LJN Video Art

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Video Art is an educational game console from LJN Toys, introduced in 1987. Similar in functionality to basic personal computer paint programs such as MacPaint or Microsoft Paint, the platform offered interactive coloring book-style games, as well as math, history, and science lessons, starring characters such as Mickey Mouse.

LJN marketed the console not as a competitor to other contemporary game consoles, but rather as a competitor to TV, with a jingle:

If you're like me,
you spend all day just watching TV.
But then my mom, she got smart!
She got me Video Art!

The system came packaged with the Video Art Activity Package. Other cartridges available for the system included:

  • A Trip To The Zoo
  • Disney Coloring Book
  • Disney Story Book
  • Looney Tunes
  • Marvel Super-Heroes
  • My Dream Day
  • My Favorite Doll
  • On the Move

However, the console was a flop, and was largely forgotten. It was tested by the Angry Video Game Nerd who criticized the bad controls, the lack of functionalities and the ugliness of the graphics.

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