Coleco Telstar Arcade

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This extraordinary looking console is an early video game console that three distinct control methods on each of it's three sides

There are pong controls on one side, a gun and holster on another, then driving controls on the third side. depending on which game the player has chosen, they turn the console to face the controls that are needed.

The triangular cartridges were inserted on the top of the console, allowing the player to vary what game could be played, there were four cartridges in all. Number one came with the machine. The cart contained the CPU for the game.

The games were as follows

  • Cartridge 1: Road Race (1 player), Tennis ; 2-4 players) and Quickdraw (chip MPS 7600-002; 1-2 players)
  • Cartridge 2: Hockey (2-4 players), Tennis (2-4 players), Handball (1-2 players) and Target (chip MPS 7600-001; 1 player)
  • Cartridge 3: Bonus Pinball (1-2 players), Shooting Gallery (1 player), Shoot the Bear (1 player) and Deluxe Pinball (chip MPS 7600-004; 1-2 players)
  • Cartridge 4: Naval Battle (1 player), Blast Away (1 player) and Speedball (chip MPS 7600-003; 1 player)

The console was part of a large range of Telstar consoles, most were pong variants for different markets, then more sophisticated machines such as this one, and the Coleco Telstar Combat, that had four joysticks and was mainly a tank game.


Manufacturer: Coleco
Date: 1977

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This exhibit has a reference ID of CH68446. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.

Coleco Telstar Arcade

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