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Attempt to guess the letters of the words for a given topic. A spinning wheel determines the points per letter guessed. Lose turns by incorrectly guessing letters or spinning "ZAP" or "ZILCH".

Phraze Craze was produced by Merit Industries in 1986.

Merit Industries released 76 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1980. Merit Industries was based in United States.

Other machines made by Merit Industries during the time period Phraze Craze was produced include: Sex Trivia, Tic Tac Trivia, Trivia Whiz, Chicken Draw, Casino Five, Match'em Up, Mad Adder, Merit Trivia, Riviera, and Sex Match em Up


Name Phraze Craze
Developer Merit Industries (United States)
Year 1986
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 9007
Class Wide Release
Genre Puzzle
Conversion Class unique
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Buttons: 5 - Select 1|Select 2|Select 3|Select 4|Select 5
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard

Game Introduction

This game is similar to the popular TV game show Wheel of Fortune.

Phraze Craze KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 0.00 (0 votes)

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This board runs on a common platform from Merit that allows you to change games by swapping a few EPROMs and a daughterboard. This platform plays other Merit games such as Trivia Whiz and Tic Tac Trivia.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Phraze Craze Census

There are 14,769 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,481 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,607 machines (6,903 unique titles).

Scarce - There are 5 known instances of this machine owned by Phraze Craze collectors who are active members. Of these, It is an original dedicated machine. One is a conversion in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 3 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There is one active VAPS member with an extra Phraze Craze circuit board for sale.

Wanted - No active members have added this machine to their wish list.

This game ranks a 2 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]



Uses an AY-3-8912 sound chip, a Z80 processor and a 3.4V Lithium battery for memory.


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