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A Pile Of Intellivision Games.

A pile of Intellivision games! Tron: Solar Sailer, SNAFU, Tron: Deadly Discs, Bomb Squad, Masters of the Universe: The Power of He-Man!

Forgot about this free little pile of Intellivision games I got at the last SC3 meet-up... anybody here ever play these games? Intellivision was the first video game system I ever owned and I have many fond memories of it. From playing my longest game of Pitfall ever when I was sick in bed one day and playing countless innings of Baseball against my father, to performing huge belly flops in Frog Bog and being decimated by invisible robots on the later levels of Night Stalker, I'll always love that system. Speaking of the Intellivision, I've written a few articles on some of my favorite games for it including White Water! and Buzz Bombers in case you haven't seen 'em yet.

Whether you had an Intellivision, an Atari 2600, a NES or something else... post about the first video game system you ever owned, what some of your favorite games on it were and what made you love 'em so much.



Phil (Guest) on 05/04/2011 2:33 pm

It was the first gaming system I owned as well (in all of it's bit-mapped glory). ASTROSMASH was my favorite. I remember sitting in the basement for hours in a zombified feverish state as I hit 200,000 points on that game! Triple play with tank battle, dungeons and dragons were awesome as well. Me and my friends had the strongest thumbs in the neighborhood before long.

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mew barios on 05/04/2011 2:55 pm

i had a sears video arcade II, which is the same thing as the japanese atari 2800. my dad worked for sears at the time and they were trying to dump all their videogame stuff in 83, so we got the system and some extra controllers and the keypad and a pile of games for free when all the discounts alligned. i was a huge fan of demon attack which had a great 2player mode. berzerk, atlantis, fishing derby, frogs and flies, space invaders, defender, snoopy vs the red baron and demons to diamonds were games i remember fondly, though there's a bunch more i can't think of at the moment. :

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mew barios on 05/04/2011 5:22 pm

i never owned an intellivision, but i did pick up the intellivision lives collection for ds for like 2$. they put the overlays on the touchscreen it's done really well :o

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Dsinder on 05/04/2011 8:16 pm

The first video game I remember playing was PONG on a Coleco Telstar. I was one of those kids who learned how to set the paddles just right, and bounce the ball back and forth forever. Drove my parents fuckin' crazy. Along with my KISS albums.

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Julio on 05/04/2011 8:22 pm

My first console was the glorious NES, but I had it played it before at my neighbor's home. I remember playing a bunch of classics with him such as Super Mario Bros., Cobra Command, Ikari Warriors II: Victory Road (one of the ugliest games I have ever seen), Jackal, Contra and a lot more which I can't completely remember.

My favorite games for that console were the following:

1- Mega Man 3: It was not only fun to play, but the music was pretty much awesome and I find it to have the best soundtrack of the entire series (sorry, Mega Man 2 fanboys).
2- Ninja Gaiden: The game managed to overcome its incredibly frustrating traps such as pits and birds with a gameplay so awesome that I still find it one of the best of any games I have played before. On top of that it has an awesome soundtrack and the cinematics were just plain badass.
3- Super Mario Bros 3. This game gave me the opportunity to fly, transform into stone and even ride a giant boot. I don't think I need to even explain myself any further.


Alex (Guest) on 05/04/2011 9:04 pm

The first system that I owned was the Game Gear. My dad and I would play Sonic the Hedgehog all the time and I would make him do the Labyrinth levels. I hate underwater levels. I'm playing Sonic I want to go fast!

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monster_movie_night on 05/05/2011 2:43 am

The great nes of course it was a hit back then and it still is today. so the games i loves back then was rad racer, kung fu, TMNT and super bros 3. God i miss those days.

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HowardC on 05/05/2011 3:19 am

My first system was the 2600... played combat and pretty much nothing else. This was the tale-end of the 2600 phase though and the NES was just around the bend.

Now THAT was a console. Made everything else that was around at the time look like a stinky dog turd. Once you go nintendo you don't go back. 25 years later and I've bought every nintendo console that came out and have never regretted my purchases.

Btw Masters of the Universe! Probably the worst use of a game liscense since E.T. To this day I don't understand what in the world was going on in that game.

Do yourself a favor.... put it in, turn the console on, rock out to the awesome he-man theme and NEVER start the game. ;)

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Gix on 05/05/2011 4:19 am

was the 1st system i had as a kid, thou i remember very little of it, think i played baseball the most and he-man and qbert i believe

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Billy Chapman’s Friend on 05/05/2011 12:40 pm

The earliest memory I have about our family Atari was that you could play "Pac-Man" in the privacy of your own home. You didn't have to beg your mom or dad to drive you to the arcade, and you never had to worry about running out of quarters! Then came "Tecmo Bowl" on the NES, and I was hooked for life...

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-RoG- on 05/05/2011 1:12 pm

Look out! Skeletor is invading Castle Grayskull!


JohnB (Guest) on 05/05/2011 2:33 pm

My first console was the NES, first me and my brother had our own and then my uncle got the toploader. I used to play SuperC (Contra 2) with him almost everyday, but on my own I was all about Super Mario Bro.s 1-3, Paperboy, and Megaman 2.

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HowardC on 05/05/2011 10:11 pm


Exactly what I'm talking about!

Anybody who's watched the He-man cartoon knows that skeletor can't invade the castle. That's actually the plot point of most of the episodes!

And in that game he walks right through the OPENED front door (sorceress must have been drunk and left the gate down or something) and takes over the place! And apparently skeletor can shoot fireballs now. He also apparently has an army of clones considering you bomb him 30 or 40 times prior to each fight level.

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The_Punk_Hippie on 05/06/2011 3:10 am

I had a Texas Instruments, & I don't remember much about it, but I do remember that it was hooked up to a small TV in my grandparents basement, & I got to play when I went over, so it felt like something special (I was there every week, but I was closer to my grandmother than to anyone else in my family)

I remember getting so close to the end of Alpiner that I saw the Yeti at the top - there's not even a Youtube video of anyone getting that high (not that I've seen anyway)
I also remember Treasure Island, & Hunt The Wumpus. Those games were awesome & proof that you didn't need good graphics to make a good game.


MikaelPal (Guest) on 05/06/2011 3:11 pm

My family had this thing:

The Mark Supersport. Eight variations of Pong and two shooters, where you controlled the crosshair aiming at squares. I think my father bought it from his friend way, way back when we only had a black & white TV. It had two controllers with a stick and a button. In the Pong games you could control the height of your stick with switches on top of the cartridge, which was removable, but I don't think they made any other games for it.


Xbeaker (Guest) on 05/06/2011 4:50 pm

Atari 2600. I went through 2 of them after the power cord on the first one went bad. I got an Intellivision and ton of games a few years back at some convention. I still have an Atari 7800 hooked up to the 54" LCD TV in teh living room (along with 8 other systems from current gen back) As soon as I get a place with a bigger room, all of my consoles will live again!

Astroids on the 2600 was my favorite. Though I had gotten to the point where I could flip my score indefinately without getting hit. Oh, and Keystone Kapers and Bump'n'jump.

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PreApocalyptica on 05/06/2011 4:53 pm

NES. Super Mario. Zelda. Metroid. Kid Icarus. The giants. Obviously I don't have to explain why I loved those titles. I also had some lesser known titles like High Speed and Al Unser Jr's Turbo Racing. We also had Final Fantasy and Romance of the Three Kingdoms, but a three year old (usually) doesn't have much interest in those kinds of games. Funny thing is, now I'm a huge fan of classics like Bionic Commando, Double Dragon, and CastleVania, but I never actually played them until last decade when I discovered emulation. I'm a new old-school gamer.

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Shadowdancer21b on 05/06/2011 5:04 pm

First video game I ever played was Pitfall on the Atari 2600. I loved the music on that game and got so scared of the scorpion.

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MightyPinto on 05/06/2011 5:08 pm

First video game system I ever owned was the 2600 as well. My folks bought me a couple of Sesame Street games (I was four years old), but the only game I remember fondly was Missile Command. I played the HELL out of that game for two years until I got my NES at age six.

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GrindhouseCinema on 05/06/2011 5:33 pm

The first system I had was an Atari 2600 that originally belonged to my father. We had a stack of probably 25 different games or so for it. I remember sitting downstairs in the basement playing it on a 13 inch black and white TV set with the old manual knob on the front of it that you used to go through the channels with.

The first game that I remember really being into was Adventure for the 2600. The yellow dragon in that game used to scare the hell out of me... but I'll never forget the satisfaction of killing it for the first time.

We also had an Apple 2 computer. Played a lot of Oregon Trail (obviously) ... but my favorite Apple 2 game, I actually don't remember the title of anymore. It was one of those text based adventure games, where the computer would type out what you were looking at and you'd enter commands like "go north" and then it would tell you "you are in a forest" or something. I really wish I could remember the name of it. I do remember there was an encounter with a troll in a dungeon and it made me cry because it scared me so much. LOL.

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dextire on 05/06/2011 5:58 pm

The first system I owned myself was the NES. I was 6 years old and saved for 2 months before I had the $50.00 my dad's friend wanted for his old NES.
He threw in 3 games for me; Mario, Astyanax, and Adventure Island. A month later I got Mega Man 3 for my birthday.

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Shironu-Akaineko on 05/06/2011 6:35 pm

Okay, me it was the Commodore 64, first game was Jumpman Junior on a cart, but favorite game was Murder at Midnite (sic) starring Hercule Holmes on 4 floppies. I still play it when I can, the game is really detailled for a C64 game, it has plenty of different cases that you have to solve before midnight, starring the same 5 suspects, but the cases become more and more involved. The basis is like Clue (Who is the suspect? The victim? Where? With what? Why?), you have notes, surveillance cameras, a phone to ask question to the suspects, the ability to search their rooms after correctly answering mystery novels trivia.... if you fail to solve the game before midnight, an assassin shoots you! Talk about hostile work environment!

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Pentegarn on 05/07/2011 6:59 am

If one can count it as a vidjamagame system, my first was the good ol' C64.

I played the cartridge games like Wizard of Wor, Kickman, Radar Rat Race, Donkey Kong, and Centipede to death.

There were cassette tape games like Protector and Combat Leader, and of course the floppy drive games like Dragonriders of Pern, Zork, Archon, Temple of Apshai, Baseball Strategy, and Crush Crumble and Chomp. I burned through hours of my early youth laying those games

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Pentegarn on 05/07/2011 7:04 am

*playing those games, though if nobody was looking I would bang them too :P


LDavis (Guest) on 05/07/2011 10:58 am

Hrm, the first game system I ever bought for myself was the PS1 and I don't think I need to go into the list of classics on that.

That's far from the first system I played though. My family had at various times, the Atari 5200, the Intellivision, the NES and SNES.

Popeye on the 5200 stands out most to me, though I think we had Pacman, Kangaroo and Pole Position, all which were fun.

As for the Intellivision, I played the bottom 3 out of the stack though probably the most fun I had was playing NFL football with my grandfather.

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GrindhouseCinema on 05/07/2011 4:30 pm

Does anyone else feel really old when someone says the first games they played is stuff like Donkey Kong 64 or Mario Kart 64? Because I sure do! 8-)

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Pentegarn on 05/07/2011 11:22 pm

Agreed, I do feel old when you say your first played system is the N64

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Pentegarn on 05/07/2011 11:23 pm

You (understood), not 'you' you....

I am tired and lack clarity in my posts :P

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monster_movie_night on 05/08/2011 1:56 am

nah i still play n64 tho


nomadhar (Guest) on 05/08/2011 9:21 am

the games i remember most vividly are Tron: Deadly Discs, Tron: Solar Sailer and B-17 Bomber. TDD was super fun, surprisingly complex and boasted a hero that can take more than one hit!

we had the voice modulator so the second two had speech. B-17 was a quite cool and difficult sim, with tons of screens to keep track of, including pilot view, map, bomb bay and some gunner posts.

anyone else play these?


Jacob (Guest) on 05/09/2011 11:00 am

Atari XE computer. My uncle-in-law was an army man who happened to also be a part of a huge software pirating ring. I didn't know it but the games I grew up with like Rescue on Fractalus, The Last Starfigher, Spelunker, and Montezuma's Revenge were all ill gotten gains. Didn't stop me from enjoying them.

Although, later on the Army found out about him and prosecuted him. He spent lots of time in jail. Funny thing is, that wasn't the worst thing he was doing before he got caught. My cousins probably wish for his death every day.

True story, bro.

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Flashman on 05/11/2011 7:30 pm

an Oric was mine not sure what games all i can rember was some quasimodo game


VGRobot (Guest) on 05/12/2011 12:01 am

Hey man, you got lucky. A couple of those games are pretty awesome.

Tron: Deadly Discs is a well done robotron era robotron game.

He-Man is a bit...Shit. Well, it's not bad. It has the theme song down pretty good--but He-Man is NOT fun flying his lazy ass around bombing defenseless Skeletors.

Snafu is AMAZING. Snake vs. People totally forget how great this game was. To me, this game is a killer app for the Intellivision, the equivalent of Halo on the original Xbox. They rarely make multiplayer games that original anymore, and the brilliant touch of having the music change when there are only two players remaining is badass.

Bomb Squad...Well...I Love that game, a brilliant puzzle title, but you NEED a manual and the overlay, AND the intellivoice attachment--otherwise it is rather unplayable. Like some of the best Intellivision games, it is shockingly complex considering the time period it was released, but you need a lot of accessories to comprehend it. (I still don't understand Vectron).

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-RoG- on 05/12/2011 6:36 pm

MikaelPal - Never seen that one before, but now I have to try it haha. Looks

GrindhouseCinema - I dunno about N64, but I always feel old whenever I hear from somebody who has never even played any games on a NES or Sega Genesis. I just can't imagine not growing up on those games... so many amazing classics. Same goes for all the old point-n-click Sierra & LucasArts PC games from back in the day. I'll take excellent vintage gameplay over multi-million dollar 3D graphic games any day.

VGRobot - Believe me, I'm well aware of how awesome and addictive Snafu was. The music alone got me hooked on the game at a very young age. Such a simple 2-player concept, but done so incredibly well at the time. It got really hard when you reached the levels where you could move diagonally. Always good to hear from somebody else who appreciates that game. Thanks for the comment!

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Danny 4 Eyes on 06/02/2011 8:20 am

My first computer was a Sinclair ZX Spectrum 128k + 2. I loved playing a game called Skool Daze which involved you causing all sorts of hi jinks in a school. The only down side was waiting for the damn games to load.


Jason (Guest) on 06/15/2011 11:37 pm

My first console was a ColecoVision, though my parents had Pong before that but when I saw Donkey Kong for the first time it was incredible. Sadly the Donkey Kong pack in game was the only one I ever had for it, but I still played it like crazy. Later on my cousin got an Intellivision and I later got an Atari 2600. I had more fun on all of those games than most that are made today.


Gary J Foster (Guest) on 06/28/2011 4:27 pm

i love intellivison....i still have the system in mint with new controllers and new power adaptor like 100 games all in their boxes with the keyboard and the talking module....that shit still rules


kgb (Guest) on 07/10/2011 4:47 pm

Colecovision...when everyone else had Atari's. We only had 3 games, but Donkey Kong was the best.
I still have our Colecovision with the games. Can't connect it to any TV I own, but I'm keeping it anyway!

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