Merlin the Electronic Wizard was another one of those handhelds, like the Little
Professor, that you got stuck with on the drive to Grandma's for
Christmas. It was first released by Parker Brothers in
1978 and was a huge seller (peaking around 1980). It has
been re-released in various forms over the years, such as the
1995 version that included 9 games.
The play area of the original game included a matrix of 11 LED
buttons, and you could play games like tic tac toe, Echo (like
Machine, Magic Square, Mindbender, and Blackjack. The
Music Machine function, for example, allowed the player to
record a sequence of notes that could be played back.