Merlin (game)

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Merlin (sometimes known as Merlin, the Electronic Wizard) was a handheld electronic game first made by Parker Brothers in 1978.wikipedia
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Merlin (sometimes known as Merlin, the Electronic Wizard) was a handheld electronic game first made by Parker Brothers in 1978.
The same year, Parker Brothers also released Merlin, a more sophisticated handheld which could play six different games using an array of 11 buttons with integrated LEDs.

Lights Out (game)

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Magic square, a pattern game similar to Lights Out
Merlin, a similar electronic game, was released by Parker Brothers in the 1970s with similar rules on a 3 by 3 grid.

Simon (game)

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Echo, a game similar to Simon
Parker Brothers' Merlin (Game 3, Echo).

Parker Brothers

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Merlin (sometimes known as Merlin, the Electronic Wizard) was a handheld electronic game first made by Parker Brothers in 1978.

NASA

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The game was invented by former NASA employee Bob Doyle, his wife Holly, and brother-in-law Wendl Thomis.

Milton Bradley Company

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A version of the game was re-released in 2004 by the Milton Bradley Company.

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The play area of the game consisted of a matrix of 11 buttons; each button contained a red LED.

Dual-tone multi-frequency signaling

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The array was encased in a red plastic housing, bearing a slight resemblance to an overgrown touch-tone telephone.

Microprocessor

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Supporting electronics (including a simple microprocessor) were contained within the shell of the game.

Music sequencer

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This made Merlin one of the earliest digital sequencers as well as an early consumer-level electronic synthesizer.

Synthesizer

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This made Merlin one of the earliest digital sequencers as well as an early consumer-level electronic synthesizer.

Newsweek

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In 1978 Merlin appeared with Milton Bradley's Simon on the cover of the Christmas issue of Newsweek and the October issue of Boston.

Boston (magazine)

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In 1978 Merlin appeared with Milton Bradley's Simon on the cover of the Christmas issue of Newsweek and the October issue of Boston.

American Specialty Toy Retailing Association

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The Toy Manufacturers of America named Merlin the best selling toy and game item (SKU) in America in 1980 (2.2 million sold).

Stock keeping unit

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The Toy Manufacturers of America named Merlin the best selling toy and game item (SKU) in America in 1980 (2.2 million sold).

Mastermind (board game)

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Mindbender, a game similar to Mastermind

Holy Grail

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Seek the Grail, a game like the shell game

Concentration (game)

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Spell bender, a memory-like game

Audio game

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In the decades following the release of Simon, numerous clones and variations were produced including Merlin among others.

Coalville

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Between 1937 and 1985 Coalville was home to Palitoy, a toy manufacturer that made Action Man (1966-1984), Action Force (1982-1985), Tiny Tears (1965-1983), Pippa (1972-1980), Tressy (1964-1980), Girls World (1975-1981), Striker (1973-1981), and also marketed other US developed toys such as Merlin, Star Wars figures, Strawberry Shortcake and the Care Bears.

Electronic game

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Merlin (1978)

Palitoy

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Its products included Action Man, Action Girl, Action Force, Tiny Tears, Pippa, Tressy, Mainline Model Railways, Merlin, Star Wars figures, Play-Doh and the Care Bears.