Philips videopac


 


The Philips Videopac G7000 was a gaming console with cartridges and was introduced in the late seventies. The consoles was developed by Magnavox USA and was sold in Europe as G7000 or Videopac. Although it had some stiff competition from Sega and Atari, it was reasonably successful in Europe and the US. At some time it even reached the third place in sales volume, behind the Atari 2600 and the Matell.  The console was sold from 1978 until 1986. Unlike the older game consoles, the games were now sold on seperate cartridges.

If you look at the pictures on the cartridges, it is funny to see how the actual game is totally different from the pictures displayed on the box. Even in the '80's marketing was a great thing. The games are actually very fun to play, because of its simplicity. No HDTV support, amazing framerates and shaders, it is all about having fun. Acrobats and slingshot is such a game. It is very mutch fun and even with friends a lot of fun to play.


There are several versions of the console, like a version with a monochrome monitor. Also various variants exist of the G7000 console, they have detachable controllers or different power supplies.
Model Display Keyboard Description
G7000 No Yes Initial version
G7000 rev 1 No Yes Now with external power supply
G7000 rev 2 No Yes Now with external power supply and detachable joysticks
G7200 Yes, 9"black and white Yes A complete "portable" G7000 console with a black and white monitor
Radiola Jet 27 Yes, 9"black and white Yes Like the G7200, but a different look
G7400 No Yes A upgraded version with better graphics, also known as Videopac+

There are several games available for the Videopac and Videopac+.

Number Title manufacturer Year
1 Race, Spin out Philips 1980
1+ Race, Spin out, Videopac+ version Philips 1983
2 Pairs, Space rendez vous Philips 1980
3 American football Philips 1980
4 Air See battle Philips 1980
5 Black Jack Philips 1980
6 Basket ball Philips 1980
7 Mathematician Philips 1980
8 Baseball Philips 1980
9 Computer programmer Philips 1980
10 Golf Philips 1980
11 (+) Cosmic conflict Philips 1980/1983
12 Money and Run Philips 1980
13 Playschool Philips 1980
14 Gunfighter Philips 1980
15 Samurai Philips 1980
16 Depth charge Philips 1980
17 Chinese Logic Philips 1980
18 laser War Philips 1980
19 Catch the ball Philips 1980
20 Stone Sling Philips 1980
21 Secret of Pharos Philips 1980
22 Space Monster Philips 1980
23 Las Vegas Gambling Philips 1980
24 Flipper game Philips 1980
25 Ski Philips 1980
26 Basket game Philips 1981
27 Table football Philips 1981
28 Volleyball Philips 1981
29 Dam Buster Philips 1981
30 Battlefield Philips 1981
31 Musician Philips 1981
32 Labyrinth Philips 1981
33 Acrobats Philips 1982
34 Satellite Attack Philips 1982
35 Billiard Philips 1982
36 Soccer Philips 1982
37 Monkey Philips 1982
38 Munchkin Philips 1982
39 (+) Freedom Fighter Philips 1982
40 4 in 1 Row Philips 1982
41 Conquest of war Philips 1982
42 Quest of the rings Philips 1982
43 Pick axe Pete Philips 1982
44 Crasy chase Philips 1982
45 Morse Philips 1983
46 Wall street fortune hunt Philips 1983
47 Mouse and cat Philips 1983
48 Backgammon Philips 1983
49 Turtles Philips 1983
50 Super Bee Philips 1983
51 Terrahawks Philips 1983
52 Killer bees Philips 1983
53 Nightmare Philips 1983
54+ Loony Balloon Philips 1983
55+ Neutron Star Philips 1983
56+ Norseman Philips 1983
57 The blobbers Philips 1983
58+ Air balttle Philips 1983
59+ Helicopter rescue Philips 1983
60+ Trans American Rally Philips 1983


 


  Eelco van Vliet, 2008