TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN!
You're trapped in an electronic labyrinth
of more than one trillion economic mazes!
It's the rat race to end all rat races!
Always be sure that the power to your Odyssey2 console is turned off before inserting a game cartridge. This
protects the electronic components and extends the life of the
- Insert the cartridge into the slot of the Odyssey2 console with the label side of the cartridge facing the alpha-numeric
- Turn on the power by pressing the power button of the console.
SELECT GAME will appear on your TV screen. If it does not, press
the RESET key on the alpha-numeric keyboard.
TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN!
- Press 1 on the alpha-numeric keyboard. You are now trapped in
the Land of Keynesium.
- You and your opponent are represented by the animated figures
which appear at the lower right and the lower left of the maze
entrance. The net worth of each figure is directly below it. Each
player starts off with $500,000. Two Keynesian robots are in the
center of the screen atop the maze entrance. Every maze is a game
within a game. You and your opponent are playing against the robots
which represent different factors of the economy. But you are
also playing against each other. You will be changing strategies
throughout the game - sometimes cooperating with the robots to
thwart your opponent - sometimes collaborating with your opponent
to beat the robots.
- Each maze offers you the opportunity to make money or the chance
to hang onto what money you have. An electronic signal will appear
center screen to tell you which to expect - and how much cash
is at stake.
- The right hand control unit activates the right hand figure. The
left hand control unit controls the left hand figure. Push the
joy stick away from you to make your player go up. Pull the joy
stick toward you to make your player travel downward. Push right
to go right. Push left to go left.
- The Keynesian robots are controlled by the computer. The brighter
robots represent the lighter side of the economy like income,
bull markets and successful investments. These robots are elusive
and will try to run from you - but the more quickly you catch
them, the more money you'll make.
- The darker robots represent the gloomier side of the economy -
things like taxes, inflation and bear markets. They will try to
catch you wherever you are in the maze. But the longer you stay
away from them, the more money you'll keep. It's possible to find
a hiding place in the maze where the darker robots can't find
- There are seven kinds of mazes. INCOME, REWARD and INVESTMENT
offer you an opportunity to make money. EXPENSES, THIEF, TAXES
and INFLATION will force deductions from your net worth unless
you completely elude the robots during these maze sequences. The
amount of money at stake in each maze will appear at the lower
center of the screen. After a moment, the numbers will start decreasing.
The dark robots will speed up and the brighter robots will slow
down as the $ at stake decrease. The number on the screen at the
instant you make contact with a robot will be automatically computed
into your net worth.
- You will find that the Keynesian robots are small enough to maneuver
freely through the mazes. But you are too tall to travel through
some of the narrow passageways without ducking your head. You
do this by pressing the action button on your hand control. It
is harder to run in this position, so your player will only be
going at two-thirds speed. If you do not press the action button
when you make contact with a low ceiling in the maze, the computer
will do it for you automatically, but you will only be able to
run at half speed.
- The walls and ceilings of the maze contain a high energy charge.
If any part of your player's body comes in contact with any part
of the maze, you must break that contact before proceeding with
- Department of Dirty Tricks! Once you make contact with a robot,
it is good strategy to harass your opponent. If you touch your
opponent and a part of the maze at the same time, your opponent
will lose control of his player.
- Department of Economic Cooperation! If you and your opponent outmaneuver
the robots and make them run into each other, they'll automatically
return to their starting positions. You'll gain both time and
- The first player to achieve a net worth of more than one million
dollars wins. The Keynesians will salute your triumph with a blast
of electronic trumpets - and reward you with two tickets on the
next time machine scheduled to make a stop in the Twentieth Century.
- Short games. You can play against the clock or with a goal of
$750,000 instead of a million.
- Longer games. You can play for any dollar figure you choose. TAKE
THE MONEY AND RUN has more than a trillion different maze combinations.
It is theoretically possible to play night and day continuously
for two thousand years without seeing the same maze twice!
- To play again, press the RESET key on the console and then press
1 on the alpha-numeric keyboard.