VTech CreatiVision

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VTech CreatiVision
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VTech CreatiVision
ManufacturerVTech
TypeHome video game console
GenerationSecond generation
Release date1982; 38 years ago (1982) (Hong Kong)
DiscontinuedEarly 1986
CPURockwell 6502 @ 2 MHz
StorageCassette tapes
Removable storageROM cartridges
GraphicsTexas Instruments TMS 9918/9929
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, including most German-speaking countries like West Germany, Austria and Switzerland and also Italy and Sweden, 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. However, the US release was planned but never sold efficiently.

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 is also sold in West Germany and was brought to France. 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 were 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]

In some regions, the console and its games were distributed by different companies, such as Cheryco in Japan, and Hanimex in Australia. VTech reissued several previous existing games in 1985.

There were 18 titles known to have been released.

   Background shading indicates games that were reissued in 1985.
# Title AKA title(s) Genre(s) Clone of Release year
1 Air/Sea Attack JapanSubmarine
AustraliaAir/Sea Battle
Fixed shooter 1981
2 Astro Pinball Pinball None 1982
3 Auto Chase AustraliaCar Chase Maze, Driving Rally-X 1981
4 BASIC Interpreter 1.0 None None 1982
5 Chopper Rescue Scrolling shooter 1983
6 Crazy Chicky Maze Pac-Man (with modified gameplay) 1982
7 Crazy Pucker[note 1] Maze Pac-Man 1981
8 Deep Sea Adventure Scrolling shooter Defender 1982
9 Locomotive Platformer BurgerTime 1983
10 Mouse Puzzle Puzzle Loco-Motion 1982
11 Music Maker Music None 1983
12 Planet Defender JapanEarth Defense Force (Chikyū Bōeigun)
AustraliaGalaxy Defender
Scrolling shooter Defender 1981
13 Police Jump Platformer Donkey Kong 1982
14 Soccer Sports None 1983
15 Sonic Invader AustraliaInvaders Fixed shooter Space Invaders 1981
16 Stone Age Puzzle Pengo 1984
17 Tank Attack JapanTank Battle Multi-directional shooter Combat (Atari 2600) 1981
18 Tennis AustraliaWho's for Tennis? Sports None 1981

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Notes[edit]

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