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Colecovision

The Colecovision was another of the great consoles from the early eighties. The console was released in 1982 in the United States by Coleco (formerly the COnnecticut LEather COmpany) who had had some earlier dealings in the video game market with their Telstar game unit, a simple Pong close that they released in 1976. CBS were the company responsible for sales and marketing in Europe.

The Telstar console had initially sold well, but missed the Christmas sales peak due to striking dock workers and experienced a number of other problems. The company lost over $20 million dollars on the Telstar, but were determined to press ahead into the video game market nonetheless.

Coleco had contacted the Japanese company Nintendo and secured the rights to produce a console version of their arcade hit 'Donkey Kong' for a princely $250,000. The console manufacturers promised 'arcade quality' games, and better sound and graphics than the two other main consoles of the time, the Atari & the Intellivision. This proved to be a fair description - the console outperformed both the Atari & Mattel machines on all aspects, sound, graphics & power.

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The Colecovision sold almost 1 million units in its first year, which was unheard of at the time for any consoles initial year. While the Atari & Mattel machines were enjoying good sales figures, they had been slow to get where they were. By 1983 the Colecovision was outselling them both.

Another selling point of the console, was the Expansion Pack Module #1. This expansion pack was an add-on that connected to the Colecovision, and allowed the owner to play Atari 2600 Games through their Colecovision. This dramatically increased the back catalogue of titles available to the machine. The company promised a similar add-on for the Intellivision, which would give 100% compatibility of games currently on the market.

Unfortunately, this never came about. Coleco had poured all the profits from the Colecovision into their new Adam Home Computer. The Adam was an attempt by Coleco to crack the Home Computer market - sales of the Colecovision had started to dip due to some parents concerns that video games consoles were bad for their children. The Adam was the solution to this; while the console still played all the Colecovision games, it also had all the educational benefits that came with a home computer.

Unfortunately, the initial release was more than problematic - over 50% of machines had to be returned from new. This coupled with the high price tag for the computer meant sales plummeted (well, in reality, they never plummeted as they never reached any decent numbers) and eventually Coleco pulled out of the Computer & Video games market all together in 1984.

Given that the market was collapsing at the time, this would have happened anyway, and Coleco managed to survive on sales of its Cabbage Patch Dolls, if only for a short while. Over the next few years the company went from a profit of millions to losses of millions. The company eventually filed for bankruptcy in 1989.

The Colecovision may have been short lived, but produced some of the most accurate Arcade conversions of its time. Games from Nintendo, Sega & Universal remain pretty faithful to their coin-operated counterparts. Notable games are Mr Do!, Gyruss, Donkey Kong & Looping.

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Rolloverture

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£35.00
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£35.00

The hall is at a hush. The maestro takes the baton and readies the orchestra. But wait! All the notes have been scrambled and you must help the maestro scurry madly around the orchestra pit directing the notes back to their proper order. Climb ladders, throw levers, reverse the conveyor belt and step on rollovers to guide the music ball to the correct notemaker slot. Proper placement rewards you with the overture, but incorrect placement results in a speed increase and greater difficulty. A variety of melodies and random scrambling of the notes guarantees to keep your interest, while you painlessly learn about music.

Rock N Bolt

Notes: 
This game is the plastic box version.
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£25.00
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£25.00

Before you awaits the construction world's most complicated, confused mess of mind-boggling blueprints, bolts, beams and girders. You and you alone will have to figure it all out and put it all together. And you don't have all day. It's a dazzling, dizzying incredibly exciting high-rise challenge. All 100 floors of it. You'll spin, leap and dance your way from beam to beam, puzzle to puzzle. Earn bonus wages and hire extra workers. So, grab your hat and strap on your boots. You're about to discover how hot music and high energy can help fill a very, very tall order.

Rocky Super Action Boxing

Notes: 
This game is the plastic box version.
Box: 
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£22.00
Manual: 
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£22.00

Its a heavyweight championship bout between Rocky and Clubber Lang and the Colecovision Super Action Controllers let you direct every move. Have your fighter bob and weave, cover up with his gloves, then throw sharp jabs, devestating blows that send your opponents to the canvas.

Mouse Trap

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£14.00
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£14.00

Guide your mouse around the labyrinth, eating pieces of cheese and avoiding hungry cats. The mouse can change maze doors and can also turn into a dog to chase the cats. Use the 'IN' box at the centre of the maze to escape to one of the corners. Look out; even smart mice, or dogs can be caught by the hawk.

Roc N Rope

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£18.00
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£18.00

You're an explorer and at last your search for the Bird of Fortune has ended…almost! The location is known but getting there is going to be a problem! Shoot ropes to climb from ledge to steep ledge while avoiding nasty cavemen, dinosaurs and the rock dropping Roc bird to reach your goal!

Mountain King

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£40.00
Manual: 
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£40.00

Armed only with a flashlight and raw courage, you collect diamonds and treasures as mystical music draws you toward the flame spirit. Deep into the heart of the mountain, you offer the flame spirit to the skull spirit, enter the tomb for its treasured crown and begin your escape. The music plays faster and faster, you must reach the top of the mountain before the bats steal your crown and the music stops. Once you have reached the top you've become the 'Mountain King' and begin another quest.

Motocross Racer

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£35.00
Manual: 
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£35.00

Bone-jarring off-road motorcycle racing in three events. You first must qualify in the Desert Scramble where you race across the desert avoiding the prickly cactus, desert creatures, rocks etc in a race of speed and time. Hit an object and your dirt bike slows down. Hit too many and you won't qualify for the next race. The Hill Climb is a tortuous race up a switchback mountain full of obstacles. Speed is important but control is vital or you'll be out of the race. Quality with a fast time and you're in the Beach Sprint against other qualifiers in an all-out dash for the championship.

Its Only Rock N Roll

Notes: 
This game is the plastic box version.
Box: 
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£28.00
Manual: 
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£28.00

In this brilliant text and graphics game, you start with a guitar, a few bucks and enough raw talent to sit in with the Stones or the Police. Now you've got some big decisions to make as you pick one of three levels and let It's Only Rock N Roll take you down a whirlwind road, seeking the unbelievable wealth, status and popularity points you'll need to succeed.

Gust Buster

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£25.00
Manual: 
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£25.00

Navigate your way through videogame's most colourful amusement park. Keep an eye on the windsocks since they indicate the force and direction of the wind gusts that will blow you around the park. Inflate and deflate each balloon to reach desired altitude. But be careful that you don't inflate too much or you will 'bust' a balloon and have to land and replace it with one in your pocket. Avoid park hazards such as rides, fireworks and animals to name a few, while attempting to land in the most crowded areas of the park to sell your balloons. Restock your supply of balloons by landing on the randomly appearing popcorn truck. Gust Buster offers a challenge for the entire family.

Front Line

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£18.00
Manual: 
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£18.00

Armed only with a pistol and grenades, battle through enemy infantry. Capture a tank and take on the enemy's mobile armoury. Head for the bridge and your final target enemy HQ but beware of land mines.

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