Entex Adventure Vision
|Type||Video game console|
|CPU||Intel 8048 @ 733 kHz|
Adventure Vision is a cartridge-based video game console released by Entex Industries in either August or October 1982. The monitor, game controls, and computer hardware are all contained within a single portable unit. The LED monitor can only display red pixels. Four games were released, all of which are arcade ports.
Adventure Vision was Entex's second-generation system following the Entex Select-A-Game, released a year earlier in 1981.
Control is through a single multi-position joystick and two sets of four buttons, one on each side of the joystick, for ease of play by both left- and right-handed players. Rather than using an LCD screen or an external television set like other systems of the time, the Adventure Vision uses a single vertical line of 40 red LEDs combined with a spinning mirror inside the casing. This allows for a screen resolution of 150 × 40 pixels. The mirror motor draws a great deal of power from the batteries, which can be avoided by using the built-in AC adapter.
Entex released four Adventure Vision games, all of them ported from arcades:
- Defender, originally by Williams Electronics
- Super Cobra, originally by Konami
- Turtles, originally by Konami (similar to Pac-Man)
- Space Force, originally by Venture Line (similar to Asteroids)
- CPU: Intel 8048 @ 733 kHz
- Sound: National Semiconductor COP411L @ 52.6 kHz
- RAM: 64 bytes (internal to 8048), 1K (on main PCB)
- ROM: 1K (internal to 8048), 512 bytes (internal to COP411L), 4K (cartridge)
- Input: 4 direction joystick, 4 buttons duplicated on each side of the joystick
- Graphics: 150x40 monochrome pixels
On March 31, 2013 at the Revision demoparty, the first-ever homebrew/demo ROM for the system was demonstrated by MEGA - Museum of Electronic Games & Art. MEGA also released the source code for the demo as well as all development tools.
- Forster, Winnie (2005). The encyclopedia of consoles, handhelds & home computers 1972 - 2005. GAMEPLAN. p. 53. ISBN 3-00-015359-4.
- Revision 2013 demoparty entry on pouet.net
- Open Source Adventure Vision development kit including demo source code
- AdViEmulator, a specialized Open Source Adventure Vision emulator
- Video Game Console Library
- Handheld Games Museum
- Games Database.org
- Picture and some information about Entex Adventure Vision (Dutch language)
- Information about the first Adventure Vision demo and the making-of
- Adventure Vision games playable for free in the browser at the Internet Archive Console Living Room.