The Electric Company Word Fun

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Verbal exercises for young minds.

The Electric Company Word FunGraphics: 3
Sound: 2
Replay Value: 2
Notes: 1- or 2-player game; does not work on Intellivision II
Screen Shots

Honestly, I haven't spent too much time with this game. The various phases each seem OK, and overall I'd judge it better than Math Fun. The graphics are better and more varied. Still, it's supposed to be edutainment, and we all know how well that material fares. Mattel, after all, wanted to make money.

The older Intellivision Master Component boxes have an interesting screen shot for Word Fun. Was this a precursor to what became Word Rockets? Seems similar in concept - supply the missing letter.

Word Fun Prerelease Screen Shot
Prerelease Word Fun Shot



ROM It is rumored that two variants exist.
Box So far, four variations have been found.
Manual Six variants have been identified.
Overlays Three different overlay variations are known to exist.
Label To date, two labels have been recorded.
Easter Eggs It has been reported that an Easter Egg exists, but I've never been able to actually observe it.




A total of four The Electric Company Word Fun box variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
The Electric Company Word Fun Box (Mattel Electronics 1122-0910) Mattel Electronics 1122-0910 1980 U.S.A Plastic tray; part number on top not in white box; © Mattel, Inc. Hawthorne, CA on bottom; refers to Keyboard Component on cover
The Electric Company Word Fun Box (Mattel Electronics 1122-0910) Mattel Electronics 1122-0910 1980 Hong Kong Plastic tray; part number on top not in white box; © Mattel, Inc. Hawthorne, CA on bottom; refers to Keyboard Component on cover
The Electric Company Word Fun Box (Mattel Electronics 1122-0910-G1) Mattel Electronics 1122-0910-G1 1980 Hong Kong Plastic tray; no part number on top; © Mattel, Inc. Hawthorne, CA on bottom
The Electric Company Word Fun Box (Mattel Electronics 1122-0410) Mattel Electronics 1122-0410 1980 Hong Kong International Edition; plastic tray; no part number on top; © Mattel, Inc. Hawthorne, CA on bottom; slots in back for manual; slots inside for overlays




The original release of this game is not compatible with the Intellivision II console. The claim has been made that a later version of the ROM did work on the Inty II console. Haven't seen this personally. decle's site reports the rumored existence of this variant. Can anyone verify this with an actual cartridge?





A total of six The Electric Company Word Fun manual variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
The Electric Company Word Fun Manual (Mattel Electronics 1122-0920) Mattel Electronics 1122-0920 1980 U.S.A. Note that the logos are in black text, as opposed to the blue text used in the other versions of the manual; submitted by Hankster, who also reports this manual is in his PlayCable set; in November, 2014 JasonLikesINTV provided independent verification of this variation
The Electric Company Word Fun Manual (Mattel Electronics 1122-0920) Mattel Electronics 1122-0920 1980 Hong Kong  
The Electric Company Word Fun Manual (Mattel Electronics 1122-0920-G1) Mattel Electronics 1122-0920-G1 1980 Hong Kong Note the change in copyright layout
The Electric Company Word Fun Manual (Mattel Electronics 1122-0820-G2) Mattel Electronics 1122-0820-G2 1980 Hong Kong British English edition; submitted by Hankster
The Electric Company Word Fun Manual (Mattel Electronics PC-1122-0920) Mattel Electronics PC-1122-0920 1980 U.S.A. PlayCable version; part number on back cover
Image not available. Intellivision Inc. 1122-0920-G1 None U.S.A. Discovered in November, 2014 by JasonLikesINTV, this is an extremely rare variation; flip-book style with stable along top edge

Other than the obvious overlay order form difference, the warranty and repair info page is different, too. This is probably common to many of the various revisions.

Warranty Info (0riginal)

Original warranty info

Warranty Info (rev. G1)

Revised warranty info (rev. G1)
(note different address, minor text revisions)

Finally, we see an omission on the back of the later revision. The registered copyright symbol is missing.

Back Cover (0riginal)

Back cover (original)

Back Cover (rev. G1)

Back Cover (rev. G1)
(note missing registered trademark symbol)





A total of three The Electric Company Word Fun overlay variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
The Electric Company Word Fun Overlay (Mattel Electronics 1122-4289) Mattel Electronics 1122-4289 1980 U.S.A. No shadows behind bottom row of boxes
The Electric Company Word Fun Overlay (Mattel Electronics 1122-4289) Mattel Electronics 1122-4289 1980 U.S.A. Black shadows behind bottom row of boxes
Image not available. Intellivision Productions N/A None   Part of the standard 10 overlay set from the 2014 Intellivision Flashback; copyright information has been removed; no shadows behind bottom row of boxes




A total of two The Electric Company Word Fun label variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
The Electric Company Word Fun Label (Mattel Electronics) Mattel Electronics N/A None   No origin; ™ upper right; Electric Company logo on left; submitted by Hankster
The Electric Company Word Fun Label (Mattel Electronics) Mattel Electronics N/A None Hong Kong Origin upper right; ™ upper right; Electric Company logo on left




Title Screen Title screen for The Electric Company Word Fun.
Crosswords Seems more like Scrabble to me...
Word Hunt Never tried this one all that much.
Word Rockets Now this is more like it! Kinda Space Invaders and Hooked on Phonics' mutant red-haired stepchild.





The Electric Company Word Fun Easter Egg

Credit: Joe Zbiciak's post to the intvprog group on Yahoo on 23. March, 2001

Press 43210 during word rockets mode
Easter Egg: ?? I can't see anything happen.




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