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Hidden Letters

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Full titleHidden Letters
Year of release1983
PublisherPoppy Programs (UK)
Author(s)Geoffrey R. Sampson, Vera Sampson
Machine typeZX Spectrum 48K
Number of players1
Message languageEnglish
Original publicationCommercial
Original price£4.50
AvailabilityAvailable as both Perfect TZX and non-TZX
Protection schemeNone
RemarksVera recalls: "Hidden Letters was our most important program. It either randomly, or according to an algorithm chosen by the teacher, blanked out certain words in a text, which players then had to guess. It had various levels of difficulty. The one thing which we wanted, but could never manage with the memory in a Spectrum, was to get it to accept viable synonyms for words.
A revolutionary feature of Hidden Letters was an overlay which we manufactured for the Spectrum keyboard. I was concerned that young children learned lower case letters before capitals, and therefore were having difficulty with the Spectrum keyboard. The overlay was based on a piece of plastic, called a keyboard overlay, which could be bought, and which had cut outs for the keys, which fit over the keys and nicely stayed in place. I then had the lower-case keyboard silk screened on a piece of fairly flexible plastic, which I attached to the keyboard overlay with probably double-sided tape. This overlay then rode above the keys when the overlay was pushed down into place, and made life easier for little ones."
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Download and play links
Run on-line with a 48K Java Spectrum emulator HiddenLetters.tzx.zip6,922(Perfect TZX tape image)Original release
Run on-line with a 48K Java Spectrum emulator HiddenLetters.tap.zip6,610((non-TZX) TAP tape image)

Additional material
HiddenLetters.gif1,424(Loading screen)
HiddenLetters.scr6,912(Loading screen dump)
HiddenLetters.gif1,538(In-game screen)

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Magazine references
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