WORD ZAPPER / U.S. Games / Atari 2600

Hokay, lemme see if I can explain Word Zapper. I guess it's supposed to be an edutainment title - each board gives you a word to spell, usually a pretty simple one. But you spell it out by guiding your spaceship around, dodging some Gradius-like onslaught of foes from the sides while trying to shoot upward to stop a constantly-rotating wheel of letters on the right one. Thank goodness there's no penalty for shooting the wrong letter, or this game would be impossible! As it is, it's way too hard for the age range that would benefit from spelling stuff like "star" and "cow." Really not well thought out.

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