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Color TV-Multi-Spiel 4014

This videogame system is one of the most advanced consoles of the pong generation. It could be called a "bridge" system since it offers classic pong games but has also 4 motor bike games included, like a kind of transition between old pong systems and upcoming "cartridge based" consoles.

There are therefore 14 games built into the system, hence its name: Tv-Multi-Spiel 4014. They include: 4 motorbike games, 2 shooting games, Solo, Gridball, Pelota, Football, Basketball, Tennis, Ice Hockey and Squash. As usual with these kind of systems, games are powered by single specialised chips. The 4 motor bike games are generated by the AY-3-8760 chipset from General Instruments and the other ones (shooting + pong) by the AY-3-8610 from the same manufacturer (if someone can confirm this by opening their 4014 console it would be nice).

The two detachable controllers (hardwired to the systems electronic board) are composed of an analog joystick and two buttons: serve and reset. The games selection is made by pressing one of the 14 buttons located on the control panel. Several switches are used to change the different options, including the size of the paddles, speed of the game and the difficulty level.

The 2 shooting games seem to be played only with the joysticks. There is indeed a sign of a lightgun connectors - two round holes in the back of the case covered by square black stickers, but they are not active.

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Contributors : Juraj Mucko (pictures & info)

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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My multispiel 4014 still has a pricetag saying: 168,00 DM (Deutschmark) which nowadays would be about 86 EURO.

          
Saturday 12th June 2010
Jochen (Germany)

 

NAME  Color TV-Multi-Spiel 4014
MANUFACTURER  UNIVERSUM
ORIGIN  Germany
YEAR  1980 ?
END OF PRODUCTION  Unknown
BUILT IN SOFTWARE / GAMES  Zeitrennen, Motocross, Schiessen I, Schiessen II, Solo, Gridball, Pelota, Hinderniss I, Hinderniss II, Fussball, Basketball, Tennis, Eishockey, Squash
CONTROLLERS  two detachable controllers with vertical sliders + 2 buttons (serve & reset)
CPU  AY-3-8765 + AY-3-8610 chips from General Instruments
GRAPHIC MODES  Unknown (very blocky)
COLORS  Yes
SOUND  Built-in speaker
SIZE / WEIGHT  Unknown
I/O PORTS  RF TV video output
POWER SUPPLY  External power supply unit (9v, 200 mA) or 6 x C/R14 cells
PERIPHERALS  None
PRICE  168,00 DM

  
 

This has to be the ultimate pong class system, with 14 games built-in the console!! A shame there is no option for a lightgun though...

 
  

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