The Intellivision was my first game system and will always evoke warm
memories. The gaming experience back then isn't comparable to today's.
Everything felt so new, there was always a sense of wonder about what
they could do next. It's the difference between "ooh, ooh, what
if they made a game about [x]?" vs. "wow, another Need
for Speed sequel". Practically every idea was new during this
Pack-in catalogs were a part of the experience,
something missing today what with the internets and all. They were a way
for companies to promote what else was available for their system. Most of these didn't survive long though, I
found this one in a box of games for $5 at a garage sale. As a kid I
probably discarded dozens of these without thinking.
I'll admit, these are not the best scans I've ever done.
To really get these right you'd have to cut the catalog in two.
If I get a second copy of this then I'll hack one up and rescan them.
Anywho, all the images here are thumbnails so click to see the full-size image and stuff.
Cover: Is that a young "Screech" playing the
Introduction: A lot of marketing spin on these pages. Although
Intellivision did have some rights to brag. In a head-to-head face-off
there was little comparison between it and the Atari 2600.
Major League Baseball: This game was featured in the semi-famous George
Tennis and Backgammon: These are two Intellivision games I'm
really not familiar with. There aren't many games on that list but of
course two of them just have to appear on the same page. Hmm.. oh, the
Backgammon page advertises "Dice rolled randomly", whew, huge
Poker and Basketball: Poker for the Intellivision was great,
easily the best console card game of the time. In a multi-player game
you had to use the "honor system" and look away while your
opponent saw their cards.
Astrosmash: Now here is a fun, addictive game. It was also the
first game that I recall having auto fire (that doesn't mean it invented
the concept though).
Soccer and Golf: These were also both well beyond what other
consoles offered at the time. OK, soccer was a little slow but PGA Golf
was ahead of its time.
Skiing and Hockey: Haven't played Hockey but I have logged many
hours on the Skiing game. It had excellent scenery and controls.
Football: Ah, the famous running man in all his glory. This
little sprite would be used in numerous games throughout the years.
Space Battle: Space Battle is an under-appreciated game. In some
ways it could be considered one of the first real-time-strategy / space
Checkers and Math Fun: Yeah I actually had Math Fun as a kid.
It's at least partially responsible for me being such a nerd today.
Racing and Boxing: Boxing plays about was well as a set of Rock 'em
Sock 'em robots - only much slower.
Sea Battle and Horse Racing: Sea Battle's not bad. Like Space
Battle it's a primitive strategy / shooter combo.
Roulette and Armor Battle: I guess Armor Battle was supposed to
be a response to Atari's Combat. Although it looks 100x better it's
really not as much fun.
Space Armada: This game was obviously a Space Invaders knock-off.
I think it's a nice improvement even if it gets impossibly difficult in
the later levels.
Bowling and Dungeons & Dragons: Alright, on to one of my
favorite Intellivision games; heck one of my favorite games for any
system. I assume this ad is for "AD&D Cloudy Mountain"
although the drawing only distantly resembles it. The description, on
the other hand, doesn't remotely match-up to either of the AD&D
games produced. I can only assume they had the AD&D license at this
point but didn't know what they wanted to do with it. "AD&D
Cloudy Mountain" actually began as a different game and was
re-branded so perhaps this page is for something with a grander vision
that never transpired.
SNAFU and Triple Action: Here are a pair of great two player
games. SNAFU is a blast for two players, a four player mode would be
perfect for something like the Wii Virtual Console. Triple Action was
sort of another Combat knock-off, only with driving too.
Word Fun: Yeah I had Word Fun too, go ahead and mock me. What
ever happened to game clubs? Ah, the internets again, I guess it's all
message boards and MyFace groups or whatever the kids are into now.