The Electric Company® Word Fun

INTELLIVISION CARTRIDGE [#1122]

Release #17 November 5, 1980

Trademark used under license from Children's Television Workshop, Inc.

AKA Word Fun

Produced by APh Technology Consultants for Mattel Electronics

Program: Kevin Miller

Title screen graphics: Jerrol Richardson


Instructions Posted Here

CATALOG DESCRIPTION

How these little monkeys love to learn! Watch them swing through the jungle, capturing letters with their tails and making words.

Three great learning games. Find a Word has little learners weaving words in and out of each other. Word Hunt sends them into the jungle looking for missing letters.

And Word Rocket has them blasting vowels into the sky to ake words out of clouds of consonants.

It's the fun and easy way to improve vocabulary skills.

  • Three fascinating word games
  • One or two players
  • Developed in conjunction with The Children's Television Workshop


PRODUCTION NOTES

Find a Word was renamed Crosswords between the printing of the catalogs and the release of the cartridge.

BUG: The game won't work when plugged into an Intellivision II. A feature to keep early Coleco-produced Intellivision cartridges from working in the Intellivision II inadvertantly keeps Word Fun from working also. Marketing didn't feel Word Fun was important enough to hold up release of Intellivison II to fix the problem.

FUN FACT: The fact that Word Fun didn't work with Intellivision II allowed one group of kids to get copies of every Intellivision game for $1.95 each. RIngleader Mark Thompson wrote to explain the scam:

"When the Intellivision II came out, we found out that Word Fun didn't work on the new version and so we called Mattel to see what was going on. When we found out that Mattel was offering to replace the Word Fun cartridges with any other game we wanted, we went down to their place in Hawthorne.

"One day I went to Kay-Bee Toys for new games and saw that Word Fun was only $1.95. To make a long story short, every Kay-Bee store in the LA area was able to sell completely out of Word Fun! We would get a carload of our friends (I was 14 at the time) and make a field trip of going down to turn in our Word Fun cartridges for new games. We'd ahve about 6 people in the car and each of us would turn in two Word Fun games at a time about once a week (a self-imposed limit because I didn't want to ruin this). The fact that we were able to do this for about six months surprised me. Pllus I made a lot of money selling the newest cartridges for about $25 apiece."