Colecovision
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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Move from maze to maze to destroy Evil Otto's robot forces. Use laser and reflective walls to eliminate the enemy. Eliminate the control centre of each maze for extra points but beware of the homing robots.
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by Coleco
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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...
This game is the plastic box version.
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Parker Bros
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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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Taito
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Your first mission is to defend against the Gorfian Robots' bombs in astro battles. Then destroy the laser Ship and all Kamikaze crazies in the laser attack. Next, escape the deadly subquark torpedoes through the Space Warp. Your ultimate mission is to demolish the all-powerful Flag Ship in a powerful neutronium explosion.
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Midway
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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...
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Sunrise
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Three billion miles is a long way from home. But there's no shorter route from outer Neptune to Earth. As if that weren't enough. it's got to be a shoot-out all the way. You alone in your rapid-firing spaceship, swirling in a circular flight pattern. orbiting to the right. arcing to the left. trying to mow down wave after wave of enemy plane...
This game is the plastic box version.
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Parker Bros
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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...
This game is the plastic box version.
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Xonox
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Guide the Ladybug around the maze. Eat the hearts and letters to increase your score. Move the maze doors to escape enemies, but avoid the poisonous skulls. New enemies enter the maze when the border is lit. Each new maze becomes more difficult; enemies moving faster, but rewards are greater.
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Universal
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Taxi along the runway, pull back on the joystick and off you go and a flight of mystery and imagination. Knock out balloons which are launched from the ground, and blow up the rocket to open the maze gate. Beware the tricky tangle of pipes, one false move and your plane blows up. Almost home, but deadly green drops can vaporise your aeroplane. If...
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Venture Line
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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...
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Telegames
£35
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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...
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Sunrise
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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.
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Exidy
£14
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Gather in the cherry harvest, but look out for the bad guys. Mr Do can use apples as barricades or offensive weapons. Sometimes a fallen apple yields and unexpected bonus; the diamond. Throw the 'magic ball' to destroy enemies, or collect bonus score letters.
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Universal
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Mr Do! The king of arcade clowns is in a bit of a bind again! This time, a pack of pesky unicorns is trampling the bricked hallways of his castle. Help Mr Do! rid his dwelling of these crafty, quick-challenging (and deadly!) creatures with the skilful swing of his hammer.
This game is the plastic box version.
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Parker Bros
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Steer your Omega fighter around the maze and fire laser beams to destroy the alien force. Use your thrust button and bounce off the maze walls to escape your enemies. In the head-to-head mode you fight the aliens - and each other.
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Midway
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Choose one of four different mazes to present first challenge: zip around each room to claim a bonus. Zip all the rooms and move onto the next maze, but beware the Evil Eyes. If you zip up the centre room you can chase the Evil Eyes to earn extra points. Complete four mazes and you meet the devilish disappearing tracks - an even greater challenge...
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Exidy
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As you race around the circuit your tires wear down and fuel decreases. Approaching the pits. Do you stop and refuel, change tyres or chance another high speed lap? In the pits, guide your mechanics through a super fast pit stop and get back to the track.
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Epyx
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In this game, you're Popeye! And your goal is to catch all of Olive's hearts, notes and x's (kisses!) before they hit the water and sink - or before Brutus or the Sea Hag's bottles knock you overboard. Each time you complete a round, you'll automatically proceed to the next - and more difficult one.
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Parker Bros
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Lively and Lovable, Q*Bert Hops to it! Hop Q*Bert from one cube to another. It is up to you to help him escape his enemies, touch every cube and reach the next level. It is complete entertainment with all the exciting colour graphics and sounds of a true arcade game.
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Parker Bros
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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!
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Konami
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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...
This game is the plastic box version.
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Telegames
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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.
This game is the plastic box version.
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by Coleco
£22
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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...
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Sunrise
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Smurf sets out to rescue the Smurfette from Gargamel's Castle. In an open countryside beware of obstacles and dangerous animals. Hazards in the cavern include low flying bats set to stop the Smurf. In the castle dungeons the Smurf must outwit the spiders to save Smurfette.
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by Coleco
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You have only your space fighter to beat off attacks from the Alien Commanders powerful fleet. Knock out alien ships before they continue to form Superships firing deadly fireballs. Complete Mission One and you can dock at the mother ship to get even more firepower for Mission Two. Each time you beat off the alien fleet, build up your fighter into...
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Sega
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Chase your spaceman around the girders, digging holes to trap unwary aliens. When an alien is caught in a trap, race to fill in the hole to finish him off. If aliens escape your trap they become more powerful and you must lay doubly clever traps. Beware the Super Blue Alien; be quick to plot his downfall, but watch your oxygen supply.
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Universal
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