APF Imagination Machine

APF Imagination Machine

The APF Imagination Machine is a combination home video game console and computer system released by APF Electronics Inc. in late 1979. It was composed of two separate components, the APF-M1000 game system, and an add on docking bay with full sized...

Backgammon

Backgammon

APF Imagination Machine - Released - 1977

This is one of the earliest Backgammon videogame along with the Channel F Backgammon released the year before (1977). There are two game variations: - two players game - play against the computer This is an important point: to be able to play against the computer. In 1978 it was not that common. The graphics are quite decent for such an early version.

Baseball

Baseball

APF Imagination Machine - Released - 1978

It seems like all gaming systems must have their Baseball game, as early as 1978! Indeed the RCA Studio II, the Fairchild Channel F, the Bally Astrocade and the Atari VCS all had their Baseball game! he controls are similar to other Baseball games. The outfielders are moved with the joystick, though you can't move them after the ball is pitched. They're spaced a little oddly, so there's usually a gap in right field that the computer player manages to hit to more often than not. To pitch, you send the ball with the fire button and control its path with the joystick. To bat you simply press...

Blackjack

Blackjack

APF Imagination Machine - Released - 1978

Another Blackjack game, but maybe the best one released in 1978, compared to its competitors (Channel F, Atari VCS, Bally Astrocade). The APF M1000 is the only system to bother to include symbols for the suit! You can choose the number of decks up to four that the dealer draws from.

Bowling / Micro Match

Bowling / Micro Match

APF Imagination Machine - Released - 1978

This cartridge offers two games: Bowling and Micro Match Bowling This game is one of the earliest bowling videogame released, along with the RCA Studio II version (1977), the Fairchild Channel F bowling (1978) and the Atari VCS (1978). All of them seem to have been inspired by the first bowling arcade videogame Robot Bowl (1977). You can play Bowling for the APF-1000 with up to 4 players. Like the other bowling games of the time, your ball is moving constantly back and forth and you must decide when you want to throw it by pressing the fire button at the right moment. There is no way to...

Brickdown / Shooting Gallery

Brickdown / Shooting Gallery

APF Imagination Machine - Released - 1977

This cartridge offers two games, Brick Down and Shooting Gallery. Brick Down Brick Down is of course a copy of the arcade hit Breakout from Atari (1976), but here the playfield if turned 90° to the right, so that the paddle up and down like a normal pong game. The object of the game is to destroy all the bricks in the wall. Options include fast or slow ball speed, 8 or 12 layers wall. Overall the game is bad. The automatic service always launch the ball to the same spot. Rebounds are against any physic logic and have no variety. Animation is worth any Basic programmed...

Casino I: Roulette / Keno / Slots

Casino I: Roulette / Keno / Slots

APF Imagination Machine - Released - 1978

One of the earliest videogame dedicated to Casino games. This cartridge offers 3 different games: Roulette, Keno and Slot.

Catena

Catena

APF Imagination Machine - 1978

A game of skill and challenge designed for the whole family to play. Play ends when every square is occupied. The winner is the one with the majority of squares in his color. The game board is constructed of 64 squares. After the board is laid out, each player than takes a turn, making one move for each turn.

Hangman / Tic-Tac-Toe / Doodle

Hangman / Tic-Tac-Toe / Doodle

APF Imagination Machine - 1978

This cartridge offers 3 games: Hangman Classic Hangman videogame, though this one might be the first of its genre on a console along with Hangman for the Atari VCS 2600, and Hangman for the Channel F released the same year (1978). Maybe there was even earlier versions on computer systems, but no proof has been found yet. This version for the APF M1000 offers many options and a has built-in vocabulary! Options include: from 1 to 4 player games, 3 to 6 letter words, 7 to 10 letter words or 3 to 10 letter words; and you can of course enter your own words. Tic Tac Toe Simple Tic Tac Toe...

Panika

APF Imagination Machine - Released - 1986

Rocket Patrol

APF Imagination Machine - Released - 1978

This is the built-in game for the APF MP-1000 videogame system released in 1978. The object of the game is to destroy the most space ships within 1 minute period. In 1 player mode (see video below), your opponent is the videogame system. For the first minute it will fire at the space ships trying to score most points. Then, it's your turn, also for 1 minute. The player has an advantage over the system, as he can move the firing station from left to right along the bottom of the screen. It was inspired by the Atari arcade game Anti-Aircraft (1975)

Space Destroyers

Space Destroyers

APF Imagination Machine - Released - 1978

A space invaders knock-off with little no differences from the classic arcade game. Released in 1978 by APF Electronics.

Ufo, Sea Monsters, Break It Down, Rebuild, Shoot

Ufo, Sea Monsters, Break It Down, Rebuild, Shoot

APF Imagination Machine - Released

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