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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Frogger 2 - Threeedeep

Notes: 
This game is the plastic box version.
Box: 
yes
£20.00
Manual: 
yes
£20.00

Look who's resurfaced in an all new adventure. It's Frogger! Three distinctly different screens take our fearless frog on another homeward bound journey, but this time it's under water, over water and through the air! Frogger must swim against strong currents, whisk past whales and hippos, sidestep snapping barracudas, spring from cloud trampolines to high-flying birds contend with Clyde the Flying Dragon and so much more. So, Frogger lovers, kiss y our lily pads goodbye and get set for some fast and frantic fun with Frogger II Threeedeep!

Fathom

Notes: 
This game is the plastic box version.
Box: 
yes
£18.00
Manual: 
yes
£18.00

Neptina, Neptune's daughter, has been imprisoned at the bottom of the sea by Titans. Your goal is to rescue her by locating the scattered pieces of a magical trident! You will need to take the form of a dolphin and a bird in order to locate the pieces that are hidden in the ocean and clouds.

Flipper Slipper

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

Welcome to video pinball, a super slick, fun filled version of the traditional game. The action is controlled not by fixed flippers but by moving and manoeuvrable flippers! You're going to need all the skill and technique you can master, because there's going to be more super fast action slipping past your flippers than you can handle, tree forests to snare your ball, a target fence that requires pinpoint control, a moving bumper that quirks your ball's carom, beaches that change the colour of your ball so that you have to colour co-ordinate with your flipper. And finally a dam that bursts and floods the field of action ending the game.

Dukes of Hazzard

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

Drive the General Lee through Hazzard Country! You have to catch Jeremiah Stinge up ahead. But watch your rearview mirror for Boss Hogg. He's hot on your trail!

Destructor

Box: 
yes
£18.00
Manual: 
yes
£18.00

You're up against deadly Insktoids in a day and night chase through a vast maze! Your starcruiser has landed on Arthros, a planet of savage Insektoids ruled by Destructor! You race through a continuous winding maze in your Ram-car, dodging Insektoids and smashing Krystaloids, converting them to Energy Crystals for your starcruiser. Watch out for deadly Destructor who is out to destroy you! Push the crystals back to your ship so that your starcruiser can lift off, taking you lift off, taking you from this deadly world!

Dam Busters

Notes: 
This game is the plastic box version.
Box: 
yes
£15.00
Manual: 
yes
£15.00

You have been chosen to lead the most daring air assault of all time: Flying a modified Lancaster bomber, you must penetrate enemy defences and obliterate a series of dams vital to the enemy's machine. First, test your wings in this combination action game and strategic flight simulator. Master the art of navigating your Lancaster bomber in the ink-black skies over hostile territory. Now the mission's begun! You dodge enemy planes, spotlights and flak. You must deliver your explosive pay load at just the right moment at precisely the proper angle. Then fight your way home!

Cosmic Crisis

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

Feel the secret joy of the demons? As it is so badly haunted by those energetic demons, it seems that this time the world is terribly drawing to the crisis of surviving. In front of you will be the toughest enemies over met and you get to rely on yourself alone. No fighting though, it wouldn't do you any good; the only chance is the hammer in your hand and the intelligence in your head. Got it? Fine, now start and win a beautiful victory!

Congo Bongo

Notes: 
This game is the plastic box version.
Box: 
yes
£18.00
Manual: 
yes
£18.00

Safari Sam is an intrepid jungle explorer; Bongo is a gorilla who's trying to make a monkey out of him. Sam needs your help to get revenge! Catch Bongo and more challenging action awaits, but if Sam gets caught, he's off on a one-way flight to heaven!

Choplifter

Notes: 
This game is the plastic box version.
Box: 
yes
£20.00
Manual: 
yes
£20.00

You have been chosen to pilot the only chopper that can reach the area in time. It's manoeuvrable and well armed but outnumbered. Tanks attack and jets pursue; drop down to bomb the barracks and land to pick up fleeing hostages. It will take several runs to save all the prisoners. Good luck…the whole world is watching you!

Cabbage Patch Kids Picture Show

Notes: 
This game is the plastic box version.
Box: 
yes
£15.00
Manual: 
yes
£15.00

From the scenery to the stars, you run the show. Create your very own Cabbage Patch Kids animated pictures. Set the stage with one of the special Cabbage Patch Kids scenes provided. Or build a fantasy scene all your own and fill it with props from the Picture Show's electronic prop room. Choose from 15 vibrant colours to brighten each and every scene. Create Cabbage Patch Kids stars that are as lovable and unique as the Cabbage Patch Kids themselves. At showtime, record your special feature for repeat performances that will have your family and friends cheering for more!

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