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Word Zapper Atari 2600 Title screen


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In Word Zapper your goal is to zap three words in 99 seconds. First, the current word will appear at the bottom of the screen. You then have to recreate this word by controlling your spaceship and zapping letters in the correct order which will be scrolling by at the top of the screen. To make this task more challenging, various asteroids will fly by horizontally; some asteroids will cause you to lose time, others destroy your ship ending the game. To help protect yourself, your spaceship is also equipped with lasers which can be used to destroy the asteroids.

If you shoot five asteroids in a row, you earn a "freebie" which can be used in place of any letter. You will also need to use the "freebie" to move on to the next word after all the necessary letters have been zapped. The game ends when you successfully zap three words, the time limit runs out, or your spaceship is destroyed by asteroids. Numerous game variations are available. These control the speed and density of the asteroids, the speed of the scrolling alphabet, and allow you to choose between zapping words or random letters.


Word Zapper Atari 2600 Zap letter in the correct order to recreate the word
Word Zapper Atari 2600 Title screen
Word Zapper Atari 2600 First, the word you need to zap appears at the bottom of the screen
Word Zapper Atari 2600 The alphabet scrolls by at the top of the screen

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Woodgrain Wonderland Dec 09, 2018 B- 67
Game Freaks 365 Jul 05, 2010 6.7 out of 10 67
The Atari Times Apr 25, 2014 60 out of 100 60
Electronic Fun with Computers & Games Dec, 1982 2 out of 4 50
All Game Guide 1998 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) Aug 09, 2008 1 out of 10 10
The Video Game Critic Feb 25, 2005 F 0


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Servo (57351) added Word Zapper (Atari 2600) on May 22, 2004
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