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Arthur's Teacher Trouble

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Title Screen

Arthur's Teacher Trouble

Developer: Brøderbund
Publishers: Brøderbund, Random House
Platforms: Mac OS Classic, Windows
Released in US: 1993

MovieIcon.png This game has unused cinematics.
Carts.png This game has revisional differences.

Arthur's Teacher Trouble is another Living Books adaptation, this time following the popular aardvark in an animated role four years before the TV show of the same name. Arthur attempts to conquer the spelling bee, but gets sidetracked by singing cookies and paper airplanes that apparently go very well with heavy metal.

Unused Cutscenes

The two unused previews from Just Grandma and Me v1.1 are also present in v1.1 of this game (see below for details). Alongside the Ruff's Bone preview, there are also previews for Arthur's Birthday and Harry and the Haunted House. The only way these can be accessed is by editing the outline file.

They are saved as PREV02.MAC and PREV03.MAC on the Macintosh version, and PREV02.IBM and PREV03.IBM on the Windows version.

Revisional Differences

The game had a minor revision after the partnership with Random House came into play, and is the far more commonly-seen version. Internally, the first version is v1.0 and the second is v1.1.

Cutscene Changes

v1.0 v1.1

The company logo underwent a revision with a remixed theme and the removal of the six-note scale. "Broderbund's" was removed and replaced with the subtitle "A Random House/Broderbund Company".

v1.0 v1.1

The original release contained a preview for The Tortoise and the Hare. Interestingly, the game is referred to as "Book One" in Aesop's Fables, which could possibly mean there were more Aesop adaptations planned but scrapped. This was replaced with a Ruff's Bone preview in v1.1.

Other Changes

  • The demo version of v1.0 bizarrely included the preview and credits. The v1.1 demo removed this.
  • Even more bizarre is the fact that the demo version got an engine upgrade, but the full game did not. This means absolutely nothing on the Macintosh side (it lacks fading altogether), but the Windows demo now includes faster fading between screens and the running man cursor.
  • v1.0 predates the hybrid format, so the Macintosh and Windows versions were shipped on separate discs. v1.1 put them on the same disc.