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This mini forum is intended to provide a simple means of discussion about the Mattel Electronics  Aquarius computer. If you want to share your own experience or memories, or add relevant information about this system: post a message!

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Sunday 9th December 2012
TylerE (USA)

I got a boxed Aquarius Snafu game for .99c at a thrift store. It wasn''t sealed but it is CIB and the contents are brand new with a little wear on the box itself. I cant find anything for the price of this game in particular so if anyone knows I would appreciate it.

Wednesday 24th October 2012
Chef (USA)

Here''s Virtual Aquarius

It''s awesome. Turn on the power...*beep*. "BASIC" "Press Return Key To Start". It''s all there, the sounds and everything.

If you are playing AD$D, don''t forget to "jump back"! or simply run past the monsters if you don''t want to engage them.

I used to play so much that the goal no longer was to kill the Dragon King, but to see how many times you can loop through all 99 levels...avoiding the Dragon King! After a while you were so powerful that a single shot from any weapon would kill him, but it was never quite enough power was it? Inventories like arrow count weren''t displayed but counted out on the speaker for you. A low rapid tapping sound was played after hitting the e.g. "arrow count" key. After a few loops through the entire maze it could last for minutes because you picked up so many arrows, you know because you need thousands of arrows to kill the Dragon King! (rolls eyes)

Eventually the Dragon King would randomly be at the bottom of the ladder so you had to fight him. You never knew which level. $sad$

I never had the expansion pack so you could never save the game. I had to leave the power on...I made sure I did not bump the computer power switch or days of running through the mazes would be gone. (the same thing if you were programming, heaven forbid, tens-hundreds of lines of code...gone!)

After killing the Dragon King the TV speaker would scream simple sounds at you... Woooooooooo! Woo Woo Woo Woo..! then repeat, displaying a message "You are the new Dragon King!" (if I remember correctly)


The other games were great too. They even "Biorhythms" for the adults to see when they were most compatible or most connected. Bow chicka wow wow!

Saturday 7th July 2012
Wayne Styles (UK)

Guess what ? My AQUARIUS still works ha ha.
It rarely comes out of the attic but when it does, I am happy to revisit my early teen fun of BURGER TIME, ADVANCED DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS and TRON DEADLY DISCS. All the cartridges work.. I also keyed in the running man programme in BASIC all those years ago. The AQUARIUS was simple, cheap and fun. And I do have some cassette games such as N-VADERS too, although I have not even attempted a cassette as I recall they took ages top load all those years ago. All my mates in the 80''s took the micky, they had SPECTRUM and COMMODORE 64''s. A vast array of software for those, but I have fond feellings for my AQUARIUS cartridges and love that they still work. I feel a RETRO night coming soon, ADVANCED DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS I can spend hours on. Wayne

Saturday 5th March 2011
Chris (USA)

I fondly remember many nights wasted in college playing Advanced Dungeons and Dragons on this system.

Sunday 28th November 2010
Andy (UK)

Does anyone remember typing in the program which played "Once in royal David''s city?"

It always erred while playing....

Tuesday 24th October 2006
John Gabra (Earth)

There were a couple of programs that came with this computer. One of them was called the running man. After copying the program from the manual, which took me quite a long time as a kid, a man would run across the screen, whooptee! The disk drive was a tape deck. You could play the tapes in a normal tape player and it would sound like a fax machine.

Sunday 14th May 2006
Shailendra (Melbourne, Australia)

I LOVED this computer when I was a kid. It was the first video game I ever owned. Burgertime was ace! Brings back memories seeing this. You could program in it too, make colours and stuff, came with a list of programs you literally typed and ran.

Tuesday 5th April 2005
flask (the ground)

the classic 'vapourware' product. all these things that got announced and never delivered!

Sunday 27th January 2002
Joe Dyer (USA)

Does anybody Know the pinouts of the Mattell Aquarius Din Connection to the tape drive, or know of a source for the cable?

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