JumpStart Games

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JumpStart Games, Inc.
Knowledge Adventure, Inc. (1991–2012)
IndustryVideo game industry
Founded1991; 28 years ago (1991)
ParentNetDragon Websoft (2017–present)

JumpStart Games, Inc. (formerly Knowledge Adventure, Inc.) is an American edutainment game developer based in Torrance, California. Founded in 1991, it owns the Neopets virtual pet website, and it itself owned by Chinese holding company NetDragon Websoft.


Until 1994, Knowledge Adventure had created DOS games, including Knowledge Adventure: The Game, Mario Teaches Typing, Isaac Asimov's Science Adventure, Space Adventure, Mario is Missing!, Dinosaur Adventure, Mario's Time Machine Imax's Speed, Undersea Adventure, 3D Dinosaur Adventure, Isaac Asimov's Science Adventure II, America Adventure, Kid's Zoo: A Baby Animal Adventure, 3D Body Adventure, Space Adventure II, Aviation Adventure, Bug Adventure, Imax's Discoverers, Magic Theater, My First Encyclopedia, Mario's Game Gallery, Mario Teaches Typing 2, Lionel Trains Presents:Trans Con! and Zurk's Learning Safari.[citation needed]

Knowledge Adventure was owned by various firms throughout several corporate mergers. During that time, Knowledge Adventure released many branded games such as Dr. Brain, Barbie, Bear in the Big Blue House, Teletubbies, Noddy, Jurassic Park III, Captain Kangaroo, Curious George and American Idol.[citation needed]

In late 2004, Vivendi sold Knowledge Adventure to a group of investors interested in taking a more active management strategy, and in developing new educational software. The company has since released new products under both the Jumpstart and Math Blaster brands.[citation needed]

In October 2012, Knowledge Adventure changed its name to JumpStart Games.[1]

On March 17, 2014, JumpStart Games purchased Neopets from Viacom.[citation needed]

On July 7, 2017, JumpStart Games was acquired by Chinese online game publisher NetDragon Websoft.[2]

Back-catalog digital re-releases[edit]

On November 25, 2014, five Knowledge Adventure titles were re-released digitally as DRM-Free exclusives on ZOOM-Platform.com through a partnership between JumpStart and the Jordan Freeman Group. The five titles included 3D Body Adventure, 3D Dinosaur Adventure, Dinosaur Adventure (Original), Space Adventure, and Undersea Adventure.[citation needed]

On March 6, 2015, another Knowledge Adventure title, Bug Adventure, was re-released digitally as a DRM-Free exclusive on ZOOM-Platform.com. This title was also released through the partnership between JumpStart and the Jordan Freeman Group. ZOOM-Platform.com indicated the game was released due to the "incredible reaction" they got to the first batch of Knowledge Adventure titles.[3]


  1. ^ "Company Overview of JumpStart Games, Inc". Retrieved June 26, 2019.
  2. ^ Whyte, Alexandra (July 7, 2017). "Neopets owner acquired by China's NetDragon". kidscreen.com. Retrieved June 26, 2019.
  3. ^ "ZOOM Announces Exclusive Release of Knowledge Adventure Back-Catalog". November 25, 2014. Retrieved June 26, 2019.