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Lexi-Cross is a TV show simulation based on elements from Wheel of Fortune and Scrabble 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. The game features more than 600 puzzles.


  • Lexicross - Common alternate spelling

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Average score: 77% (based on 4 ratings)


Average score: 3.8 out of 5 (based on 13 ratings with 2 reviews)

A great blend of Wheel of Fortune, Scrabble and your local Crossword Puzzle

The Good
I picked up Lexi-Cross years ago, not knowing what it was. I was in for a shock!

I love this game... It combines Scrabble (The TV SHOW not the board game), with Wheel of Fortune to make a great game.

You start with a blank board. You take turns with a computer or human player, and start revealing tiles on the board. If a letter tile is revealed, you can choose another one. If it is blank, or a negative score tile, your turn is over. Once you feel you've uncovered enough blank tiles, you can start guessing letters. Guess a letter and a "Wheel" type spin occurs and you can pick a letter. Once you have figured out some of the words, you can solve the puzzle. Solving the puzzle is not like Wheel, but is a common theme based solution. For instance, if the clues were "Cat, dog, bird, fish" the answer could be Pets.

The graphics at the time are great. Vibrant and futuristic, the game's interface shines in connection with it's graphical detail.

The sound is negligible. It's Ok, but on the whole, it's not a big factor in the gameplay itself.

The control is done using the keyboard to select tiles and typing words.

The AI in the game is very good. Setting 1 is pretty stupid, and Setting 5 is brutal, and even on the 3rd setting, the AI give you a run for your money (or credits, in this case).

The gameplay is very unique. There are over 600 puzzles to play, so it'll keep you busy for a few days.

The Bad
It run REAL fast on a Pentium 233, although using MOSLO at 50% or less helps a GREAT deal.

The Bottom Line
This is a underrated classic that really deserved more attention that it received. If you find it, keep it. It's a fantastic game.

DOS · by Chris Martin (1169) · 2000

A fun cross between Scrabble and Wheel of Fortune

The Good
I love the fact that the puzzles are theme-based - each word on the board is related to a central theme. Also, each player has the same words in his puzzle, but in different places, so you can use both your exposed letters and your opponent's to try to guess the words (although my husband hates it when I use his board!)

The Bad
If you play it on too fast a computer, it can be too fast to follow sometimes.

The Bottom Line
Similar to Wheel of Fortune, but with a wacky, futuristic twist. A lot of fun to play with a partner, but you can also play against the computer.

DOS · by Melissa Leonard (100) · 2000



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 cartoons.


  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #132 in the “150 Best Games of All Time” list

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Game added by faceless.

Macintosh added by Kabushi.

Additional contributors: Trixter, Chris Martin, Patrick Bregger.

Game added January 15th, 2000. Last modified August 15th, 2023.