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One of the first widespread Edutainment Games for the Apple ][, beside The Oregon Trail. The player takes the role of a somewhat frog-like Muncher, who enjoys eating things. The player must obey the rules of grammar/math/what have you and munch only the items that match what the question is asking for, or else they lose a life - they must also avoid the Troggles, hostile critters that find Munchers tasty. Spawned a whole series of Muncher games. Has a Wild Mass Guessing Page.

The games in the series also include Fraction Munchers, Word Munchers, and the trivia-based Super Munchers, which gives the titular hero a "super" form he can transform into to take out Troggles after getting enough correct answers, and a special mission to carry out every three levels, with the fifth and final mission involving the defeat of Dr. Frankentroggle before the cycle of missions starts all over again.


In the mid-'90's, a short-lived Retool of the series was released. See Mega Munchers Deluxe for more.

Troggle Trouble Math was a spinoff game from 1994, in which the player controls the dog Sparky in order to rescue a kidnapped Muncher from the robot Troggle named TROG, who is planning to take over the world with an army of mutant Troggles. Equipped with the Troggulator (a device which, by entering an equation that totals the number of Troggles surrounding Sparky (who howls at their approach), will zap away the attacking Troggles) and remotely aided by its inventor Magenta, the player must make their way through Santa Bongo, the Great Gobble Desert, the Muncher Mystery Cave, and the Troggle Swamp, each with three special areas per level. Inside, players solve word problems in order to open a chest; clearing a specific chest will earn an item and open the door to the next level. After clearing the appropriate chest in Troggle Swamp, players meet TROG himself a little ways away, learning he was an unwilling pawn for Dr. Frankentroggle. After he leaves, the player and Sparky must then clear four more levels in the same manner - revisiting the Muncher Mystery Cave, the Great Gobble Desert and Santa Bongo before going into a new world, a space-time warp where Dr. Frankentroggle is keeping the Muncher. Clearing the appropriate chest opens the door to his lab and ends the game.


This game provides examples of:

  • Big Eater: Both the Muncher and the Troggles.
  • Canis Latinicus: The Muncher and the original Troggles all have "scientific names" as well as their regular names.
  • Cutscene: "Great Moments in Muncher History" in Number Munchers; similar but untitled cutscenes in Word Munchers; and Olympic-themed scenes in Fraction Munchers. Super Munchers instead activates a special mission once every three levels, with failure resulting in having to replay it after another three levels. After completing the fifth mission (which is really just a regular cutscene of Super Muncher stopping the Frankentroggle Monster from being activated), the cycle of five missions starts all over.
  • Elite Mook: Trogglus smarticus, especially if more than one of them are on the board at the same time.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: Muncher and Doggle in the second.
  • Half-Hearted Henchman: Trogglus timidus. If you approach her, she will move in the opposite direction.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Some of the Cutscenes show the Muncher doing some very cruel things to the Troggles.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: If one Troggle enters a square occupied by another Troggle, one of them will eat the other one.
  • One-Hit-Point Wonder: Eating one wrong number or running into one Troggle or bullet fired by one will cost you a life.
  • 1-Up: An extra life is awarded upon reaching a thousand points, and another at 10,000.
  • Scoring Points: Because you want to put cool messages along with your name atop the Muncher Hall of Fame.
  • The Goomba: Trogglus normalus.
  • Video-Game Lives
  • Waddling Head: Every character in the first game.


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