Video Game: Lexi-Cross
Lexi-Cross was a TV-style game developed by Platinumware for MS-DOS and released in 1991 by Interplay Entertainment. It received a 1992 port to the Apple Macintosh by Silicon & Synapse, the company later known as Blizzard Entertainment. This game was a futuristic hybrid of Wheel of Fortune and The Cross Wits, with a little bit of Double Exposurenote . The game could be played Living vs. Living, Living vs. Robot or Robot vs. Robot.Each player controlled a 150-tile game board, with intersecting words hidden on it. The game boards appeared side by side; between them was the robotic hostess, Robanna Silver, who acted as a cursor for revealing tiles. Both boards had the same words on white letter tiles, in different positions, along with:
This game provides examples of:
- Blank tiles: When revealed, they ended a player's turn.
- Plus and minus points: These spaces took points from one player and gave them to the other. A player's score could not go below zero, however.
- Safety tokens: Two were hidden on each board. A player could continue his turn by giving a safety token to his opponent.
- Vowel tokens: Five were hidden on each board. A player needed to possess a vowel token before he could choose a vowel.
- Peek row/column: This allowed the player to look briefly at any row or column on his own board.
- Poke row/column: This forced the player to look briefly at any row or column on his opponent's board.
- Lose turn or lose safety token
This game provides examples of:
- Bonus Spaces: On the board were plus point tiles, peek tiles, safety tokens and vowel tokens. On the spinner were "Reveal Column" and "Reveal Row" spaces; the player chose which column or row to reveal.
- Color-Coded Multiplayer: Players selected two preferred colors for their Lexi-Cross profiles. Those colors were used for their boards in the game.
- Copy Protection: Passphrase entry from a schedule included with the game. If you fail, the person interviewing potential contestants says that you have no chance of winning if you can't read a simple magazine.
- Crossword Puzzle
- Double The Dollars: As on Family Feud, letter values were doubled for the second round and tripled for the third round.
- Exty Years from Now: The game's manual, called "HV Guide", set Lexi-Cross as a galaxywide television Game Show broadcast from Earth in the year 2091.
- Fun with Acronyms: Players assembled their avatars in the "Lexi-Cross Image Model Builder".
- Holiday Mode: Host Chip Ramsey had an appropriate pre-game message for most U.S. holidays, assuming that the computer's internal calendar was accurate..
- Hollywood Cyborg: Chip Ramsey was one, as was contestant coordinator Pristine Mint, who seemed to have a different hairstyle before every game.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Chip Ramsey looked remarkably like a clean-shaven Bob Goen. Two of the predefined contestants from Earth were named Abduloid and Madonoid.
- Only Six Faces: Every planet other than Earth had only one head for its contestants. The bodies were still humanoid, though.
- Rouge Angles of Satin: Some puzzles had words like EARRRING (yes, with an extra R) and EROTICA (in a puzzle about Ludwig van Beethoven).
- Shout-Out: The consonants' base point values were borrowed from the board game Scrabble.
- Vaporware: The manual mentioned expansion disks for Lexi-Cross that never were produced.
- Visual Puns: The saturnian head resembled that planet, the neptunian head was fishlike and the plutonian head was doglike.
- Whammy: The Bankrupt space on the spinner was this, unless the player spent a safety token, as were the minus point tiles on the game boards.