This system is the European version of the Fairchild Channel F, which had been released in 1976 and was notable as being the first programmable video game system (i.e. using plug-in cartridges rather than dedicated circuits). An interesting characteristic of the system compared to others of the era was the nature of the controllers. These were gripped by the whole hand and enabled movement in eight directions (in addition to moving the knob forward, backwards, left and right, you could also pull it up, push it down, and twist it clockwise and anticlockwise), enabling them to be used like joysticks and like paddles. Another interesting feature of the console was a 'hold' button. A total of 26 cartridges were released, each with between 2 and 4 games.
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Munchman is a tabletop electronic game that was released under license in 1981 in the UK by Grandstand. It is a rebadged version of a Tomy game known as Pac Man in the US and Puck Man in Japan, and was one of many games released to capitalise on the Pac Man craze of the early 1980s. (read more)Grandstand, 1981
Another game inspired by Space Invaders, involving a fairly narrow column of invaders advancing down the screen. As with some versions of Space Invaders in the arcade, the screen is coloured so that the alien ships change colour as they move down. The game has a particularly loud beeper; guaran... (read more)Grandstand, 1980
A hand-held electronic game for one or two players, this was the first of two games to be marketed using the name of footballer Kevin Keegan. The gameplay is rather rudimentary, with players and the ball both represented by LED stripes (the ball being lit a little more brightly!). (read more)Grandstand, 1979
A tabletop game that aims to be at least a little similar to the classic arcade game of the same name. The main similarly is that it is a sideways scrolling game in which you have to shoot and bomb things without losing lives. The differences are pretty much everything else. However, it was n... (read more)Grandstand, 1982