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Odyssey At a Glance
Have You Ever Played It?
Have you ever played the Magnavox Odessey?
Odyssey Classics: The first ever home video game console
Originally the first ever home video game system came out with 12 (twelve) released games. Eventually, 12 (twelve) more were released from 1972-1974. It was thought up by Mr. Ralph Baer, in August of 1966. The game console came with dice, packaged money and other things to go along with different games. The console is black, brown and white in color. It has two controllers that are attached by wires. This game console had the first ever video game light gun. This was such a break through and made the way for all other video game systems one other interesting fact is that players would have no sound. Players have to put a plastic overlay on the screen to create visuals for each game.
Their fate was doomed by Atari though and Atari eventually took over the world of video games. They just couldn't compete. This only lasted until the emergence of Nintendo and then later Sega.
1. Haunted House- This game features your character in a cart rolling side to side to avoid the ghosts that came near you. The game has 30 (thirty) clue cards and it also has secret cards. Bonus levels are awarded for fastest time navigating through the mansion. The game has spooky sounds and creepy music playing while your in the scary house. I have borrowed this game from a friend as a child. I liked it so much, that I got her to get me the same game for my birthday.
2. Shooting Gallery- Your character shoots a rifle at ducks and at targets with a bulls eye. It lets you aim up, down, left and right and has one fire button. The game is pretty entertaining even though the graphics are subpar. The sounds on the other hand are good for the game and they go well with it. The ducks go faster as you advance through the 8 (eight) stages of the game. This game is super cute and really fun for kids of all ages.
3. Cat and Mouse- You play as the mouse trying to avoid the cat by moving side to side and hiding. The cat claws and scratches at you as you move around. You also have to watch out for mouse traps especially the big ones which kill you. The cat gets faster as the game moves forward and the fame is set on a time limit.
4. Dogfight- In dogfight you shoot at enemies in rapid fire shots. It takes place in the woods. You can hide behind trees and bushes during battle with the guns. The enemies can kill you, if they hit you, with one shot so you have to be very careful. It's an easy game as long as you take cover occasionally a pay attention to enemy movements.
5. Invasion- Aliens have landed on earth and you must shoot them down and end their attacks on earth. It is played on a board game type of platform and it features a ship and two treasures. The graphics, although plain looking now, were very advanced for their time and so for that matter was the sound effects. I am surprikx
6. Table Tennis- Hit the ball back and forth, very similar to Pong. It was the first ever game made for the Odyssey. It has had many reboots since it's release but the first one is always the best. It is a one or two player ping pong game. Its very simple with horrible graphics but it's an addicting video game nonetheless.
7. Roulette- Play roulette with fake money, casino gaming chips and it is played on a colorful roulette board. The game has geat sound effects and music especially for the time when it was produced. This was the first casino style game to ever be released for a home video game system.
8. Prehistoric Safari- Watch dinosaurs and move out of the way of the T Rex. This game features side to side and up and down running to avoid disaster. The dinosaurs in this game bite your character unless you duck, jump or dodge their bites. They have several types of dinosaurs in this game and facts about each one appear on the screen during game play. This video game actually had excellent graphics for it's era.
9. Brain Wave- In Brain Wave you must shoot down the invaders and dodge the incoming. Use dice to decide the next move. Watch out for falling air craft because it can kill you, just as quick as the gun fire can. This game forces you to think and of course, take a chance.
10. Handball- Move the ball left or right then toss it. The ball goes back and forth as you sling it. You have to be alert at all times in order to win at this game. Although the graphics aren't great the fun factor based on the game play is remarkable.
* If you have ever owned a Magnavox Odyssey please let me know what your favorite video game is and why by sharing your comments in the box located at the bottom of this article. The Odyssey competed, for a short period of time, with the Atari for video game superiority.
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