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Roberts
Paddle IV

A classic pong from Roberts with four games (hence the name of the system) and detachables paddles. Apparently made in Japan.

The two paddles can be attached to each side of the system, or taken apart. There are only equiped with a unique dial. The general cosmetic design of the Paddle IV looks like the Commodore 64 one. Round edges and beige/creamy color. The games selection is made with a knob...

PROMOTIONAL CATCHERS:
- Featuring 4 games with detachable remotre control
- Automatic on screen scoring
- Simply attached to your black & white or color TV set

Jeff Skowron reports:
I owned this system. The games were pretty standard pong fare. For tennis, each player had a paddle and the object was to keep the ball from going behind the paddle. Hockey was the same, except the area behind the paddle that the ball could go through was restricted (i.e. representing the net. I also believe that in the hockey game, each player controlled two paddle, both on the same side of "center ice", but one more forward than the other and slightly offset from each other. As you might guess, in squash each player controlled a paddle on the same side of the screen and the object was to bounce the ball off the wall on the other side of the screen and get it past your opponent. Squash practice was the single player version with just one paddle. There were difficulty setting switches that made the ball or "puck" move faster, made paddles smaller, and, I think, altered the angles the ball took when it hit the paddles. If I recall correctly, the first toggle switch on the top row in the picture allowed you to choose automatic or manual serve (only applicable for squash practice?). In manual mode, you had to push one of the buttons on teh lower left of the console to serve the ball. On a side note, putting the power cord in your mouth gives a bit of a shock! (I think my cousin dared me to do it)

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I have recently obtained a Roberts Super Color Video X and would emailed isntructions on how to hook it up.
The system looks very similar to the Paddle IV system and the description sounds similar too.
I would love to know it''s value or know someone who''s interested in it.
Thanks.
makhawks@yahoo.com

          
Thursday 1st September 2011
MAK (Eastern Iowa)

I have a Paddle IV game. It is in mint condition, including the original box, original instruction manual, power cord and adapter, and tv connection switchbox. It has all the components needed to run on any tv. All you need to hook it up to any tv, including new tvs, is the switchbox, which will hook up through a VCR to your tv using a cable-tv cable. I am not interested in selling my unit, but I would be interested in knowing how much it is worth, for insurance purposes. Anyone who needs information on how these hookups work, feel free to e-mail me. I have scanned pictures of the original manual, and can take pictures of the switchbox. Enjoy your games everyone!

          
Tuesday 6th September 2005
Jennifer M. Stinson (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

I have a Paddle IV game and I just wondered what a collector would offer for it in case I did decide to sell it someday. It works, and it's in great condition, I just don't have an old TV to hook it up to. If you know anything, please drop me a line, LOL, there isn't a category for it on Ebay.

          
Tuesday 20th April 2004
Nicole (Pittsburgh, PA)

 

NAME  Paddle IV
MANUFACTURER  Roberts
ORIGIN  U.S.A.
YEAR  1976
BUILT IN GAMES  Tennis, Hockey, Squash, Squash practice
CONTROLLERS  Two detachable paddles with dial and no fire button
CPU  General Instruments AY-3-8500 ?
BUTTONS  Manual serve, Reset
SWITCHES  Serve auto/manual, Speed normal/fast, Angle narrow/wide, Bat size large/small, Power on/off
SCORE  On screen
COLORS  Black & white
SOUND  Built-in speaker
I/O PORTS  RF TV video output (or switch box)
BATTERIES  6 x
POWER SUPPLY  9v DC
GUN  No


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