MANGLE is an anagram-type word game. You are
given a long word, phrase or name and then must
re-arrange the letters to form as many (shorter)
words as possible, which are immediately checked
against the dictionary. Each round is timed.
Play can be for points or for practice. (In
practice mode, hints are available.) Fun and
educational. Registration fee $20.
M A NG L E (tm)
A Word Game
Game Release Version 2H - 1/16/94
14704 Seneca Castle Ct.
Gaithersburg MD 20878
Packet Press BBS
(301) 294-0756 [email protected]
Mangle is an anagram-type word game. Basically, you are given a
long word, name or phrase and then you must re-arrange -- mangle -- the
letters to come up with other, smaller words. Points are given for
each word you come up with, with longer words receiving more points.
This edition of Mangle contains 40 puzzle words/names.That
is, each player can play the game 40 times -- playing each word once.
Additional words can be added if you have Chris Hall's Scrabble
dictionary. Additional words are also available.
Full instructions are available when you start to play. Of particular
note is the fact that you can play for points, against other people,
or just for fun, getting hints from the program.
To run, you need to have DEVICE=ANSI.SYS in your CONFIG.SYS file.
Then, just key in: mangle.
People who like word games tend to like Mangle. Try it -- it's fun.
The contents of this package have been provided on an honor
system "try-before-you-buy" basis. (Unless you purchased
this package directly from Packet Press, your payment was
simply for a duplication/handling charge and for the
diskette itself, not for the contents.)
As much as I'd like to provide Mangle for free, it required
a lot of time to write and test. (Time I could have spent
making some money to meet my mortgage payments.)
If you like Mangle and would like to continue using it, then
please pay for it. As with all shareware, software authors
receive nothing from shareware vendors or BBSs. The only
time we get anything for our efforts is when you, the user,
send us the registration fee. Your $10 registration for
Mangle supports my work on this project as well as puts you
on my mailing list to be informed of future updates.
To register, just send me a check or money order for $10,
with your name and address, or fill out the enclosed form.
14704 Seneca Castle Ct.
Gaithersburg MD 20878 USA
Before doing anything else, please familiarize yourself with the
following legal stuff:
Carefully read the following terms and
conditions. If you do not agree with them, you
should not use this package. Use of this software
package indicates your acceptance of the terms and
Eric Balkan, dba "Packet Press", hereinafter
"Publisher", provides this product and licenses its
use. Your use of this product acknowledges that
you have read this agreement, understand it, and
agree to be bound by its terms and conditions.
You may use this product for any purpose,
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1 - You may copy the contents of these diskettes for
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of this package, in a commercial product, without
prior arrangement with Packet Press. (Typically,
I will ask for a nominal royalty fee.)
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In no event will the publisher be liable to you
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And now for the actual installation instructions:
Accompanying this READ.ME file you will find the following:
MANGLE2.EXE - the game itself
MANGLDIC.nn - 40 word lists for the game to use
MANGLE.INS - An instructional screen that the program reads
MANGLE.ANS - The same screen using ANSI colors
MANGLE.INT - An opening logo screen
MANGLE.BAT - A simple bat file to run Mangle
MANGLE.CFG - A configuration file
MWORDS - The list of 40 game words
Step 1 -- Copy all files into the same subdirectory.
Step 2 -- Make sure you have:
or equivalent in your config.sys file.
See your DOS manual for more details.
Step 3 -- Play the game by keying in:local
Other files are created during play:
MANGLE.SCO - The scores file.
MANGLE.LOG - A log of errors. If things don't work right,
check this file.
2 user-specified bulletin files that contain the top 3 scores
for each round. (These are rewritten after every play.)
(Default names are mscores.bbs & mscores.scr)
MANGLE2.EXE can take two optional parameters:
Parameter 1: local - required for home use
(Mangle was originally developed for BBS play.)
Parameter 2: 0, if you want Mangle to automatically put each player into
a new round.
any number from 1 thru 12, if you want to play a particular
round; useful if you want to repeat a round in local
The order of these parameters does not matter.
Typically, you might run mangle in a BAT file with the line:
mangle2 wildcat 0
or when playing yourself, key in:
mangle2 local 0
('0' is the default and will be assumed if no number is present)
or when building word lists, key in:
Building New Word Lists
(You only need to read this if you want to change the Mangle words)
The MWORDS file contains the words that were used to build the
MANGLDIC files. Each word in MWORDS corresponds to a numbered
MANGLDIC file, in the same order.
When you are tired of the supplied 40 words, you have two options.
New sets of words -- new MWORDS & MANGLDIC files -- will probably be
available from me via my BBS. (You can also send me a list of
words and I'll build MANGLDIC files from them.)
If you have Chris Hall's Scrabble dictionary you can build
you own MWORDS & MANGLDIC files.
-- First, edit MANGLE.CFG to point to your Scrabble dictionary
-- Then create an MWORDS file consisting of names, words, phrases, etc.,
with the name/phrase for each round on a separate line.
-- Then, from the DOS command line, key in: mangle2 build
This "build" option of Mangle will read your MWORDS file and then
create the correspondingly numbered MANGLDIC files. If a phrase that
you select produces more possible words than Mangle can handle, Mangle
will tell you.Mangle will also tell you how many possible words can
be obtained for each of the phrases in MWORDS.This information is
written to the screen and also to the MANGLE.LOG file.If you want
to change a particular phrase, just edit MWORDS and re-run the mangle
build.(Mangle will create a new MANGLDIC file for just the phrase
you've changed.) The best phrases to use will have 100-300 possible
I very much welcome player and sysop comments and suggestions.
If you are having trouble installing or running Mangle, contact me.