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> DESCRIPTION

Maybe this is the most obscure of the console groups... because there are all quite different in shape, and none of them could be found in the USA, so little information is to be found on the net for them so far. But at least 2 of these systems are quite known by europeans collectors :

The Interton VC-4000 and the Voltmace Database.

The Interton has the most complete list of games confirmed (40) and was sold outside Germany, in some other european countries. For these reasons, I decided to call this group "Interton VC-4000 and compatible systems".

In fact these systems seem to be "cut-down" versions of the "Emerson Arcadia 2001 and clone" systems. They use the same Signetics CPU (2650A) but have a less "powered" video-chipset : the Signetics 2636 instead of the 2637.

As most of these systems are different in shape and use different cart formats, they usually are not directly "hardware" compatible (i.e. cartridges do not fit), but there again, games are absolutly identicals.

 

> HOW TO RECOGNISE THEM ?

> THE CONTROLLERS
There are at least 12 keys (4 x 3) on each joystick keyboard plus most of the time 2 red fire buttons on each joystick. These fire buttons are generaly part of the keyboard, and not on the controllers sides like many "Arcadia" systems...

Sometimes (Rowtron system for example), the fire button is one of the 12 keys of the keyboard, but is still differenciated by the red color.

 

 

> THE CONTROL PANEL
On the control panel there are usually 4 functions buttons :

Power On/Off - Reset - Select - Start

This is good way to differenciate them from the "Arcadia" systems, which are very similar in many ways except that they have one more selection button (Select B or option...)

 

> INSIDE
Inside, the CPU is a Signetics 2650A just like the "Arcadia" systems, but the video-chipset is a powerless one : the Signetics 2636 (Arcadia systems use the 2637).

 

> THE SYSTEMS

Name

Brand

Country

 

VC-4000

Interton

Germany / Europe

 

Super Play Computer 4000

Grunding

Germany

 

MPU-1000

Acetronic

UK / Europe

 

HMG-1392

Hanimex

Europe

 

Programmierbares Video System

Radofin

Germany

 

MPU-2000

Acetronic

UK / Europe

 

Programmable Videogame

Radofin

Europe

 

Model 1392

Lansay

Europe

 

MPT-05

ITMC

France

 

Television Computer System

Rowtron

Europe

 

Voltmace database

Voltmace

UK

 

CX 3000 Palson Spain  

OC-2000

SOE

France

 

VC-6000

Prinztronic

???

 

 

 

 

> THE GAMES

Air / Sea Battle Black Jack BreakoutCircus

Combat??? Electronic pinball4 in a row

Horse racingCode breaker Maths 2Maths 1

MazeMotor racing Musical gamesBoxing

Alien invasionSpace battle Shooting gallerySports world

 

There are 40 games known for the Interton VC-4000, which has the most complete list. The other systems have apparently less games, which makes us think that Interton was at the origin of theses systems...

Interton VC-4000 games

Voltmace Database

Acetronic MPU-1000

Rowtron

1 - Autorennen

1 - Air-sea Battle ?

1 - Olympics

1 - Sportsworld

2 - Blackjack

2 - Blackjack

2 - Grand Prix 3

2 - Combat

3 - Ballspiele

3 - Bat and Ball

3 - Black Jack

3 - Horse Racing

4 - Panzer/Luftschlacht

4 - Road Race

4 - Tank/Plane Battle

4 - Maze

5 - Mathematik 1

5 - Tank and Plane

5 - Air Sea Battle

5 - Math Two

6 - Mathematik 2

6 - Mathematics 1

6 - Shooting Gallery

6 - Four in a row

7 - Luftkampf/Seegefecht

7 - Mathematics 2

7 - Basic Math

7 - Mastermind

8 - Motivsuche

8 - Shooting Gallery

8 - Math 2

8 - Air / Sea Battle

9 - Labyrinth

9 - Brain Drain

9 - Challenge

9 - Boxing

10- Wintersport

10 - Maze

10 - Codebreaker

10 - Black Jack

11 - Hippodrom

11 - Horse race

11 - Supermaze

11 - Sporting shotgun

12 - Jagd

12 - Circus

12 - Horse Racing

12 - Motor Racing

13 - Schach

13 - Boxing

13 - Circus

13 - Maths One

14 - Moto Cross

14 - Four in a row

14 - Prizefight

14 - Circus

15 - Vier in einer Reihe / Intelligenz

15 - Space battle

15 - Soccer

15 - Galactic space battles

16 - Superhirn / Intelligenz

16 - Alien invasion

16 - Hobby Module

17 - Circus

17 - Golf

17 - Musical Games

17 - Video Pinball

18 - Boxkampf

18 - Box clever

18 - Treasure Hunt

18 - Flag Capture / Memory match

19 - Krieg im Weltraum

19 - Treasure Hunt

19 - Golf

19 - Face the music

20 - Melodie Simon

20 - Arcade

20 - Head On

20 - Golf

21 - Attacke

21 - Musical memory

21 - Draughts

21 - Draughts

22 - Schach 2

22 - Spiders Web

23 - Flipper

23 - Chess

24 - Fußball

24 - Munch & Crunch

24 - Othello

25 - Kegeln / Bowling

25 - Leap Frog

25 - Electronic Pinball

26 - Dame

26 - Super Knockout

27 - Golf

27 - Invaders

28 - Cockpit

29 - Metropol

29 - Crazy Crab

29 - Shootout

30 - Solitär

30 - Space Wars

31 - Casino

31 - Lazer Attack

32 - Weltrauminvasoren

32 - Backgammon

33 - Super Invaders

33 - Planet Defender

34 - Space Laser

34 - Sea Wolf

35 - Rodeo

36 - Backgammon

37 - Monster-Man

38 - Hyperspace

39 - Basket-Ball

40 - Super-Space

 

> LINKS AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Interton VC-4000 :
Classic Consoles Center! (cart list & screenshots)

Voltmace Database :
Obscure Pixels (pictures & carts list)

Palson CX-3000 :
Thanks to Miquel Pratsevall for the pictures

General :
The Video Game Consoles F.A.Q.
Ian's Game Page (cart lists)
Obscure Pixels

Cartridge lists are based on the work of :
Ian Pleasance, Richard Muse and Michael Davidson.



  
       
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