Melody Blaster

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Follow this link for info about the review system. 1 = Terrible, 5 = Awesome!

The one—and—only piece of software made for the Music Synthesizer. Too bad they cancelled the additional song cassettes mentioned in the instructions.

Melody BlasterGraphics: 3
Sound: 3
Replay Value: 3
Notes: 1-player game; requires Music Synthesizer add-on and ECS
Screen Shots

I haven't played this game very much, so there is no review. Ratings are average pending further review.




ROM No ROM variants have been identified.
Box So far, two variations have been found.
Manual Three variants have been identified.
Overlays No variations have been found. Note: This game uses multiple overlays.
Label To date, two labels have been recorded.
Easter Eggs No Easter Eggs have been found.




A total of two Melody Blaster box variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Melody Blaster Box (Mattel Electronics 4540) Mattel Electronics 4540 1983 Singapore Book-style box; plastic tray; copyright info on back cover; has bar code on back; no detailed part number
Melody Blaster Box (Mattel Electronics 4540-0210) Mattel Electronics 4540-0210 1983   Origin is not printed on box, but generic copyright info printed on back; opens on bottom flap—not a book-style box; has barcode on back

There are at least two different types of boxes for Melody Blaster. The traditional book-style box, and the flip-top box, which was common late in the life of the Intellivision at Mattel. It seems odd that such a late release would ever have had a book-type box.

In addition to the two box styles, the backs of the two different styles list different 'made in...' text in the lower left corner.

Melody Blaster box (Singapore)

Melody Blaster box
(Singapore)
(book style)

Melody Blaster Box (multiple made in ... text)

Melody Blaster box
(back refers to multiple countries)
(flip-top style)





A total of three Melody Blaster manual variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Melody Blaster Manual (Mattel Electronics 4540-0920 (L001)) Mattel Electronics 4540-0920 (L001) 1983 U.S.A. Correction notice also enclosed
Image not available. Mattel Electronics 4540-0920 (L002) 1983 Hong Kong Correction notice also enclosed
Melody Blaster Manual (Mattel Electronics 4540-0920) Mattel Electronics 4540-0920 None   Italian translation; noted, and image contributed by Ignorama; see the back here

Supplemental Materials

The following supplemental materials have been found for Melody Blaster.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Melody Blaster Additional Materials (Mattel Electronics 4540-0270 (L001)) Mattel Electronics 4540-0270 (L001) 1983 U.S.A. Describes cancellation of the cassette tapes referred to in the documentation and corrects errors in the manual
Melody Blaster Additional Materials (Mattel Electronics 4540-0270) Mattel Electronics 4540-0270 None Hong Kong Describes cancellation of the cassette tapes referred to in the manual and corrects various documentation errors; much more plain than the U.S.A. printing

A full accounting of the differences between the known version has not yet been carried out. The page the errata slip addresses is shown here. Special thanks to Classic Gamer for reminding me that there was an errata slip for Melody Blaster.

Original Page 7 text
Note the (page ?) text for Button #12!





Only one version of the overlays has been found for Melody Blaster.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Melody Blaster Overlay (Mattel Electronics 4540-4309) Mattel Electronics 4540-4309 1983 U.S.A. Overlay for left controller
Melody Blaster Overlay (Mattel Electronics 4540-4319) Mattel Electronics 4540-4319 1983 U.S.A. Overlay for right controller




A total of two Melody Blaster label variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Melody Blaster Label (Mattel Electronics) Mattel Electronics N/A 1983 Singapore Black background with blue letters; origin center-right; © M.E.I. 1983 lower right; ™ upper right; smaller label, rounded corners
Image not available. Mattel Electronics N/A 1983 Singapore Black background with blue letters; origin center-right; © M.E.I. 1983 lower right; ™ upper right; larger label, rounded corners




Title Screen Title screen for Melody Blaster.
Blaster's Blues Astrosmash! meets the ECS Music Synthesizer.




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