are gearing up for a big race and that's it. In order to get to a race, you must complete educational mini games to earn carrots. Once you earn 10 carrots, then it's off to the race.
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I actually remember this game a lot. The mini game I always played the most was the spelling game. As far as the racing goes, I remember it being decent enough.
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The final game I remember is Jump Start 1st Grade 2000 which was released in 2000.
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In this game, you complete mini games by helping out the staff in the school and every time you complete a game, you get a clue. Collecting 3 clues will allow you to go on a treasure hunt. The first clue helps you get on the boat, the second clue tells you which island to go to and the third and final clue helps you find the treasure.
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I don't really remember too much about this game but I do remember it being a lot of fun
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I could stop here but there's one last Jump Start game that I didn't even know existed until a few days ago. It's called Jump Start Crazy Karts and it was released on the Nintendo Wii in 2011
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There really isn't too much to say here because I just found out about this game and I haven't played it yet. The only thing I can say it that it's pretty much a Mario Kart rip off. It's also worth noting that some of the Jump Start characters went through some major design changes.
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But even with the design changes, the game looks like a lot of fun.
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All in all, the Jump Start series is one series to introduce kids to as soon as possible. It's fun and education all in one,
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