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Rollet
Videocolor

The Rollet Videocolor is a low-range console with rather simplistic games. It was released around 1983. It is one of these cheap systems produced in Asia for people not able to buy more expensive systems of that time.

Though different in shape, Rollet Videocolor is internaly the same system as the Hanimex HMG-7900 and the ITMC-SD290. There were surely all produced by Soundic in Hong-Kong as all the systems have code-names like "SD-2xx" (where SD would mean Soundic) on their electronic boards. The Videocolor motherboard for example, is labeled SD-270. These SD-2xx systems were not very powerful as even the Videopac systems were better... 5 years earlier!!

What is strange about these consoles, is that there are not clones of famous systems... The only system which is quite close in many points, though more powerful, is the japanese Cassette Vision from Epoch. The games plastic boxes are the same and the blocky graphics are very similar...

The shape and look of the Videocolor is quite funky, all yellow coloured with big blue buttons. It was clearly intended to be sold as a toy and manipulated by children. There is one built-in screwable joystick mounted on a disk, one fire button and a dial to play breakout games. Though there is a second controller connector (on the right side of the system) for a second player, it was never used, as all games were for one player only. This connector is exactly the same as those found on the Hanimex HMG-7900 for example, so these controllers could be used with the Videocolor.

The control panel is made of three big buttons and an on/off switch. The buttons are RESET, GAME SELECT and GAME START. GAME SELECT is used to select the different levels and options of the game.

The cartridge slot, protected by a trap door, is made of 22 pins and is placed at the top part of the console. Inside, the main chipset is a NEC D779C 300. Nothin is known about this one... can you help please?

The games are very simple and cover the great classics such as Space Invaders, Breakout, Missile Attack or Pac-Man (delivered with the system). But graphics, even in 8 colors, are poor. Concerning the PAC-MAN cover for example, all you can see is squares running after a cross... wow, that is almost virtual reality!

There was a total of 11 cartridges produced, though 5 more cartridges, for two players this time, were planned but never released (someone can confirm this?). These cartridges were: Football, Ski, Ice-skating (!), Car-Race and Tennis.

We need more info about this console ! If you designed, used, or have more info about this system, please send us pictures or anything you might find useful.
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NAME  Videocolor
MANUFACTURER  Rollet
ORIGIN  Hong Kong
YEAR  1983
BUILT IN SOFTWARE / GAMES  None
CONTROLLErsc  One built-in joystick screwed on a disk, 1 fire buttons (same function) and a knob for breakout-type games
CPU  NEC D779C 300
SPEED  Unknown
CO-PROCESSOR  Unknown
RAM  Unknown
ROM  Unknown
GRAPHIC MODES  60 x 52 ?
COLOrsc  8
SOUND  One channel beeper. Built-in internal speaker
I/O PORTS  One controller connector, cartidge slot, power in, RF TV output
MEDIA  Cartridges
NUMBER OF GAMES  11 (5 more were planned but never released)
POWER SUPPLY  9v DC 450 mA - -(o- +
PERIPHERALS  Second controller
PRICE  500 FF (France, december 1984)

  
 

I love the look and feel of this system! But, men, it is really horrible to play with... :(

 
  




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