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Jacaranda Software
Industry Video games
Headquarters Brisbane, Australia
Key people
John Collins

Jacaranda Software was an Australian developer and publisher of educational computer games for children. It was based in Brisbane, Australia and published under the "inspirational" leadership of John Collins. The team worked as a department of Jacaranda-Wiley; the Australian imprint of American publishing company, Wiley. While it was considered initially as an experimental venture, it proved to be profitable from its first year through to its closure in the early 1990s. Jacaranda Software released titles for a range of computer systems, including the Apple II, Commodore 64, Macintosh, Microbee and BBC Micro. After the department closed, former employees David Smith, Bruce Mitchell, and Steve Luckett continued to write software for schools, under the name Greygum Software. They bought remaining stock, rights, and equipment from Jacaranda. As of 2015, several popular former Jacaranda titles are still available in Windows and Macintosh versions from Greygum Software, including Goldfields, Kraken: a deep sea quest, Desert Quest and Crossing the Mountains.


Title Year Known Versions References
Animal Rescue 1989 Apple II
Bush Rescue 1987 Apple II, BBC
Cardsharp 1988 Apple II, BBC
Cave Surveyor 1985
Clockwise: Time activities for the whole primary school 1992 Apple II, BBC
Crossing the Mountains 1989 Apple II, BBC
Cunning Running 1984 Apple II, C64, Microbee
Desert Quest 1984 Apple II, BBC, Macintosh
Dinosaur Discovery 1985 Apple II, BBC
Fleetfoot Express 1992 Apple II
Gold-Dust Island 1984 Apple II, BBC, C64, Microbee
Goldfields 1986 Apple II, BBC, C64, DOS, Macintosh, Windows
Jacaranda Maths 10 Software 1989
Kraken: A deep-sea quest 1989 Apple II, BBC, C64, Macintosh
Maths Bingo 1991 Apple II, BBC
Paws 1986 Apple II
Pieces of Eight 1986
Quick-Cartage Company 1984 Apple II, BBC, C64, Microbee
Raft-Away River 1984 Apple II, BBC, C64, Microbee
Scavenger Hunt 1984 Apple II, BBC, Microbee
Sheep-Dog Trial 1984 Apple II, C64, Microbee
Terra Australis: Voyages of trade and discovery 1988 Apple II, BBC
Transformations 1986 Apple II, BBC
The Tycoon Itch 1986 Apple II, BBC, C64
Vegetable Patch 1987 Apple II
Vote 1 1986 Apple II, BBC
Wordsmith 1985 Apple II, BBC
Wordswork 1985 Apple II, BBC
Wheat Farmer 1990 Apple II, BBC
Zoopak 1987 Apple II, BBC
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