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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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Cabbage Patch Kids Adventures in the Park

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Anna-Lee, your Cabbage Patch Kid, begins her park adventure swinging across the lilypond. The park is full of obstacles, in this screen Anna-Lee is jumping concrete pillars. Later in the adventure, Anna-Lee has to hop over magic fountains. Can she make it through the park?

Burgertime

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This game is the plastic box version.
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Help chef Peter Pepper make perfect burgers. However Mr Hot Dog, Mr Egg and Mr Pickle are out to stop you. Stun them with a sprinkle of pepper or lure them under burger buns, lettuce, cheese and tomatoes. Making burgers gets more difficult through the six screens of Burger-Time.

BC 2 - Grogs Revenge

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Here's Thor wheeling through a mountain maze, seeking the 'meaning of life'. Life's a rough road for sure. What with potholes and rocks and balancing on a narrow ledge. Not to mention wheel-wasting Tiredactyls! Travel isn't cheap, not even in the Stone Age. Gather up cams to pay the toll from one mountain to the next. Enter the cave and shed light on more clams. But watch out! Just when you thought it was safe to turn the corner again, Grog's waiting to bark you! Will you be able to hug the road and gather ye clams as ye may? We'll see!

Beamrider

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A beam matrix of iridescent blue engulfs the distant blackness of Earth Space. You stand watching. First mesmerized, you now realize the beams carry weapons. Frightening creations in endless configurations. Intriguing to watch, but will you - yes you, dear reader - take action? You will??!! Then roll up your sleeves, mount these beams and ride!

Antarctic Adventure

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This game is the plastic box version.
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Explore the icy Antarctic as you speed around the South Pole with an intrepid penguin explorer. Race against time as you try to raise flags of many nations at Antarctic ice stations. Leap ice crevasses, hop over ice puddles and dodge playful, curious seals on your exciting journey.

Zaxxon

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Guide your fighter through fortress walls, adjusting height and trim. Drop to ground level to blow up fuel tanks and gun turrets. Encounter and destroy enemy squadrons in space, but avoid their missiles. Engage the mighty Zaxxon equipped with heat seeking missiles.

Victory

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Take off into the stratosphere to destroy the alien fleet and prevent them landing on the planet. Use your radar screens, sheilds and doomsday device to ward off enemy attacks. A paratrooper has landed to release the quark missiles. Just time to attack before refuelling!

Venture

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Enter a room to capture valuable treasure. Beware of lethal Hall monsters. Once inside the room, destroy the monster guards and capture the treasure. Each dungeon level has four rooms and each room is guarded by different monsters. There are several dungeon levels in every game, and each one becomes more difficult than the last.

Subroc

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This is the plastic box version
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Direct your gun sight to locate your enemies whether in the air or on the sea. As night falls, more alien ships sweep in from the distance firing galactic depth charges. Your final opponent is the deadly command ship. Penetrate the ships force field to eliminate the fleet leader.

Time Pilot

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Take on the bi-planes of 1910. Save parachutists for extra points. 1940 presents new challenges for your time ship - fighter planes and the Blue Bomber. Moving through time you face the rocket firing helicopters of 1970 until the 1980's bring fast moving jet fighters with modern weaponry to pose the ultimate challenge.

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