The Universum TV-Spiel 1004 is a classic pong system powered by the AY-3-8500 chipset which offers 4 different games (Tennis, Hockey, Squash and Handball), hence its name (1004). This system is quite unusual because of its weird triangular shape, and is thus sometimes referred to as the "boomerang pong".
The controllers are very simple: two sliders built into the case of the system... The games are selected through a big orange knob placed in the middle of the case. The usual switches complete the control panel: Power on/off, Ball speed pro/am, Ball angle pro/am, Paddle size pro/am, Service manual/auto...
This particular model seems to have only been sold in Germany.
David Winter reports:
The Universum 1004 is the German version. The same game existed under several other brands: Unitrex Video Pro (USA), Digitek 2001 (USA), Radio Shack TV Scoreboard 60-3052 (USA). Several similar games were released with different controllers: AudioSonic PP-600 (Europe), Concord (model unknown), Regina (model unknown, UK), Ingersol (model unknown, UK), etc.
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this is the same console as the unitrex video pro i have. mine is the Canadian version from ontario. it was released about 1975/76. it uses an RF switch box similar to that of the atari 2600 or intelevision. it cost $40 from zellars, or that''s a sale price i donno that''s what the old tag says. the instuctions came in english and french. that''s about all that i know about the Canadian version.
Monday 18th April 2011
Nikolai Sywolos (Canada)
I bought one of these in Fort Worth, Texas (home of Tandy/Radio Shack) in 1977. The graphics on the console are slightly different but the shape, color, switches and functions are the same. I think it was on close out because it was priced very low, $20 or so.
Wednesday 2nd February 2011
BUILT IN GAMES
Tennis, Fussball, Squash, Pelota
2 built-in sliders
AY-3-8500 from General Instruments
Power on/off, Ball speed pro/am, Ball angle pro/am, Paddle size pro/am, Service manual/auto