...at home 1 Button 1979 4 quarters (4 stars) Ground Troops Joystick Magnavox / N.A.P. Military Odyssey2 Real Time Strategy W

War Of Nerves!

The Game: You’re the commander of a small squad of robots, and your opponent – be it a second player or the computer – is commanding a similar platoon o’ droids. Your job is to avoid the enemy’s robots while you wait for your robots to reach the enemy commander. Of course, the enemy’s robots …

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...at home 1 Button 1980 4 quarters (4 stars) A Joystick Magnavox / N.A.P. Odyssey2 Slide & Shoot (i.e. Space Invaders)

Alien Invaders – Plus!

The Game: It’s quite simple, really. You’re the pilot of a ground-based mobile weapons platform, and there are buttloads of alien meanies headed right for you. Your only defense is a trio of shields and a quick trigger finger. If your cannon is destroyed, its pilot must run for cover; each of the three shields …

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...at home 1 Button 1980 4 quarters (4 stars) B Breaking Through Walls Joystick Magnavox / N.A.P. Odyssey2

Blockout! / Breakdown!

The Game: In this bizarre and uniquely Odyssey2 take on Atari’s Breakout, you battle either the computer or a second player in your attempts to blast through a wall – or repair it. You take alternating turns with your opponent; one round, you’re playing the game the more traditional way and controlling the paddle at …

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...at home 1 Button 1980 2 quarters (2 stars) C Cockpit First-Person Joystick Magnavox / N.A.P. Odyssey2 Shooting At Enemies

Cosmic Conflict!

The Game: This is a very simple first-person space game in which you watch various and sundry harmless space freighters waft lazily past your screen, punctuated at regular intervals by TIE-fighter-like attackers which do pose a moderate threat to you (but not much of a moderate threat). (Magnavox, 1980) Memories: It’s a simple game – …

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...at home 1 Button 1980 2 quarters (2 stars) C Joystick Magnavox / N.A.P. Military Odyssey2 Planes Submarines Tanks

Conquest Of The World

The Game: In probably the weakest of the Master Series games – Odyssey games which included overcomplicated board game elements, a la Quest For The Rings – you control one of the world’s superpowers, attempting to gain as much influence as possible through political and economic means and, where necessary, warfare. (Magnavox, 1980) Memories: Well, …

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...at home 1 Button 1980 3 quarters (3 stars) Climbing Joystick Jumping Keyboard M Magnavox / N.A.P. Odyssey2

Monkeyshines!

The Game: An elaborate game of tag, only the simian players have an advantage; human players, when tagged, must be “un-tagged” by the other player to return to the game. (Magnavox, 1980) Memories: This was the first attempt to mine the “ladder-climbing” style of games – i.e. Donkey Kong for the Odyssey2, and it wasn’t …

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...at home 1 Button 1980 4 quarters (4 stars) Action Adventure Board Game Collecting Objects Joystick Keyboard Magnavox / N.A.P. Odyssey2 Q

Quest For The Rings

The Game: In the opening screen – the mists of time, so the rulebook tells us – two players pick their characters’ classes. Warriors are sword-wielding strongmen, wizards can cast spells from a distance, phantoms can walk through solid walls (but not lava formations), and changelings can become invisible when they move. The two intrepid …

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...at home 1 Button 1980 2 quarters (2 stars) Educational Joystick Magnavox / N.A.P. Math Maze Odyssey2 T

Take The Money And Run!

The Game: Two little white robots represent assorted economic woes, and they drain your cash rapidly if they catch up with you. The object of the game is to come out with the most money left at the end of the two-player game. You couldn’t really do anything about the robots. (Magnavox, 1980) Memories: A …

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...at home 1 Button 1981 5 quarters (5 stars) Edit Your Own Levels Joystick K Keyboard Magnavox / N.A.P. Maze Odyssey2

K.C. Munchkin!

The Game: As a small blue spherical creature whose sole sensory organs consist of two eyes, two antennae and an enormous mouth, you are on a mission to eat twelve dots which are floating around a small maze. Pursuing you are three multicolored jellyfish-like horrors who will gobble you up on contact. (North American Philips, …

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...at home 1 Button 1982 4 quarters (4 stars) A Joystick Magnavox / N.A.P. Odyssey2 Slide & Shoot (i.e. Space Invaders) with Voice

Attack Of The Timelord!

The Game: The game begins as the skull-like face of Spyruss the Deathless (the Timelord of Chaos, no less!) taunts you (well, only if you had the Voice), and then a bunch of pesky spaceships pops out of a vortex to shoot at you. They shoot at you rather a lot. Fortunately, you can shoot …

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...at home 1 Button 1982 2 quarters (2 stars) F Magnavox / N.A.P. Odyssey2 Shooting At Enemies Side-Scrolling Two Joysticks

Freedom Fighters!

The Game: Using the left joystick, you control the movement of your ship within the confines of a screen filled with mines, alien aggressors, and occasional purple “confinement crystals” which you have to catch, because these contain human prisoners of war. The right joystick engages your hyperdrive, enabling you to go zipping along in true …

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...at home 1 Button 1982 5 quarters (5 stars) Edit Your Own Levels Joystick K Keyboard Magnavox / N.A.P. Maze Odyssey2 with Voice

K.C.’s Krazy Chase

The Game: As a small blue spherical creature whose sole sensory organs consist of two eyes, two antennae and an enormous mouth, your mission – should you choose to accept it – is to start munching on the segmented body of the dreaded Dratapillar while avoiding its always-lethal head. When you consume one of its …

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...at home 1 Button 1982 2 quarters (2 stars) Educational Joystick Jumping Keyboard Magnavox / N.A.P. Math N Odyssey2 Shapes & Matching with Voice

Nimble Numbers NED!

The Game: You are NED, hopping over boulders and, with each obstacle overcome, tackling progressively more difficult math questions and pattern-matching exercises. You can select what kind of math you need to work on (addition, subtraction, etc.), and if you don’t solve a problem correctly the first time, it’s broken down into smaller parts to …

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...at home 1 Button 1982 3 quarters (3 stars) Breaking Through Walls Joystick Magnavox / N.A.P. Odyssey2 P with Voice

P.T. Barnum’s Acrobats!

The Game: You control an acrobat on a moving see-saw, launching your fellow acrobat into the air to pop balloons and defy gravity in an act that would’ve done old Barnum proud! But what goes up must come down, and your airborne acrobat, if he doesn’t bounce upward upon impact with more balloons, will plummet …

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