Crypto Cube

Moby ID: 2139
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20 themed words are arranged in criss-cross formation over the faces of a three-dimensional cube. You have to guess and uncover them. A mascot- The Wuzzle- apprises you of your progress.

When uncovering the words, you will get: a blank square- no points and the turn is over; a vowel- 5 points and another turn; a consonant- you get a question mark and must guess the letter- a correct guess nets 10 points and another turn, an incorrect guess -5 points and the turn is over. There are also bonus squares that let you pick an extra square on the current cube-side, as well as one on another side.

New word lists can be added by the user- ostensibly to allow children to practice their spelling homework.

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Compatibility

This game suffers nearly the same fate as Cyborg in that the booter simply refuses to work on a majority of PCs. The code which loads the game has a quirk (not really a bug because it is valid code) in which it checks the value of the AX register after reading some sectors off the disk, and falls into a "disk error" screen whenever AX is not zero. On BIOSes released after the IBM PC (pretty much every computer made after 1982!) the standard BIOS code was changed to always return the number of sectors read in AX. Thus, the game only works on original IBM 5150's and 100% compatibles. The game does not load on the IBM XT, Tandy 1000 series, or even the IBM PCjr, as they were all released after the BIOS standard changed.

Development

An interesting note in the front of the manual- "Written in MicroMotion FORTH-79".

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Game added by Robert Morgan.

Apple II, Commodore 64 added by iShrek. Atari 8-bit added by Servo.

Additional contributors: jeff leyda.

Game added August 13, 2000. Last modified February 22, 2023.