This is a calculator, a math teaching tool, and 6 simple games. To use the calculator:
Enter your problem on the numberpad.
Press num-enter (it says =)
Press C (answer shows).
The 6 games each require a plastic overlay which is not in MESS.
This is a maze game. You must plot your way from start to finish.
Press M to select the game type (display shows P1 to P8). For a single player, choose P5.
Press N to start the game. It shows your starting position.
Press the button corresponding to that position. It then shows the ending position.
You need to choose a horizontal or vertical adjacent position to move to. Press that button.
You get a sound to indicate right or wrong (the sound is obvious).
When you reach the ending position you get another sound.
Coleco Total Control 4
This is a handheld game with a choice of 4 cartridges - American football, Basketball, Soccer, and Hockey. The cartridge carries the overlay of the playing field and snaps onto the front centre of the main unit. The joysticks and other controls are mounted on 'wings' on the main unit, to the left and right of the cart.
You need external artwork for this game. The numeric displays are missing from the internal artwork.
5 : Select (use this to select skill level 1,2,3,4. It beeps each time to indicate a change of level).
1 : Start the game. It plays a little tune.
Ctrl : Hammer
Arrows : Joystick
Hanimex (Soundic) Pencil II
All commands must be in uppercase, which is the default at boot. The 'capslock' is done by pressing Shift and Esc together, and the cursor will change to a checkerboard pattern.
Ideal Electronic Detective
When you start the game, it beeps 3 times then displays 'On'.
Choose difficulty (1,2,3)
Choose number of players (1,2,3,4)
Press Enter and you hear a tune.
The display shows a number (victim's number) and a letter (location of the carcass)
The game has started and you need to use the manual and the play cards. Good luck solving the case!
Milton-Bradley Comp IV
This is the same as the well-known game Mastermind. You can choose to have 3, 4, or 5 digits. No digits are repeated.
Press R. It selects the answer, which you need to work out. Wait until R is lit.
Now make your first guess, then E. The number of digits entered determines the difficulty (3/4/5).
The NUMBER column indicates how many correct digits you entered (but not which ones).
The SEQUENCE column indicates how many of those digits are in the correct place.
Note: if you entered a digit more than once (example 222), and there is a 2 in the answer, it will show 3 correct digits.
Enter your next guess, then E. If you enter the wrong number of digits, 1 will flash.
If you take too long, R will start to flash.
When you get the correct answer, all the numbers flash. Press R for another game.
In the Configuration menu, choose the Game Selection, and the Skill Level (1=easiest)
Use your mouse to click on Start
Parker Brothers Code Name: Sector
See the Manual for how to play.
A : Turn left
S : Turn right
F : Slower
G : Faster
Q : Next ship
T : Move ship
J : Evasive sub
X : Aim
C : Fire
Z : Range
E : Recall
M : Sub finder
B : Teach mode
If you don't do anything for a short while, the display turns into 2 flashing dots in order to preserve the battery.
Parker Brothers Merlin
This handheld device could play 6 games. The manual refers to buttons 0 through 10, but the artwork has no button numbers. They are arranged thus:
1 2 3
4 5 6
7 8 9
2: Music Machine
4: Blackjack 13
5: Magic Square
Use your mouse to click NEW GAME.
Click on the button corresponding to the game you wish to play (1,2,3,4,5,6)
The 10 light will flash and you'll get a sound. The game has started.
Read the Merlin Manual for further instructions.
Parker Brothers Stop Thief
This game requires a board and various articles such as cards and cash, together with the Electronic Crime Scanner. MESS only emulates the crime scanner, which produces every sound the thief makes. However it's up to you to work out where he is. For example, press C to get a clue (first clue is the fact that a crime is being committed - somewhere).
Parker Brothers Wildfire
This is a handheld game of pinball. MESS needs external artwork, as the game is completely unplayable as is.
The keys: Ctrl = left flipper; Alt = right flipper; Space = shooter (the thing that puts the ball into play)
To have more than 1 player, hold down Ctrl and tap Alt until you have 2,3,4 players (PL2,PL3,PL4) (MESS shows bd instead of PL)
The default speed is 2. To change, Hold down Alt and tap Ctrl to change (SP1 or SP3) (MESS shows Sb instead of SP)
Press Space to start. Display will show (player - ball) (MESS shows 1F1 instead of 1-1)
Press Space to get the ball into play. Display will show your score. Now you are playing.
Tandy 12 Computerized Arcade
With your mouse, point at the SELECT button.
Hold down the left mouse button, and wait till the game you want lights up, then release the button.
Click the START button.
Tomy Alien Chase
If you want to skip levels, press down-arrow the required number of times.
Press up-arrow to start.
This game needs external artwork before it can be considered playable.
In the Configuration menu, choose the number of Players (1), and the Difficulty
Press 1 to serve (press 2 for player 2)
Press one of the 6 buttons to return serve (Player 1 uses Ctrl, Alt, Space, Shift, Z, X)