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|Type||Home video game console|
|Release date||1982(Hong Kong)|
|CPU||Rockwell 6502 @ 2 MHz|
|Controller input||joystick/membrane keypad controllers|
|Successor||VTech Laser 2001|
The Video Technology CreatiVision is a hybrid computer and home video game console introduced by VTech in 1981 and released in 1982. The hybrid unit was similar in concept to computers such as the APF Imagination Machine, the older VideoBrain Family Computer, and to a lesser extent the Intellivision game console and Coleco Adam computer, all of which anticipated the trend of video game consoles becoming more like low-end computers.
The CreatiVision was distributed in many European countries, in South Africa, in Israel under the Educat 2002 name, as well as in Australia under the Dick Smith Wizzard name. Other names for the system (all officially produced by VTech themselves) include the FunVision Computer Video Games System, Hanimex Rameses and VZ 2000. All CreatiVision and similar clones were designed for use with PAL standard television sets, except the Japanese CreatiVision (distributed by Cheryco) which was NTSC and is nowadays much sought after by collectors.
The CreatiVision console sported an 8-bit Rockwell 6502 CPU at a speed of 2 MHz, 1KB of RAM and 16KB of Video RAM, and had a graphics resolution of 256 × 192 with 16 colors and 32 sprites. The console had 2 integrated joystick/membrane keypad controllers (much like the ColecoVision and Atari 5200) which, when set in a special compartment on top of the console, could be used as a computer keyboard. The CreatiVision had interfaces for a cassette player, an extra rubber keyboard, floppy disk drive, parallel I/O interface, modem (likely unreleased), Centronics printer and one memory expansion module for use with the Basic language cartridge.
The CreatiVision was discontinued in late 1985/early 1986. A computer was produced by VTech in 1984-1986, based on CreatiVision hardware and was compatible with most of its games: Laser 2001, which sold in Europe. It was also available in Finland through Salora, with the name of Manager. The Manager had a specific keyboard with Finnish layout and character set.
List of games
|#||Title||AKA title(s)||Genre(s)||Clone of||Release year|
|1||Air/Sea Attack||1) Submarine in Japan
2) Air/Sea Battle in New Zealand
|2||Auto Chase||Car Chase in New Zealand||Maze, Driving||Rally-X||1982|
|4||Planet Defender||1) Earth Defense Force (Chikyū Bōeigun) in Japan
2) Galaxy Defender in New Zealand
|5||Sonic Invader||Invaders in New Zealand||Fixed shooter||Space Invaders||1982|
|6||Tank Attack||Tank Battle in both Japan and New Zealand||Multi-directional shooter||1982|
|7||Tennis||Who's for Tennis? in New Zealand||Sports||None||1982|
|9||BASIC Interpreter 1.0||None||None||1982|
|10||Crazy Chicky||Maze||Pac-Man (with modified gameplay)||1982|
|11||Deep Sea Adventure||Scrolling shooter||1982|
|13||Police Jump||Platformer||Donkey Kong||1982|
Note 1: Seven games were reissued by VTech itself in 1985, which are Air/Sea Attack, Crazy Chicky, Mouse Puzzle, Police Jump, Sonic Invader, Tank Attack, and Tennis.
Note 2: The 1981's game Crazy Pucker was reissued in the same year with two different titles, called Crazy Moonie and Crazy Chewy.
- CreatiVEmu: CreatiVision Emulation Central
- Creativision Datasette Interface
- VTech Creativision - Dark Watcher's Console History at the Wayback Machine (archived September 26, 2009)