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Blaster Learning System
Genres Edutainment
Developers Davidson & Associates, Knowledge Adventure, Blitz Games
Publishers Davidson & Associates, Knowledge Adventure
Creators Janice G. Davidson
Platforms Windows, Macintosh, Apple II, Apple II GS
First release Math Blaster!
1983

The Blaster Learning System is an educational video game series originally created by Davidson, but is now owned by Knowledge Adventure. Titles in the series have been produced for other computer systems, video game consoles, and as stand-alone handheld units. Originally, the series simply learned mathematics, but eventually expanded to other subjects, such as language arts (reading) and science. Due to the popularity of the original Math Blaster series, Davidson introduced Reading Blaster in 1994, which also went on to become successful.

Science Blaster was introduced in 1996, but never reach the same popularity as its predecessors.

Design

Art

Game designer Brian Reynolds worked on the sketches for the characters in the age group products.

The Blaster series

Math

Games Platforms and Release Years
Math Blaster!
  • Re-released as Math Blaster Plus!
    • Apple II, MS-DOS (1987)
    • Apple IIGS (1989)
    • Amiga (1990)
  • Re-released as New Math Blaster Plus!
  • Re-released as Math Blaster Episode I: In Search of Spot
  • Re-released as Mega Math Blaster
  • Re-released as Math Blaster: Ages 6–9
  • Re-released as Math Blaster for 3rd Grade
  • Re-released as Math Blaster: Math Attack
    • Handheld LCD (1999)
Math Blaster Mystery Apple II, Macintosh (1989)
Math Blaster Episode II: Secret of the Lost City
Math Blaster Mystery: The Great Brain Robbery
Alge-Blaster!
Math Blaster Jr.
Geometry Blaster
Math Blaster for Kindergarten Windows, Macintosh (1999)
  • Re-released as Math Blaster Mission 1: Cosmic Critter Challenge
Math Blaster for 1st Grade
  • Re-released as Math Blaster Mission 2: Race for the Omega Trophy
Math Blaster for 2nd Grade
  • Re-released as Math Blaster: Math Madness
    • Handheld LCD (1999)
  • Re-released as Math Blaster Mission 3: Space Defenders
Math Blaster Cross Terrain Challenge: Ages 9–12 Windows, Macintosh (2001)
Math Blaster: Master the Basics Windows, Macintosh (2006)
Math Blaster in the Prime Adventure Nintendo DS (2008)
Math Blaster iOS (2013)
Math Blaster HyperBlast iOS (2013)
Math Blaster HyperBlast 2
  • Re-released as Math Blaster HyperBlast 2 HD
Math Blaster Space Zapper iOS (2013)
B-Force Blaster iOS (2013)

Reading

Games Platforms and Release Years
Reading Blaster: Invasion of the Word Snatchers Windows, Macintosh (1994)
Reading Blaster 2000
  • Re-released as Reading Blaster: Ages 6–9
  • Re-released as Reading Blaster for 3rd Grade
  • Re-released as Reading Blaster: Mel's Word Factory
    • Handheld LCD (1999)
Reading Blaster Jr.
Word Blaster
Reading Blaster: Ages 9–12
Spelling Blaster
  • Re-released as Reading Blaster for 2nd Grade
  • Re-released as Reading Blaster: Word Planet
    • Handheld LCD (1999)
  • Re-released as Reading Blaster Mission 3: The Secret Of Islandia
Reading Blaster for Kindergarten
  • Re-released as Reading Blaster Mission 1: Secret Of the Sunken
Reading Blaster for 1st Grade
  • Re-released as Reading Blaster Mission 2: Planet of the Lost Things

Other subjects

Games Platforms and Release Years
Science Blaster Jr. Windows, Macintosh (1996)
Writing Blaster: Ages 6-9 Windows, Macintosh (1998)

Compilations

Year Title Games
Math Blaster Anniversary
  • Math Blaster: Ages 6–9
  • Spelling Blaster: Ages 6–9
Blaster Learning System 3R's: Ages 4–6
  • Reading Blaster: Ages 4–6
  • KidWorks Deluxe
  • Math Blaster: Ages 4–6
Blaster Learning System 3R's: Ages 6–9
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Blaster Learning System 3R's: Ages 9–12
  • Reading Blaster: Ages 9–12
  • Multimedia Workshop
  • Math Blaster: Ages 9–12
2005 Math Blaster Game Pack: Ages 6–12
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Other languages

Math:

  • Swedish (titled "Matte Raketen")
  • Finnish (titled "Matikkaraketti")
  • Japanese (titled "算数戦士ブラスター(Sansū Senshi Burasutā)")
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