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> DESCRIPTION

This is the smallest group presented here, since only 3 different systems are known (Soundic SD-200 and Hanimex HMG-7900 are the same).

These systems were produced circa 1983, and were sold in Europe. There were clearly marketed as cheap systems and were surely produced by Soundic in Honk-Kong as all the systems have code-names in "SD-2xx" (where SD would mean Soundic) on their electronic board. This SD code, is something I have encountered several times when opening all these obscure systems (not only SD-2xx systems).

Anyway, these SD-2xx systems were not very powerful as even the Videopac systems were better, but 5 years before !!

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...

 

 

> HOW TO RECOGNISE THEM ?

>THE CONTROLLERS
Each system is sold with only 1 controller. Each controller has :

a joystick screwed on a disk,
a knob to play breakout type games for example,
and one fire button (the Hanimex has 2 buttons but they have the same function).

 


The three consoles have a socket for a second controller but none of the games were for two players, so the second controller is never used.

 

> THE CONTROL PANEL
The buttons available are very "classic" :

ON/OFF - RESET - SELECT -START

> THE CARTRIDGE BOXES
The plastic boxes of the cartridges are very typical to these systems. They are a good way to identify these systems. Note that the Epoch Cassette Vision (Japan) use the same type of plastic boxes.

 

 

> THE SYSTEMS

 

SOUNDIC Soundicvision SD-200

 

HANIMEX HMG-7900 (Model SD-200)

 

ROLLET VIDEOCOLOR (Model SD-270)

 

ITMC SD-290

 

> THE GAMES

There have been around 10 cartridges produced and some two-players games planned but never released (see list below). Graphics are very blocky, and the playability is very bad !!

 

Breakaway Chaser Martians

Saucer Attack Le Trésor du Pharaon

 

 

Les aventuriers de l'espace Breakaway Le chevalier du jeu

Martians Météorites Le trésor du pharaon

La course à la tortueSaucer attackGobeur

 

 

Here are the list of games found, known to exist or planned but never released. Names differ for each system...

Number

Name

201

Chaser / Gobeur

202

Space Smash / Météorites / Invasion de l'espace

203

Saucer attack / Les envahisseurs

204

Raging turtle / Course à la tortue / Labyrinthe

205

Breakaway / Mur de briques / jeu de desctruction

206

Martian / Attaque aérienne

207

Outworlder / La rivière sauvage

208

Expedition / Trésor du pharaon

209?

Le chevalier du jeu

210

Space Scout / Les aventuriers de l'espace

???

Evasion extra-terrestre

Planned

Soccer

Planned

Ski

Planned

Ice skating

Planned

Road race

Planned

Tennis

 

> LINKS AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Hanimex HMG-7900 :
French description of the console and some games

Epoch Cassette Vision :
Japanese page with pictures
Odyssey's Cassette Vision page (excellent, many pictures)

Soundic Soundicvision SD-200:
pelikonepeijoonit.net (excellent web site)

 

 



  
       
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