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Learning Fun II - Word Wizard Memory Fun [Model 9006]

Mattel Intellivision cart. published 37 years ago by INTV Corp.

Listed in MAME

Learning Fun II - Word Wizard Memory Fun [Model 9006] screenshot

Learning Fun II - Word Wizard Memory Fun © 1987 INTV

The WORD ROCKETS title screen appears. Press the DISC to begin.

One or two players try to complete flying words! Load vowels on your wagon and launch them at the incomplete words in the sky. In a one-player game, player tries to beat his or her best time at completing 25 words. In a two-player game, first player to complete 25 words wins.

As an incomplete word sails across the sky, press the left or right of the DISC to move your wagon over one of the vowels that will complete the word. The left hand controller moves the red wagon and the right hand controller moves the yellow wagon.

Once you are over a letter that will complete the word, press any SIDE ACTION KEY to load the letter on the wagon. Using the DISC again, position the wagon for launching. Take the speed and height of the word into account when lining up the wagon. Press the SIDE ACTION KEY again to launch!

Launch a correct vowel, hit the word, and score a point! The screen flashes and the word changes to either red or yellow, matching the color of the wagon that launched it. (Note: In a two player game, if both players hit the word with a correct vowel at the same time, the word will turn yellow, but both players will score a point.)

If the vowel will not correctly complete the word, it will bounce off.

Note: As soon as you launch a vowel, another one will appear in its place. You can't load another vowel until the last one you launched is off the screen. If no vowel on screen will complete the current word, launch one and hope one you need appears.

The WORD HUNT title screen appears. Press the DISC. You are asked for the number of players. On the left hand controller, press 1 to play by yourself, 2 to play against a friend. Press ENTER to start the game.

Control a monkey to pick up letters to spell 3 words of up to 8 letters each. Think fast! The player with the highest score at the end of five 3-minute turns wins!

15 letters are scattered on screen. The clock at top center starts to count down from 3 minutes. The left hand controller controls the blue monkey. In a two player game, the right hand controller controls the white monkey.

Use the DISC to move your monkey. Stop the monkey covering a letter you want to pick up and press any SIDE ACTION KEY. Your monkey picks up the letter with its tail. Move the monkey and letter out of the jungle to your half of the scoring area at the bottom of the screen. Drop the letter by again pressing any SIDE ACTION KEY, then run back into the jungle for another letter.

Pick up letters, in order, to spell any word of eight letters or less. As you drop the letters, they automatically line up. When you finish the word, press ENTER. (If the word is 8 letters long, you don't need to press ENTER.)

You can make corrections by pressing CLEAR to erase the last letter. You can press CLEAR as many times as needed.

If you accidentally pick up a letter you don't need, quickly dump it in the trash can located at the bottom center of the jungle. Move your monkey to cover the trash can, then press any SIDE ACTION KEY.

In a two player game, you can cause trouble by watching what your opponent is trying to spell -- then grabbing the letters first and throwing them away! Careful -- two can play at that game!

When time runs out (3 minutes) or both players complete 3 words, it's time to check the words. An arrow points to the first word on the left. If the white player (on the right) wishes to challenge the word, check in the dictionary. If the word is not correctly spelled, the blue player must press his own CLEAR button (notice that the OK! on screen shows yes and no in the colors of the players who must answer). The word is erased from the screen and does not count toward the blue player's score. If the word is not challenged, or if is checked and found to be correct, blue player presses ENTER and 1 point is added to the blue player's score for each letter in the word. When playing by yourself, check your own words, pressing ENTER (correct) or CLEAR (wrong).

In a two-player game, after blue player's words are verified, repeat for the white player's words. After all words have been verified, there is a pause and another 3-minute turn starts. There are 5 turns in a game. To play another game, press RESET.

The CROSSWORDS title screen appears. Press the DISC.

Two players take turns spelling words on the grid. Each word must connect to another. Highest score after 20 moves wins.

At the beginning of the game, 7 letters are selected at random for each player. The letters for the left player (Tan) appear in a column at the left of the screen; the letters for the right player (Green) appear in a column at the right.

Tan looks for a word that can be spelled from the letters in his or her column. Not all letters have to be used, but each letter can only be used once. For example, if the letters in the column are R X E A K W B, the word "BEAR" could be spelled.

To place a word on the grid takes three steps:

1. Press the hand controller DISC to select where the word will start on the grid. As you press the DISC, squares on the grid will light up. When the square you want the first letter to go is lighted, release the DISC.

2. Press 1 if you want the word to be spelled from the lighted square to the right. Press 2 if you want it spelled from the lighted square down. At the top of the grid is a reminder: 1 for right, 2 for down. You can also press 3 to pass when you cannot spell a word from the letters you have. The reminder is shown in the color of the player whose turn it is.

3. Press the numbers on the hand controller that are next to the letters that spell the word, then press ENTER. For example, to spell BEAR from the letters above, you would press 7 then 3 then 4 then 1 then ENTER. (If you change your mind or press the wrong number, you can correct it if you haven't pressed ENTER yet: press CLEAR to take back the last letter placed on the grid. You can press CLEAR repeatedly to take back as many letters as you need; press it enough times and you can return to step 2.) At the top of the screen is a reminder that you can press 1 through 7 (1-7), CLEAR ©, or ENTER (e). Again, the reminder is shown in the color of the player whose turn it is.

Green may now ACCEPT or CHALLENGE Tan's word. To accept, Green presses ENTER and Tan receives 1 point per letter in the word. (For the example BEAR, Tan receives 4 points.)

If Green challenges, the word is looked up in a dictionary. If the word is spelled correctly, Green presses ENTER and Tan receives the points. If the word is spelled incorrectly, Tan must press CLEAR repeatedly, removing the word from the board, and then ENTER to pass the turn to Green. Green presses ENTER, then it's his or her turn to place a word on the grid following the three steps above. (Note the color of the reminder line at top to see who has the option of pressing ENTER.)

The second word on the grid and each word thereafter must connect to a word already on the grid. For example, if Green had the letters O C H Q Y B G, he or she could spell the word HOBBY using the B already on the grid (worth 5 points).

If a word does not connect to a previous word when ENTER is pressed, the buzzer sounds and the word is automatically cleared. Try again.

If you add a word to the grid that extends a word already on the grid, you get points both for the word you add AND the extended word. For example, Tan adds SUN to the grid such that it turns BEAR into BEARS. Tan gets 3 points for SUN and 5 points for BEARS. Look for ways to extend the beginning and end of words: NOT can become NOTE and HOE can become SHOE.

When you place letters, EVERY new word formed must be a real word, otherwise NONE of them will be allowed.

At the end of your turn, new letters fill in the blanks left by letters used. If you cannot spell a word from the letters in your column, you can get 7 new letters by pressing 3. The penalty for doing this is losing your turn.

The MEMORY FUN title screen appears. Press the DISC. You are asked for the level number you want to play at. Using the left hand controller, answer from 1 (easiest) to 44 (hardest), then press ENTER. You are then asked for the number of players. Press 1 to play by yourself or 2 to play against a friend, then press ENTER. If you answered 2 players, you will then be asked if you want to take turns (press 1, then ENTER) or play at the same time (press 2, then ENTER).

Uncover letters hidden by squares on the grid, looking for pairs that match. Players compete for the highest number of matches.

Using the DISC, point your arrow to a square on the grid (the left hand controller moves the red arrow; in a two-player game, the right hand controller moves the blue arrow). Press any SIDE ACTION KEY. The letter underneath the square is revealed. Select another square and again press any SIDE ACTION KEY. If the letters match, you score a point. If they don't, they are covered again and you keep searching.

Some squares have no letters underneath. These squares match with nothing, not even another empty square.

Two players either take turns or play at the same time. When taking turns, only one arrow (red or blue) appears on screen at a time.

If both play at the same time, the game becomes one not only of memory, but also speed, strategy, and dexterity! Keep track not only of the letters you reveal, but also those of your opponent. Your opponent may uncover a letter that's the same as one you've uncovered -- but since letters appear in the players' colors and only letters of the same color can match, you'll have to wait until the letters are covered again. Then it's a race to see who can get to them first! Think ahead -- you can block your opponent's match by uncovering a letter he or she was going to uncover!

The game ends when all letters have been matched. How well both players did is displayed in their colors:
Score: Number of matches made.
Turns: Number of pairs revealed.
Percentage right: Percentage of pairs revealed that were matches.
Time: Total time of the game.
Average time per score: Time of game divided by number of matches player made.

Player with higher score wins. If playing by yourself, work on increasing your percentage right while decreasing your average time per score.


Model 9006


While enhancing the game CROSSWORDS, Dave accidentally left off a prefix that indicated a number was supposed to be base 10 instead of base 16. As a result, the computer only selects words beginning with letters A through T instead of A through Z.

The score for the red wagon appears in the upper left corner, the score for the yellow wagon appears in the upper right. A clock is at top center to time yourself when playing alone -- how fast can you complete 25 words?

Design/Program: David Warhol
Graphics: Connie Goldman
Sound: David Warhol


Game's ROM.