Thrifting: Found a Teasure Chest of Odyssey 2

While out thrifting last weekend, I came across nothing less than a treasure chest full of Magnavox Odyssey 2 stuff.  It ended up being a system and 31 games.  That makes up a pretty large percentage of the games produces for the Odyssey 2!  Naturally, it was something that I couldn’t resist, and I’ve photographed it for your viewing pleasure.

In case you’re unfamiliar with the Odyssey 2 (or Magnavox Odyssey²), the system was released here in the United States in 1978.  Magnavox was breaking ground in the video game world in the 70s.  In May 1972, they released the original Magnavox Odyssey as the first home video game console.  That’s several years before the infamous Pong home console was released into American homes.  Magnavox followed the original Odyssey with the production of the Odyssey 200 in 1975.

Not only did Magnavox made the leap of adding cartridges to their Odyssey², but they created several games that blended video game and board game:  Quest for the Rings!, Conquest of the World, and The Great Wall Street Fortune Hunt.  The sheer presentation and quality of these games is simply unmatched in current video game production.  Add to that the fact that Odyssey² has groundbreaking audio and speech capabilities, and these were attractive games for their time.

As great as the Odyssey² may have been, Magnavox was competing on a flooded playing field.  The Atari 2600 and Intellivision were two of the biggest competitors, and both boasted better graphics.  While the Odyssey² enjoyed some popularity and sold over a million systems, their lack of strong 3rd party developers and being a less graphically impressive system meant a challenging existence for the Odyssey².

Space is a limit right now, and I can’t say that this is something that I’m planning on collecting.  So you’ll probably see the lot appear up on eBay this weekend.  If you’ve ever thought about collecting Odyssey 2 stuff, here’s a fantastic start (See below for a list of games).

Of note is the fact that the system has silver controllers rather than the usual black ones.  Anyone know about this color variant?  (Update:  Silver controllers are an indication that the system was part of an early production run before they controllers were switched to a black colored model.)

Games Found:

  1. Alien Invaders-Plus!
  2. Alpine Skiing!
  3. Baseball
  4. Blockout!/Breakdown!
  5. Bowling/Basketball
  6. Casino Slot Machine
  7. Computer Golf
  8. Computer Intro!
  9. Conquest of the World
  10. Cosmic Conflict!
  11. Dynasty
  12. Electronic Table Soccer
  13. Football
  14. Hockey!/Soccer!
  15. Invaders from Hyperspace
  16. K.C. Munchkin!
  17. Las Vegas Blackjack
  18. Matchmaker/Buzzword/Logix
  19. Math-a-Magic!/Echo!
  20. Out of This World!/Helicopter Rescue!
  21. Pachinko!
  22. Pocket Billiards
  23. Quest for the Rings
  24. Showdown in 2100 A.D.!
  25. Speedway! / Spinout! / Crypto-Logic!
  26. SubChase!/Armored Encounter!
  27. Take the Money and Run
  28. Thunderball!
  29. UFO!
  30. Volleyball
  31. War of Nerves!