Arthur's Birthday is the seventh Living Books PC CD-Rom Game based on the 1989 storybook written by Marc Brown, and was originally released in 1994 and then V2 released in 1997.
The story opened with Arthur finishing up his invitations and going to school to hand them out to the boys and girls, who were sure to come. Then, he proceeded to hand one out to Muffy, who replied that she's having a birthday party. They both get surprised, because they were born on the same day, and couldn't reschedule as a lot has been planned already. The classmates then discussed about whose party they could go to, and struggle to figure it out. After getting some gifts and more decorations, Arthur met up with Francine a few days later to tell her all about a solution to the problem. Then, they write invitations and deliver them to everyone's mail-box, and a special one goes to Muffy, telling her about a present too big to fit in a box, so she must be at Arthur's house to get it. Everyone makes it there, and they all surprised Muffy by having both parties at the same house. They promised to do it next year at her house. The story ended with Francine giving Arthur a bottle labelled "Spin the Bottle", which she had been pestering him about earlier on.
Games on Version 2 Edit
- Mystery Present
- Pin the Tail on the Donkey
- Arthur Read
- D.W. Read
- Mrs. Read
- Mr. Read
- Baby Kate
- Grandma Thora
- The Brain
- Sue Ellen
- The Twins
- Baby Kate
- The running gag in this Living Books are party blowers and confetti.
- In V2, D.W.'s extra dialogue is done by her voice actress from the latter three games.
- For some reason, Spanish was omitted from V2 as a language option. This was likely done to conserve space to make room for the activities.
- In the first four games for V1.1, the preview for this game also exists in the files, but can only be accessed when you edit the outline file.
- V1 was in low audio quality. However, V2 had higher audio quality for any newly-added material.
- You leave the book when Arthur says, "Okay, bye!", the same game as Harry and the Haunted House.
- This is the third Living Books game to feature the Wizard animation in the credits.
- Strangely enough, in the credits, at one point when the guy keeps typing on his computer, the following graphic/color errors occurred (the only other game to have this was Little Monster at School):
- The computer's wires turned dark blue instead of red.
- After the computer explodes, the guy's white shirt turns blue-green (fixed in V2 of Arthur's Birthday).
- The computer's wires and monitor were also blue green (the ceiling-crash sound effect from the credits in later games was used for the first time without being cut off).
- When the computer's monitor was blinking in front of the guy's face after he lies down on his desk, the shining from the computer's blinking red monitor in front of the guy's face was blue instead of red.
- In Version 2, the byline "A Random House/Brøderbund Company" was replaced with "Brøderbund Software, Inc.".
- The 1997 Version has a demo for "Orly's Draw-A-Story".