The original publisher of household names such as Myst, Prince of Persia and Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego is donating its software library and corporate records to the museum known as the home of the National Toy Hall of Fame.
The Strong museum, of Rochester, New York, announced the acquisition of Brøderbund’s collection today. The Strong is a museum devoted “solely to the history and exploration of play,” according to its news release. It is also home to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games.
Brøderbund, acquired 15 years ago by The Learning Company, once was one of the largest publishers of video games and educational software. The games it published are staples of 1980s and 1990s PC nostalgia, including Carmen Sandiego, Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing and The Print Shop in its education and productivity lineup, and Lode Runner, Karateka and Myst in its entertainment catalogue.
“The Brøderbund Software Collection includes nearly 1500 games and other pieces of consumer software,” said The Strong, including works both made and published by Brøderbund and those made by its contemporaries.