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Videocart-14: Sonar Search

Videocart-14: Sonar Search

Fairchild Channel F - Released - April 1, 1978

This battle on the high seas is sure to score a direct hit with exciting 1 and 2 player games! Sonar's got a fix... Computer's enemy Destroyer dead ahead. Fire one. Fire two. Got him! One down, four to blow up! In the 2-player game, uncover the locations of your opponent's 5-ship fleet, before he finds yours. Pay attention to the sonar's "ping", then close in for the kill!

Videocart-15: Memory Match

Videocart-15: Memory Match

Fairchild Channel F - Released - April 1, 1978

Memory Match is a game where the player is given the task of flipping over cards two at a time in the hopes of having them match. If the cards match, they disappear from the playfield. If they don't match, the cards are flipped back over face down and the player tries again. The better the player is at memorizing where the overturned cards were, the easier it will be for him to find a match. The game contains 4 variations of its basic premise. The Memory Match 1 variations offer a smaller grid thus making it easier. Memory Match 1: Cipher-24 (6x4 grid with numbers) Symbol-24 (6x4 grid...

Videocart-16: Dodge-It

Videocart-16: Dodge-It

Fairchild Channel F - Released - April 1, 1978

The gameplay featured on this cart is a take on the game of Dodgeball. The player is trapped inside a playfield and has to dodge a ball that continuously keeps bouncing of the sides of the playfield. The longer the player is able to dodge the ball, the more points are earned. After a certain amount of points are earned, another ball enters the playfield thus making the player have to dodge two balls. More balls keep getting added at fixed intervals after that until a total of 9 balls are in the playfield. The game ends when the player is finally hit by the ball. In the 2 player game, both...

Videocart-17: Pinball Challenge

Videocart-17: Pinball Challenge

Fairchild Channel F - Released - April 1, 1978

Although the title of the game may lead players to believe it's a pinball game, this is actually a Breakout variant. The basic gameplay features the player bouncing a ball off of a paddle into a wall of bricks, chipping them off one brick at a time. Each brick destroyed earns the player points with the low green bricks being worth 1 point each, the middle blue bricks being worth 4 points each, and the red bricks on top rewarding 7 points each. Once the ball bounces off the wall of bricks, it's up to the player to maneuver the paddle under the falling ball in order to hit it back up into the...

Videocart-18: Hangman

Videocart-18: Hangman

Fairchild Channel F - Released - October 1, 1978

The classic game of Hangman, in which the player has to guess a hidden word by suggesting letters. Only a certain number of letters can be tried - every incorrect guess will add an element to a drawing of a man being hanged at the gallows. The player loses if the drawing gets complete, due to his missing attempts at finding the letters in the secret word. The game contains 64 game variations of this basic premise for either 1 or 2 players, with or without a score. Variations include: The computer selects the word to guess; One player comes up with a word for another player to solve; The...

Videocart-20: Video Whizball

Videocart-20: Video Whizball

Fairchild Channel F - Released - October 1, 1978

Video Whizball is a game where players control paddles that have to protect a goal from being entered by whizballs. To protect their goal, the player's paddle can fire missiles which can be aimed straight or angled up or downward. Missiles that hit whizballs can help propel them to start going in an opposite direction. If one of the missiles or whizballs hits the player's or the opponent's paddle, it will temporarily disappear leaving the respective goal undefended. The game is won when either one of the players gets to a previously selected score. The game contains 72 game variations of...

Videocart-21: Bowling

Videocart-21: Bowling

Fairchild Channel F - Released - October 1, 1978

The object of the game is to knock down as many pins in 10 frames of bowling. The game gives the player an overhead view of a bowling lane. The player's bowling ball starts out moving left and right across the front of the lane. This has the player trying to get the lane position they want the ball to start traveling down. Once the ball starts rolling down the lane, the player can curve the ball left or right. Once the curve has started, it can't be changed further. The game has 18 variations. They involve choosing the combination of number of players (1 or 2), then speed of play (slow,...

Videocart-4: Spitfire

Videocart-4: Spitfire

Fairchild Channel F - Released - April 1, 1977

Videocart-4: Spitfire is a 1 on 1 aerial dogfighting Shooter game released by Fairchild Semiconductor for the Fairchild Channel F in 1977. In addition to a 2 player mode the game allowed for 1 player to combat the CPU, which for the time was unique for a home console thanks to the Channel F being the first home console with a CPU.

Videocart-5: Space War

Videocart-5: Space War

Fairchild Channel F - Released - April 1, 1977

Teleport yourself and a friend to an interstellar battleground with this faster-than-the-speed-of-light game. Subspace distress call: Alien laser attack has drained your protective electro-magnetic force field. Can you get back to the starbase to recharge... before he blasts you out of the galaxy?

Videocart-6: Math Quiz I  (Addition & Subtraction)

Videocart-6: Math Quiz I (Addition & Subtraction)

Fairchild Channel F - Released - April 1, 1977

Get one problem right and a new one appears. Take turns with a buddy for added competition. Plus or minus some fast-paced fun! Math Quiz - Addition: Count on your television instead of your fingers. Right answer scores. You get two chances before the screen shows you how. Arithmetic was never like this! Math Quiz - Subtraction: Your number's up! Brush up on the basics, teach the kids to balance their allowance, or just have fun. It won't take away from the thrill of the game!

Videocart-7: Math Quiz II  (Multiplication & Division)

Videocart-7: Math Quiz II (Multiplication & Division)

Fairchild Channel F - Released - August 11, 1977

Get one problem right and a new one appears. Take turns with a buddy to double the competition... And quadruple the fun! Math Quiz - Multiplication: Teach the kids to multiply while you practice your time tables. Do it in your head or sneak a look at your calculator. Any way you figure it, the product is fun! Math Quiz - Division: Think you're equal to our problem? If you've got our number, you score. If not, you get another try before the screen works it out for you. Makes long division half the work and twice the fun!

Videocart-8: Mind Reader, Nim

Videocart-8: Mind Reader, Nim

Fairchild Channel F - Released - December 11, 1977

Take our magic numbers, your own secret strategy... And you just might trick the computer! Can you "digit"? MINDREADER: Think you've got our number? "H" or "T" tell you whether you've guessed the right digit in the right place or the wrong place. Race the clock or play for points. NIM: Trap the computer in a binary bind, and you win every time! You and the computer take turns removing one or more units from each square. Last move wins.

Videocart-9: Drag Strip

Videocart-9: Drag Strip

Fairchild Channel F - Released - August 30, 1977

Know when to shift and you'll go the distance with these two racy games. But be careful... Redline your engine, and you wind up shiftless! (You've blown it!) 1-Player Drag Strip: VROOOM! Tach it up for a dynamite breakout. Then race the clock as you burn up the strip. (Beat our 7.70 ET and you're ready for Pomona!) 2-Player Drag Strip: He who laps last, laps best. Max your rpm's without redlining and you'll have the speed to lap your opponent at the top end. 99 wins puts you in the Winner's Circle!

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