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.
Contributors : Juraj Mucko (pictures & info)
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The console was my favourite christmas wish 1979 / 1980. The whole family stuck together in front of a tube-colour-tv and tried to jump with the motorcycle above the busses or trying to hit a coloured box before it vanishes in the shooting game. Marvellous! For me this console stand for simple joy and pleasure and made me wish to create my very own video games. So I bought a Sharp PC-1211 and afterwards a Commodore VC-20. Many hours of joy and faszinating work are connected with this machines!
Tuesday 28th May 2019
Klaus Ruthmann (Germany)
My multispiel 4014 still has a pricetag saying: 168,00 DM (Deutschmark) which nowadays would be about 86 EURO.
Saturday 12th June 2010
Color TV-Multi-Spiel 4014
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BUILT IN LANGUAGE
Zeitrennen, Motocross, Schiessen I, Schiessen II, Solo, Gridball, Pelota, Hinderniss I, Hinderniss II, Fussball, Basketball, Tennis, Eishockey, Squash
two detachable controllers with vertical sliders + 2 buttons (serve & reset)
AY-3-8765 + AY-3-8610 chips from General Instruments
Unknown (very blocky)
SIZE / WEIGHT
RF TV video output
External power supply unit (9v, 200 mA) or 6 x C/R14 cells