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a game by Jaleco
Platform: GameBoy
Editor Rating: 8/10, based on 2 reviews
User Rating: 6.0/10 - 2 votes
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WordZap by Jaleco guarantees countless hours of portable Game Boy fun. This wordy cart's a real tiger in the gaming jungle and its fun, too.

Word-Zap's like Scrabble with a few interesting twists. Raying alone against the computer or taking turns with a friend, your challenge is to create words out of a jumbled collection of letters. However in WordZap, you can only build words horizontally.

A plethora of other options help keep the challenge, ridin' high. For example, during each play you can only pull certain consonants and vowels from the letter pile. You can choose from three levels of difficulty, as well as select the number of letters (3,4, or a 5) in each word.

That's just i the beginning. There's also a Hint feature, which you can switch on and off; a Plurals Feature, which enables you to use plurals without being penalized, and a Timed Turns feature, which places you at odds with the dock. For you word-softies, there's even a Handicap feature that will give you up to a three-word lead on any round. You'd hardly expect it from a puzzle-style game, but the tunes are ultra groovy, too!

WordZap is guaranteed to satisfy the bored traveler, or wannabe vocabulary whizz. With a dictionary of over 8,000 words, WordZap will keep you entertained, and may teach you a thing or two, to boot!


  • Take a few moments to envision some word possibilities before you begin play.
  • Ration "A's" and "E's" to use towards the end of a round.

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

How fast can you spell out: bag, rag, rug, mug, tug? Speedy spelling wins the game in Word Zap, Jaleco's latest word puzzler.

Two for the Price of One

You get two games in this cart: Word Zap and Word Hai. In the title game, you want to be the first to spell out seven three-to five-letter words with the letters provided. You can use letters as often as you'd like. The catch is that whenever you and your opponent spell out the same word, it's "zapped" from both of your lists.

In Word Hai you also have to spell seven words. However, you can only use a letter once, and you must use up all of the letters on your pallet.

A Tough Customer

Both games succeed or fail based on the quality of the dictionary provided and the challenge of the game. The dictionary here contains more than 10,000 words, and it judges your entries with a fairly even hand. As for the challenge...well, these are hard games, even on the easiest setting. For nuts who love word-play, however, the games do get easier and more addictive the more you play.

If you've got a hankerin' for a tough game of Scrabble, check out this mind-numbing cart.


  • To win in 3-Letter Word Hat, count the vowels before you start spelling words. Usually, you'll only beabfe to use one vowel per word.
  • To beat me computer in Any-Letter Wont Zap, look for rhyming wonts and alliteration, like pan, fan, can in three-letter mode, or face, race, lace in four-letter mode.

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