MATTEL ELECTRONICS(R)
INTELLIVISION(TM) Intelligent Television
CARTRIDGE INSTRUCTIONS
THE ELECTRIC COMPANY(TM)* MATH FUN(TM)*
Imagine you're a Gorilla walking through the jungle. Behind every tree lurks
an animated animal, and behind every animal, a problem in addition,
subtraction, multiplication, or division! You can escape the clutches of the
animal by solving the problem in math, but if you miss, you'll have to jump in
the river where you'll encounter the ferocious crocodiles!
Illustrations (C) Mattel, Inc. 1979, Hawthorne, CA 90250.
PRINTED IN U.S.A. All Rights Reserved. 2613-0920(A)
*Trademarks of and licensed by Children's Television Workshop, Inc.
Note to Parents: Gone are the days of laborious arithmetic drills! THE
ELECTRIC COMPANY(TM) MATH FUN(TM) by Mattel Electronics(R) is an exciting
and enjoyable way for children of elementary school age to improve their
math skills. Developed in conjunction with the famous Children's Television
Workshop (The Electric Company), THE ELECTRIC COMPANY MATH FUN takes the
"sting" out of learning by using the latest, most progressive techniques.
For a change your child can look forward to solving problems ranging from
one digit addition (9 + 3 = 12), to four digit long-division (1050 divided by
25 = 42).
The game can be played in two ways:
1. Two players can compete against each other. This is fun and exciting.
If the two players are different ages, they can each choose a different skil
level (the game offers 18 levels of difficulty). The computer will also
automatically adjust to compensate in case one player gets too far ahead of
the other.
2. One child can play alone, developing speed and accuracy at his own pace.
As his competency increases he can move to the higher levels of difficulty.
The computer will also automatically adjust the level of difficulty
according to how the player is progressing.
3. Give children pencils and paper. For starters, try playing a game with
your child! THE ELECTRIC COMPANY MATH FUN can be enjoyable for you, too!
OBJECT OF THE GAME: To correctly answer as many of your problems as possible
in the shortest possible time. The game can be played by one player alone
trying to improve his speed and accuracy, or two players can compete
against each other in an exciting contest! Each player chosses the number
of problems he wants to encounter, as well as the level of difficulty of
those problems. The computer will also automatically adjust the level of
dificulty according to hwo well each player is progressing.
PARENTS: CHECK EQUIPMENT.
MAKE SURE:
MASTER COMPONENT is connected to the TV set and power cord is plugged in.
TV set is plugged in and properly adjusted.
THE ELECTRIC COMPANY MATH FUN(TM)* Cartridge is placed in slot and firmly
engaged.
OFF/ON Switch is turned ON.
PRESS RESET BUTTON: Title will appear on TV screen: "THE ELECTRIC COMPANY MATH
FUN."
NOTE: When Keyboard Component is added to the Master Component, Cartridge goes
into slot on the Keyboard Component, sold separately. See instructions with
Keyboard Component.
Remove hand-held controllers from console.
Insert plastic overlays for THE ELECTRIC COMPANY(TM) MATH FUN(TM) into each
hand-controller. Make sure fit is tight, overlay all the way in.
MATH FUN CONTROLS
NUMBER KEYS
Use these keys (1 thru 9 + 0) to give your answers to the problems. You also
use these keys to select the number of problems you want to encounter, as
well as their level of difficulty.
ENTER KEY
You must press ENTER at the following times:
* After choosing your Number of Problems (See HOW-TO-PLAY #3)
* After choosing your Level of Difficulty (HOW-TO-PLAY #4)
* After giving your Answer (HOW-TO-PLAY #6)
* After a wrong answer, you must press ENTER again to continue play
(HOW-TO-PLAY #6B)
ERASE KEY
If you change your mind about your answer (or number of problems and level
of difficulty), press ERASE before pressing ENTER. Your first answer will
disappear and you can then answer again. Once you have pressed ENTER you
cannot change your answer.
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY
Your ELECTRIC COMPANY MATH FUN Game has 18 levels of difficulty which are
divided into Color and Skill levels as follows:
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| DIFFICULTY | COLOR LEVEL | SKILL LEVEL |
|------------|-------------|-------------|
| ^ | Black key | 1,2,3,4 |
| EASIER |-------------|-------------|
| | Blue key | 1,2,3,4 |
| |-------------|-------------|
| | Yellow key | 1,2,3,4 |
| |-------------|-------------|
| | Purple key | 1,2,3,4 |
| HARDER |-------------|-------------|
| v | Red key | 1,2 |
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HARDER -->
Color and skill levels must be combined to produce the level of difficulty you
want. Thus Black #1 would be the easiest level, and Red #2 the most difficult.
CHECK ANSWER
If you have answered incorrectly, the computer will automatically replace your
wrong answer with the correct one. If you want to see your original answer,
press the CHECK ANSWER disc. Your answer will appear in white numbers.
HOW TO PLAY
Have a parent or other adult check to see that the Master Component is plugged
in and your TV set is turned on.
1. Turn Master Control Switch ON, insert cartridge, put THE ELECTRIC COMPANY
MATH FUN(TM) overlay in your Hand Controller, and press RESET.
2. Now press the ENTER Key on you Hand Controller to begin play.
3. You will se "Player #1, No. of Problems," on your TV screen. Player #1
(right Hand Controller) then presses the Number Keys to select the total number
of problems he wants to answer. The maximum number of problems you can
select is 99. It may be advisable, however, to start with 10 or fewer. For
10 problems you would press Key #1 followed by Key #0. The number 10 will
appear on your screen. Then press ENTER.
4. You will then see "Level" and a whit square. Player #1 will choose his
Level of Difficulty:
A. First, press the key corresponding to the Color Level you want (black is
easiest, red is hardest--see Color Level chart). The white square will
change to the color chosen.
B. Next, choose the Skill Level by pressing the Number Key for the level you
want. Ther are four Skill Levels for each of the first four Color Levels, and
two Skill Levels for the Red Color Level (see chart). The number of the
Skill Level you have chosen will appear.
C. Press ENTER.
5. Player #2 can now choose his own Number of Problems and Level of
Difficulty. (If only one player wants to play, he can enter zero number of
problems on the other Hand Controlller--press "0" followed by ENTER.)
6. Two Gorillas will appear, one for each player, with a wide flowing
river in between. As each Gorilla runs along the river bank he will encounter
an objstacle in the form of a jungle animal accompanied by a problem in
math. You answer the problem by pressing the Number Keys followed by ENTER
(or ERASE if you want to change your answer). When you give an answer the
numbers will appear on your screen one at a time starting at the right,
then move left to their correct positions as you complete your answer. For
instance, if your answer is 346, it will appear like this:
EXAMPLE
-1--------2-------3-------
| 366 | 366 | 366 |
| - 20 | - 20 | - 20 |
| ---- | ---- | ---- |
| 3 | 34 | 346 |
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A. If you answer correctly, the numbers in your problem will change in color
from white to either black or yellow (whichever is the color of your
Gorilla). The problem will then leave the screen entirely. Your Gorilla will
run along to the beat of a drum and the next animal and problem will
appear automatically.
B. If you answer incorrectly, the numbers in your problem will change in color
from white to blue, and the correct answer will automatically replace your
incorrect one. (Press CHECK ANSWER Disc if you want to see your original
wrong answer.) You must then press ENTER again, at which point your Gorilla
will be forced to jump into the river where he will be confronted by a
crocodile and a new problem will appear.
You must answer the new problem correctly in order to get your Gorilla back
on dry land. If you give another wrong answer while your Gorilla is in the
river, you must press ENTER again to make the next problem appear. Your
Gorilla cannot jump out of the river until you answer correctly. (The computer
will auto-adjust the Level of Difficulty in case your Gorilla is having
trouble getting out of the river.)
LET'S LOOK AT A COUPLE OF PROBLEMS:
RIGHT ANSWER
The problem will leave the screen and the next one will appear automatically.
WRONG ANSWER
The computer will change it to the right answer. In order to continue, you
must press ENTER to make your Gorilla jump into the river.
[TG: the following is as it appears in the manual, there is clearly a mistake]
slashmark numbers at the top of the screen. The first digit is the number of
problems you have answered correctly, and the second is the total number
you have attempted up to that point.
Thus 3/5 means you have answered three problems correctly out of the five
you've encountered so far. When you have answered all your problems your
total score will be shown. Also, the time it tok for you to complete your
problems will appear beneath your final score.
8. When you have answered all your problems your Gorilla will do a victory
dance and leave the screen. If one player has finished before another, the
game continues until the second player has answered all his problems. If
your Gorilla is in the river when you answer your last problem, he will jump
out and leave the screen whether you answer correctly or not.
9. TO KEEP SCORE: both players try same number of problems. Give yourself
100 points for each right answer.
Then figure out how long it took to answer the problems. (Multiply each
minute by 60 and add on the extra seconds.)
Subtract the total number of seconds from the right answer score.
Example: If you go 7 right in 2 mins. and 10 secs.:
Your points: 700
Subtract -130 (2 X 60 + 10)
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YOUR SCORE: 570
10. To start a new game, press RESET.
--- 90 DAY LIMITED WARRANTY ---
Mattel Electronics (R) warrants to the original consumer purchaser of any
cartridge or cassette it manufactures that the product will be free
of defects in material or workmanship for 90 days from the
date-of-purchase. If defective, return the product along with
proof of the date-of-purchase to either your local dealer or,
postage prepaid, to:
Consumer Adjustement Center
5150 Rosecrans Avenue
Hawthorne, California 90250
for replacement. This warranty gives you specific legal
rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state
to state. This warranty does not cover damage resulting from
accident, misuse, or abuse.
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