MATTEL AQUARIUS - ANY COLLECTORS/ FANS?

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MATTEL AQUARIUS - ANY COLLECTORS/ FANS?

Post by Timothy Lumsden » Thu Jul 15, 2010 10:35 am

Just carbooted my way into getting one ( though I did co-own one with my brother back in the day) and was wondering if anyone else here collects or has collected for this poor little 8 bit?

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Post by Timothy Lumsden » Fri Jul 16, 2010 4:57 pm

Ha ha - looks likes that's a no then! :lol:

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Post by Sureshot » Fri Jul 16, 2010 7:22 pm

About the only experience I have of the Aquarius is picking up a copy of a code listings book for pittance from a second-hand shop when I was about 10. I figured I would be able to simply alter one or two things in the code to make it work on my BBC. How that failed. :lol:

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Post by martyg » Fri Jul 16, 2010 9:13 pm

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Post by Timothy Lumsden » Sat Jul 17, 2010 7:21 am

Very nice collection Marty - your Aquarius is a much nicer colour than mine (I think it must have been owned by a chain smoker :lol: )

Out of interest, does anyone know if US carts work on UK machines?

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Post by Havantgottaclue » Sat Jul 17, 2010 2:49 pm

Here is a video of the Aquarius version of Invaders. Looks playable enough, although even the last alien doesn't move fast enough for the game to be particularly challenging. I see the only graphics available were pre-defined graphics characters - no bitmap graphics or user-definable characters - not good! Still, there is at least sound capability and colour, making it I suppose a cut above the ZX81 ... but it came out a couple of years too late. I had no idea of its existence at the time.
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Post by Timothy Lumsden » Sat Jul 17, 2010 2:53 pm

not arcade perfect, but for the Aquarius I have to say it's a pretty swish version of Invaders.

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Post by Havantgottaclue » Sat Jul 17, 2010 3:01 pm

There are a fair few videos by the same guy on there - of the ones I've seen, Burgertime is probably the most impressive. Not a bad version at all, by the looks of it!
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Post by Timothy Lumsden » Mon Jul 19, 2010 10:16 am

Been playing a bit of Burgertime on mine - games are actually better than I expected from what is essentially a colour zx81. The revelation there were games on cassette came as bit of a shock - always thought this was a cart only machine. Retroinspection Daz? :wink:

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Post by martyg » Mon Jul 19, 2010 8:40 pm

Timothy Lumsden wrote: Very nice collection Marty - your Aquarius is a much nicer colour than mine (I think it must have been owned by a chain smoker :lol: )
You can always Retrobrite it.
Out of interest, does anyone know if US carts work on UK machines?
I haven't heard about anything being NTSC/PAL specific.
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Post by Timothy Lumsden » Wed Jul 21, 2010 1:19 pm

think I might give it a go - only way of finding out.

have you seen the prices the user magazines go for on ebay :shock: far more than any of the hardware - wow...

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Post by Timothy Lumsden » Wed Nov 30, 2011 8:47 am

hope no one minds if I bump this thread - but it's been a year - and some new members might be fans (ok ok - not likely! :lol: )

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Post by Timothy Redux » Thu Aug 13, 2015 4:48 pm

so it's been four years since I bumped this thread - anyone taken the plunge since then?
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Post by ianpmarks » Thu Aug 13, 2015 4:50 pm

I'd love an Aquarius, but I've never actually seen one for sale... except on over priced eBay.
a car boot one would be a dream come true.

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Post by Timothy Redux » Thu Aug 13, 2015 4:54 pm

ianpmarks wrote:I'd love an Aquarius, but I've never actually seen one for sale... except on over priced eBay.
a car boot one would be a dream come true.
yer, they go for crazy money - but apparently only 30,000 were ever made. I have my brother's one from back in the day. I bought three cartridges for it, but they are also really expensive and you never ever see them in the wild. It's really a good fun machine - totally rubbish obviously - but fun in failed tech way
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