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Spelling Jungle (also known as Yobi's Basic Spelling Tricks) is an educational game with puzzle elements. The general objective of the game is to paddle a raft up a river, preventing it from flooding. The game consists of two main gameplay modes: solving a word-spelling puzzle on the "puzzle map", and participating in a simple spelling test. The objective of the puzzle map is to collect letter tiles by walking over them in the correct order, spelling a suggested word. The game consists of 101 such maps, gradually increasing in difficulty: the player will eventually have to avoid enemies (such as rhinoceroses and tigers), try not to fall into bottomless pits, and use various tools and vehicles to get to the desired letter.

Completion of a puzzle map section leads to a spelling test phase, where the player is asked to spell various words. If the player spells the word correctly, his raft will slightly advance. After having spelled several words correctly, the player will be able to advance to the next level.


Spelling Jungle Windows 3.x Title Screen (Floppy in-game title)
Spelling Jungle Windows 3.x Trying to solve word puzzle
Spelling Jungle Windows 3.x Main Screen
Spelling Jungle Windows 3.x Type what Yobi says

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Alternate Titles

  • "Yobi's Spelling Demons" -- Original working title (abandoned)
  • "Yobi's Magic Spelling Tricks" -- Box title (Floppy disk version)
  • "Yobi's Basic Spelling Tricks" -- In-game title (Floppy disk version)
  • "Dream Team: Basic Spelling Tricks" -- Original US (Brightstar) release title

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User Reviews

A great educational title, but is it really for children? Windows 3.x Katakis | カタキス (42836)

Critic Reviews

MacUser Macintosh Dec, 1994 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Macintosh Jan, 1994 Unscored Unscored


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Spelling Jungle was originally distributed by Bright Star Technology under the name Basic Spelling Tricks. When the company was acquired by Sierra, the game was released under the name Yobi's Magic Spelling Tricks, but was also referred to as Yobi's Basic Spelling Tricks, Basic Spelling, and Yobi's Spelling Demons. Also the game developers have left a comment in the executable file's dump as follows: "The original name of this program is Yobi's Spelling Demons, but we had to change it because some people might think this program has something to do with evil supernatural beings." In 1994, the name was changed to Spelling Jungle.
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