Word Rescue Redwood Games / Apogee Software 1992

The story centers on creatures called "The Gruzzles" who can't read. Because the Gruzzles cannot read, they steal words out of books, preventing others from reading as well. Playing as a boy or girl, the player must help Benny Bookworm take back all the stolen words and match them with their meanings so he may put them back in the books. The game revolves around matching words with their pictures, introducing simple vocabulary such as "sit", "purple", "one", "hat", etc., while avoiding various dangers. Like many Apogee games of the time, it includes 3 episodes, with only the first episode playable in the shareware version: Episode 1 - Visit Gruzzleville and the Castle, Episode 2 - Explore GruzzleBad Caverns, Episode 3 - See the spooky Haunted House. The player moves around the screen in a platform shooter style environment. The player must avoid dangers such as Gruzzles, waterfalls, dripping slime, fire, and bottomless pits. Once all 7 words are matched, Benny Bookworm magically turns the player's collected words into a key, which is used to open the door in the level which takes the player to the next level. However, if the player matches a word with the wrong picture, a "Gruzzle" appears and the player must press the Space bar to order Benny the Bookworm to pour slime on it to make it go away permanently. Touching a Gruzzle will result in having to start the level over. The player only has a limited supply of slime but slime can be replenished by touching slime buckets or completing the mystery word. One word from the level is randomly chosen at the beginning of each level to be the mystery word, and the letters of that word are placed in a seemingly random order around the level, despite the fact that they are in the same places every time. If the player completes the word by collecting the letters of that word in order, they are given bonus points. Bonus points can also be collected by touching books, sliming Gruzzles and matching words with their pictures. Depending on the difficulty level, there are also a set number of Gruzzles on each level.

See also: #Word Rescue Plus

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