Amstrad GX4000

The GX4000 was Amstrad's short-lived attempt to enter the games console market. The console was released in 1990 and was based on the still-popular CPC technology. The GX4000 was actually a modified CPC6128+ computer. This allowed The GX4000 to be compatible with a majority of CPC+ computer line software.

Initial reviews were favourable - the console had impressive enhanced graphics and sound, a huge colour palette of 4096 (more than the 16 bit Sega Megadrive), hardware sprites and hardware scrolling. The console itself had a sleek curved design (reminiscent of Nintendo N64, which came out six years later). It retailed for £99 and came bundled with driving game Burnin' Rubber. GX4000 game cartridges could also be used by the new 464+ and 6128+ computers released at the same time.

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In all, less than 40 games were produced for the GX4000, of which only half were original and unique to the console. The games were made by UK based companies Ocean (now Infogrames UK) and US Gold (now Eidos). Notable GX4000 games were Burnin' Rubber, RoboCop 2, Pang, Plotting, Navy Seals and Switchblade. The latter was later released for the CPC range with only minor concessions, mainly colour. The GX4000 was only manufactured for a matter of months before it was discontinued.

The GX4000 was a commercial flop and is one of the least successful games consoles ever made. This was in part due to the GX4000 being powered by 8 bit technology and almost immediately being superseded by the 16 bit Sega Megadrive, (released in November 1990 in Europe), and eventually the Nintendo SNES. There was little available software at launch, with some games being released months late or cancelled entirely.

To make matters worse, several GX4000 games were simply CPC games from previous years re-released onto a cartridge. This was not inspiring and users were not prepared to pay £25 for a cartridge game that they could buy for £3.99 on cassette instead. Within a few weeks of the initial launch, the system could be bought at discounted prices. Popular UK videogame magazines marked the system as "the worst system of the month" as voted by readers.

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Amstrad GX4000 Unbranded New RF Lead Loose

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An unbranded but brand new RF lead that will substitute the one that came with your console. Connects your machine to the TV - an ideal replacement if the original one that came with your console is lost or faulty. Length is one metre. This item is fully tested and is brand new.

Amstrad GX4000 Controller Loose

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The Official Amstrad GX4000 Controller. This is an official replacement for the controller that comes packaged with the Amstrad GX4000 console. This item is loose and in good working order.

Amstrad GX4000 Console Loose

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The Amstrad GX4000 Video Computer System. This console comes unboxed with original controller, base unit, power supply & AV leads. The console has been tested, is in good condition and works fine.

Amstrad GX4000 Console Boxed

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The Amstrad GX4000 Video Computer System. This console comes boxed with original controller, base unit, power supply & AV leads all internal packaging and instructions. It also includes the Burnin' Rubber game. The console has been tested, is in good condition and works fine.

World of Sports

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Four international events of death defying skill and endurance. Cliff Diiving, Slalom Skiing, BMX Bike Racing and Surfing from the masters of computer sports. EPYX..

Switch Blade

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Hiro, last of the Bladeknights, must reassemble the sixteen fragments of the shattered Fireblade. Only then can he take on havoc and avenge his peoples death.

Operation Thunderbolt

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Combat action with two player thrills. Test your skills against swooping jets, helicopters and tanks and watch out for the air-to-ground missiles!

Pro Tennis Tour

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Okay Tennis Ace, now's your chance to compete with the best. Step into centre court, tighten your grip and prepare to serve up your best shot. Pro Tennis Tour is about to begin.

Mystical

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How far off seems the title of Supreme Magician! From the Marsh of Eternal Stench to the garden of Eden face danger and humour, and try and survive the deluge of monsters thoroughly determined to stop you.

Fire and Forget 2

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Get ready to experience the most amazing arcade game ever designed for a console! You control the Thunder Master 2, a combat vehicle of tremendous power, capable of transforming into a menacing airborne assailant.

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