is a fun TV game show based on elements from Wheel of Fortune
in a humorous futuristic setting. Competing either against other living creatures (humans, aliens) or against robots, you must flip the tiles and use the revealed letters to form the correct words.
With more than 600 challenging puzzles, Lexi-Cross
should keep the average game show fan busy for quite a while.
- "Lexicross" -- Common alternate spelling
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According to programmer Peter Oliphant
, the developers initially worked with another unnamed publisher. They received 10.000 Dollars and the publisher went bankrupt - the result was that they could use the money without obligations. After they developed a demo, Oliphant had a meeting with Brian Fargo
, the head of Interplay. He was lukewarm at first, but later he almost bombarded Oliphant with phone messages with the wish to publish the game. Why? Fargo took the demo home, played it and his wife went completely crazy over it.
The names of the opponents in the game are taken from many different areas:
AGIMA - Amiga spelled backwards
TOBOR - Robot spelled backwards
VEEGER - The cloudship from Star Trek: The Motion Picture
ROBBY - Robby the Robot from Lost in Space
ENIAC - The first computer
BABBAGE - Named after Charles Babbage, considered the father of modern computing
TURING - Helped desgin the first computer, and also helped crack the "Engima" sipher during WWII
OLIVAW - Last name of Isaac Asimov's book character
JOSHUA - Password into the W.O.P.R. Computer in the movie WarGames
C64PO - Homage to Star Wars
and the C64
R3D3 - See above
ADANAC - Canada spelled backwards
FALKEN - Name of the Professor in WarGames
DANEEL - Character in Issac Asimov's novels
ELIZA - Considered the first artificial intelligence on computers
MARVIN - Either a reference to Marvin the Paranoid Android from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
, or to Marvin the Martian from Bugs Bunny
- Computer Gaming World
- November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #132 in the “150 Best Games of All Time” list