VTech CreatiVision

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VTech CreatiVision
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VTech CreatiVision
ManufacturerVTech
TypeHome video game console
GenerationSecond generation
Release date1982; 37 years ago (1982) (Hong Kong)
DiscontinuedEarly 1986
CPURockwell 6502 @ 2 MHz
Storagecassette tape
Removable storagecartridge
Controller inputjoystick/membrane keypad controllers
SuccessorVTech Socrates

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.

History[edit]

The CreatiVision was distributed in many European countries, in South Africa, in Israel under the Educat 2002 name, as well as in Australia and New Zealand 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 (both released in Australia and New Zealand) and VZ 2000 (planned for release in France, likely unreleased). 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.

VTech CreatiVision rebranded as a Dick Smith Wizzard

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 two 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, parallel I/O interface, floppy disk drive and modem (likely unreleased) and one memory expansion module for use with the Basic language cartridge. Any Centronics-compatible printer could be connected to the I/O module, if present.

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 Finnish keyboard layout and character set.

A module allowing to play ColecoVision games was designed for use with the CreatiVision Mark-2 model (a later revision of the 1st model, incorporating hardware changes specifically designed to make the Coleco-module work). Before being produced, the module was modified internally and released for use on the Laser 2001 and Salora computers only. A special adaptor (homebrew) would be needed to make the Coleco-module work on the CreatiVision Mark-2.

List of games[edit]

# Title AKA title(s) Genre(s) Clone of Release year
1 Air/Sea Attack 1) Submarine in Japan (by Cheryco)
2) Air/Sea Battle in Australia (by Hanimex)
Fixed shooter 1981
2 Auto Chase Car Chase in Australia (by Hanimex) Maze, Driving Rally-X 1981
3 Crazy Pucker Maze Pac-Man 1981
4 Planet Defender 1) Earth Defense Force (Chikyū Bōeigun) in Japan (by Cheryco)
2) Galaxy Defender in Australia (by Hanimex)
Scrolling shooter Defender 1981
5 Sonic Invader Invaders in Australia (by Hanimex) Fixed shooter Space Invaders 1981
6 Tank Attack Tank Battle in Japan (by Cheryco) and in Australia (by Hanimex) Multi-directional shooter Combat (Atari 2600) 1981
7 Tennis Who's for Tennis? in Australia (by Hanimex) Sports None 1981
8 Astro Pinball Pinball 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 Defender 1982
12 Mouse Puzzle Puzzle Loco-Motion 1982
13 Police Jump Platformer Donkey Kong 1982
14 Chopper Rescue Scrolling shooter 1983
15 Locomotive Platformer BurgerTime 1983
16 Music Maker Music None 1983
17 Soccer Sports None 1983
18 Stone Age Puzzle Pengo 1984

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: Crazy Pucker was reissued with two different titles; Crazy Chewy and Crazy Moonie.

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