Season 1, Round 6 of the Arcadia 2001/MPT-03 High Score Club will last about two weeks. This round ends on Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 10pm MST (aka Monday, 2am GMT). The game being played this round is Brain Quiz, a game released in 1982 for the Emerson Arcadia 2001. Brain Quiz contains three educational/math-type games: Mindbreaker (Mastermind), Maxit (pretty fun!), and Hangman.
The artwork for Brain Quiz is bizarre. Can anyone explain to me why there is a skeleton in the artwork for this game? With all their oddities, sometimes I feel like Arcadia games were created in another universe!
Here are screenshots of the three Brain Quiz games being played on an NTSC Emerson Arcadia console:
There are no videos of Brain Quiz that give example game play of all three of the games. If you're curious, you can see a couple of videos on YouTube, but they're very short, and the games aren't being played properly (so I'm not going to provide links to the videos).
Here is the box for Brain Quiz:
Here is the cartridge for Brain Quiz:
Here are the three overlays for Brain Quiz:
Brain Quiz - Quick-Play Rules
Play Brain Quiz on real hardware (PAL, NTSC, and any Arcadia family systems) or use the WinArcadia or MAME emulator. Brain Quiz has no gameplay options. This round is unusual in that we're not playing for high scores. If you play the two one-player games then you'll earn six points. To earn additional points, see the scoring section below for details.
Visit the Emerson Arcadia 2001 Central website for cartridge images and Arcadia emulators:
Here is a direct link to the Arcadia 2001 ROM images ("BrainQuiz.bin" is the filename for Brain Quiz):
Post pictures of your high scores here.
Brain Quiz - General Overview
I'm using Ward Shrake's "Director's Cut" of his Arcadia 2001 section of the Digital Press Collector's Guide 7 (published in August 2002) for most of the information that is in this section.
Outside of America, Brain Quiz is also known as Intelligenz-Übung, Math/Logic, and Mathematiques Logiques. Here is information about the Emerson release of this game:
Brain Quiz Emerson
4k cart. 1982. #1012 (6). One or two players. Short case. Three games in one; some of them may be ports of games from the Interton VC-4000 console (the Arcadia's "prequel"). Games include: Mindbreaker, Maxit and Hangman.
High quality scans of Brain Quiz box, manual, and cartridge are here:
Here is the manual's cover:
For complete information about this game, visit the above link. I've included the important points from the manual here:
Video Game Instructions for Emerson Arcadia 2001
Cartridge No. 6, Part No. 1012
There are three games: Mindbreaker, Maxit, and Hangman.
Object of the Games
1. Mindbreaker (Master Mind) - One player (against computer), to guess 5 numbers inserted by computer. Two players, to guess 5 numbers which were inserted by opponent player
2. Maxit - One player (against computer) to get higher numbers and final score than the computer.
Two players to get higher numbers and final score than the opponent player.
3. Hangman - Two player game only. To guess the letters entered by opponent player.
To Begin Play
Press "SELECT" Switch until desired game display appears:
A = MINDBREAKER
B = MAXIT
C = HANGMAN
How To Play Mindbreaker (No Overlay Required)
A. To Play Against Computer (1 Player)
- Use the Left Hand Controller with 'Disc' towards yourself.
- Press "START" to begin the game.
- Select 5 digit number by depressing the numbers on the keyboard.
- The number of digits you guessed in right position will be displayed under "+".
- The number of right digits will be displayed under "S".
- Follow these hints and you can have maximum 19 chances to guess. After 19 tries computer will display the right number.
B. 2 Player Version
- Depress "OPTION" Switch for "2 player"
- Press "START" to begin the game
- Always use Right Hand Controller to insert number and use Left Hand Controller to guess the number
- Player 1 enters five desired digit numbers and then press "ENTER" key.
- Player 2 follows Instruction A3-6 to play
- Press "CLEAR" key to correct wrong digit inserted if necessary
- Press "SELECT" button for "MAXIT" game.
- Press "OPTION" button to select level of difficulty and/or number of players. No. 1 - Junior, No. 2 - Intermediate, No. 3 - Advance, No. 4 - 2 Player
- Insert the MAXIT overlay(s) provided with this cartridge (see fig. 1) into the respective left and/or right Hand Controller. For one player version, use the left Hand Controller only. The number selector can be moved horizontally only.
- For two players version, the right-player can move the number selector vertically, the left-player horizontally.
- Pick up the highest number alternatively.
- The numbers you picked up will be accumulated and will be your score. Red numbers are negative, decrease the score. Black number are positive, increase the score.
- To move the Number Selector, press the respective Vertical or Horizontal arrows until the desired number is selected.
- Press "ENTER" on the overlay. The number will disappear and enter to your score.
- Game will end when all numbers have been picked up. The highest score wins.
Hangman (2 Player Game)
- Press "SELECT" button for Hangman game.
- Press "START" to begin the game. Insert "HANGMAN" overlays (provided with the cartridge) to cover the original overlays.
- One of the players uses the Right Hand Controller to insert the word (maximum up to 14 letters) by pressing the vertical or horizontal arrows on the overlay. Enter each letter by pressing the "ENTER" button. Press "RUBOUT" Key to correct wrong letters if necessary. Enter the whole word by pressing the "ENTER WORD" button.
- The opposing player uses the Left Hand Controller to guess the word. To start, press any button on the key board. Procedure same as step (3) above.
- Each game allows 10 guesses only. After 10 wrong guesses a man will be hung.
- Players take turns. The first player who gets 99 points wins.
Brain Quiz Gameplay Options
Brain Quiz has a few gameplay options, but we're just playing the game on default settings. If you're playing for bonus points, then you will need to change some default settings.
Brain Quiz (Scoring)
Normally we play for highest score, but that won't work for this game. Therefore, this is a participation round. Three points each are scored for playing Mindbreaker and Maxit (six points total for both games). Hangman is a two-player only game. Four points will awarded to anyone who plays Hangman against another player. "Playing" Hangman alone is worth only two points. I'm not sure that this is a perfect way to award points for this round, but it seems fair.
Brain Quiz (Bonus Points):
There are quite a few ways to earn bonus points this round:
Brain Quiz - Video Play - (1 Point) - I didn't find any proper reviews of this game. I'd really like to see some quality video of all three games being played on actual hardware. Anyone who makes a video of all three games being played (on real hardware or under emulation) will earn one point.
Brain Quiz - Video Review - (2 Points) - I didn't find any reviews of this game. I'd really like to see some quality video of all three games being played on actual hardware. Anyone who reviews Brain Quiz and its included three games will earn two points. Note that a video review has the extra point built-in that would otherwise be awarded for a gameplay video.
Brain Quiz - Documenting Bugs - (1 Point) - As we've been discovering for ourselves, Arcadia games can be flaky. If anyone finds any problems, and documents them, then they will earn one bonus point. Just in case there are dozens of bugs, you can only earn one bonus point no matter how matter bugs are found.
Brain Quiz - Backstory - (1 Point) - Brain Quiz doesn't provide a backstory. I guess one isn't needed for this game, but it might be fun to write one anyway. Write a background that may have been included with the game in 1982 and you'll get a bonus point.
Brain Quiz - Mindbreaker - (1 Point) - The player who wins a one-player game with the least amount of moves gets a bonus point.
Brain Quiz - Maxit - (1 Point) - The player who earns the highest score on a one-player game set to difficulty 3 (advanced) gets a bonus point.
I had never played any of these games before, but I tried each of them out before this round began so that I could figure-out a scoring system. None of these games requires the joystick; they all are controlled via the keypad. That might make playing these games under emulation awkward.
I played Mindbreaker and beat it in 17 moves. The game told me "You're too slow," meaning "Hey, man, you're a terrible player!" I appreciate comments like this. I had no idea what to expect from Maxit. It turns out that it's a rather fun game; I would really like to try this with another player. I could see this one being competitive. Finally, I tried Hangman and entered the word "ARCADIA" and then deliberately lost. I was quite amused by the final drawing of the little hanged man.
As always, as you play Brain Quiz only games played during this round count. Please post pictures of your games and scores as the round progresses. Not only does this help you not forget to play the game, but it gives other player's a challenge to try to beat your score.
If you've not played in a round before now, then now's the time to join in! Have a fun sixth round, everyone!