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Release Date: 1/1/1982
Manufacturer: Romox
At one point, this cartridge was probably thought to be something of the holy grail in early home computing. It attempted to fuse game play ala Pac-Man (for the kids who would bug their parents for a game machine) with the acquisition of a particular skill (typing - to keep the parents happy.). There was a great deal of debate during these early years as to the role that computer games would / should fill in the education process. This cartridge was released in 1982 and, as such, is one of the first attempts to balance both fun with learning. Unfortunately, it doesn't do a very good job at either. As a touch typist, I was focused on the words and missed the "thrill" (if that is what it is) of watching my maze muncher wander through the maze. If I was approaching this as a gaming experience, I'd have given up after about ten seconds (to be honest, as a typist, I didn't last much longer) as there is no real control of the gaming experience. All one can do is type.
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