Yup, you read that correctly, if you remember this Atari 2600 clone sold by Sears under the Tele-Games brand. This system sold from 1977 to 1983, and went through three revisions. For the UC area in 2012, the Rev B “4 switch” model from 1980 will be on display, loaned to the exhibit by Jeff Koss (thank you!).
While the Tele-Games (Atari 2600) was not an underdog system, some of the games for it were, or at least are under appreciated today. This is the reason for the Tele-Games Video Arcade entering into the Underdog Chamber for 2012. As the Console Arcade room does, this system will focus on the (underdog) games for it, not the system itself.
Between Jeff, some snooping around AtariAge, and myself, the following list of games will be running for the Underdog Chamber this year. Note that all of these games will be there, but it will be unlikely that they will all run during the show, depending on time (and possible requests of course):
– Air-Sea Battle (not a true underdog, but under appreciated in today’s modern times)
– Bobby is Going Home (strange game released in 1983 in South America)
– Canyon Bomber (Sea Bomber, the B-side of the cart, and another under appreciated game)
– Double Dragon (released in 1988 – just amazing they could do this on the 2600 – tough game though)
– Fast Food (an underdog game from 1982 that is rather fun to play)
– Ghost Manor (produced in 1983 by Xonox, a true underdog game for the 2600, and another tough game too)
– Kung Fu Master (late release by Activision, with the rarity of it making it an underdog)
– Reactor (not a true underdog, but somewhat under appreciated today, this game is a blast to play)
– Secret Quest (one of last the games made for the 2600, and unique in many ways)
– Skeleton+ (home brew game for the 2600, the only one on display this year – great game!)
– Solar Fox (a scarce game for the 2600 that is rather good)
– Star Ship (scarce game that was also a release game for the 2600 in 1977 – give it a whirl if you dare)
– Tax Avoiders (rare game from 1982)
– Texas Chainsaw Massacre (very rare game for the 2600 – kind of fun, but very odd too)
– Tunnel Runner (a scare game that puts you inside the maze – like pac-man in 3D – a great game!)
– Video Olympics (under appreciated game from the early 2600 years)
ANd that is it for now. There will be another announcement for the Tele-Games, but I need to test something first. If all works out, there will be three more games added to the list here, and good games indeed!
Tele-Games Video Arcade (and games)