Back in 1981, Coleco released a series of mini arcade games, each housed in a mini arcade cabinet. There was Pacman, Donkey Kong, Ms Pacman, Galaxians and Frogger. Well, I’ve managed to accrue Donkey Kong, Galaxians and Pacman.
The game play on these little (for the time) machines isn’t much to write home about. They were fun but simple. Galaxians is probably the best playing of the three that I have. Fast paced and noisy is thye best way to describe the dynamics of Galaxian game play.
These little machines have become more popular over the years with classic video game collectors, which has driven up their prices on sites like Ebay. Lucky for me, I’ve managed to find my games at garage sales, flea markets and through relatives (my uncle had Galaxians laying around the house! Thanks Andre!!!)
Coleco wasn’t the only company to put out game systems in little arcade cabinet form, but they were the only ones that I saw at the time.. Over the lat couple of years, I’ve noticed a resurgence in the mini arcade form factor. I picked up a Space Invaders at a Spencer’s Gift store last year, and I’ve seen a Frogger at “The Source” (formerly Radio Shack). I would love it if these Coleco machines were re-released, like the Mattel Electronic Quarterback and Merlin were a few years ago.
Just thought I would share these with you…and if you know where I can get a Ms Pacman or Frogger to complete my collection (for a reasonable price), please let me know!!!
While writing this, I was listening to “Creature With the Atom Brain” by Roky Erickson & the Aliens