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{{Infobox console
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|name = TV Boy
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|image = File:TVBoy.jpg
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|imagewidth = 250px
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|caption = Systema TV Boy.
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|date = 1995
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|manufacturer =
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|distributor = NICS (USA & Japan), Systema (UK), Akor (France)
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|system = Atari 2600
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|games =
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|developer =
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|id =
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|alt = ''TV Boy II''<br>''Super TV Boy''
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}}
 
The '''TV Boy''' and its successors '''TV Boy II''' and '''Super TV Boy''' are unlicensed handheld Atari 2600 clones, distributed by many different companies. They were widely available across Europe, particularly in the UK where they were available through [[Wikipedia:Argos (retailer)|Argos]]. An improved version of the TV Boy II, called the Super TV Boy, was made by Akor in 1995.
   
 
Users can play any one of 127 built-in games. In the UK, they were marketed with "126 games included"; the Super TV Boy has "127 games included" printed on the packing box.
   
 
== Hardware ==
The '''TV Boy''' and its successors '''TV Boy 2''' and '''Super TV Boy''' are 1990s video game consoles produced by many different companies, including Systema, Akor, and NICS, based upon an unlicensed clone of Atari 2600 hardware. They were widely available across Europe. In the UK they were most visibly available through [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argos_(retailer) Argos]. An improved version of the TV Boy 2, the Super TV Boy, was made by Akor in 1995.
 
 
Resembling a large handheld pad, the systems plug into a TV and operate on either four AA batteries or a 6v power supply. The only difference between a TV Boy and TV Boy II is that the former has two 9-pin, Atari-type joystick connectors for the optional use of external joysticks. The TV Boy II has no capacity for external joysticks, so only a single player may play using a built-in pad. Any 2 player only games would have both players respond to the same controls. The system has a jumper labeled NTSC/PAL on its motherboard. There is no cartridge slot for additional games.
   
 
== Games ==
Users can play any one of 127 built-in games. In the UK, they were marketed with "126 games included"; the Super TV Boy has "127 games included" printed on the packing box.
 
 
The system contains a single 512kB ROM housing 128 programs. One is the menu that enables the others to be selected, so only 127 games are included; none of them use any sort of paged ROM scheme.
==Hardware==
 
Resembling a large handheld pad, the systems plug into a TV and operate on either four AA batteries or a 6v power supply. The only difference between a TV Boy and TV Boy 2 is that the former has two 9-pin, Atari-type joystick connectors for the optional use of external joysticks. The TV Boy 2 has no capacity for external joysticks, so only a single player may play using a built-in pad. The system has a jumper labeled NTSC/PAL on its motherboard. There is no cartridge slot for additional games.
 
==Games==
 
The system contains a single 512kB ROM housing 128 programs. One is the program that enables the others to be selected, so only 127 games are included; none of them use any sort of paged ROM scheme.
 
   
All 127 are original [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atari_2600 Atari 2600] games by companies such as [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atari Atari], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Activision Activision], and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mattel Mattel], hacked to remove copyright notices and other assets demonstrating ownership. The colored bars to the left of the ''A'' in the Activision logo remain in some games but the company name is excised. False and ambiguous names — such as ''Mad Kong'' (''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donkey_Kong_(video_game) Donkey Kong]'') and ''The Flying Man'' (''Superman'') — are printed on the packing box and in the instruction manual.
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All 127 are original [[Wikipedia:Atari 2600|Atari 2600]] games by companies such as [[Wikipedia:Atari|Atari]], [[Wikipedia:Activision|Activision]], and [[Wikipedia:Mattel|Mattel]], hacked to remove copyright notices and other assets demonstrating ownership. The colored bars to the left of the ''A'' in the Activision logo remain in some games but the company name is excised. False and ambiguous names — such as ''Mad Kong'' ([[Donkey Kong#Donkey Kong|''Donkey Kong'']]) and ''The Flying Man'' (''Superman'') — are printed on the packing box and in the instruction manual.
   
For the UK versions, one game originally included with the TV Boy was removed from the TV Boy 2: game #91: ''Protection'' (''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defender_(arcade_game) Defender]''). No replacement game takes its place (it was left non-operational) making the TV Boy 2 a 126-game handheld console. This space was filled in the Super TV Boy with ''Winter Adventure'' (''Mountain Man''). Also, three games were exchanged in the UK: ''Maze Town'' (''Maze Craze'') with ''Full Attack'', ''Football'' (''Pele's Soccer'') with ''Besieged'' (''Z-Tack''), and ''Duel'' (''Outlaw'') with ''Laser Attack'' (''Laser Blast'').
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In the UK, one game originally included with the TV Boy was removed from some models of the TV Boy II: game #91: ''Protection'' ([[Wikipedia:Defender (1981 video game)|''Defender'']]). No replacement game takes its place (it was left non-operational) making the TV Boy 2 a 126-game handheld console. This space was filled in the Super TV Boy with ''Winter Adventure'' (''Mountain Man''). Also, three games were exchanged in the UK: ''Maze Town'' (''Maze Craze'') with ''Full Attack'', ''Football'' (''Pele's Soccer'') with ''Besieged'' (''Z-Tack''), and ''Duel'' (''Outlaw'') with ''Laser Attack'' (''Laser Blast'').
   
Some of the games slightly alter the graphics of the originals. All play with altered colors — for example, ''Pitfall!'' (retitled as ''The Jungle'') is set in a blue forest — because the game ROMs are NTSC versions played on a PAL console.
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Some of the games slightly alter the graphics of the originals. Many games use the wrong color palette — for example, ''Pitfall!'' (retitled as ''The Jungle'') is set in a blue forest — these game ROMs are the NTSC versions played on a PAL console.
   
 
===List of included games===
 
===List of included games===
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#Desert Strike - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chopper_Command Chopper Command] ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Activision Activision]) - 1982 (001)
''Note that only a few of the games are here. The rest can found on wikipeidia.''
 
*Desert Strike - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chopper_Command Chopper Command] (Activision) - 1982 (001)
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#River Raid - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/River_Raid River Raid] (Activision) - 1982 (002)
*Space 2010 - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demon_Attack Demon Attack] (Imagic) - 1982 (007)
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#Pacmania (1) - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pac-Man_%28Atari_2600%29 Pac-Man] ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atari Atari]) - 1981 (003)
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#'''Wolf Fight''' - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pooyan Pooyan] ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konami Konami]) - 1983 (004)
*'''Submarine''' - Submarine (Unknown) - a clone of Fox M*A*S*H (014)
 
*Forest Walk - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pitfall! Pitfall!] (Activision) - 1982 (019)
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#Star Force - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Earth_Dies_Screaming&action=edit&redlink=1 Earth Dies Screaming] (20th Century Fox) - 1983 (005)
*Mad Kong - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donkey_Kong_(video_game) Donkey Kong] (Coleco) - 1982 (025)
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#Asteroid - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Mission_3000&action=edit&redlink=1 Mission 3000] (Puzzy/[[Bit Corp.|Bit]]) - previously PAL only - 1983 (006)
*'''Bowling''' - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bowling_(video_game) Bowling] (Atari) - 1978 (036)
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#Space 2010 - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demon_Attack Demon Attack] (Imagic) - 1982 (007)
*Around The World - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobby_Is_Going_Home Bobby Is Going Home] (Puzzy/[[Bit Corp.]]) - previously PAL only - 1983 (044)
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#Invasion - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Invaders Space Invaders] (Atari) - Original release 1978 ported in 1980 (008)
*Car Race - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Prix_(video_game) Grand Prix] (Activision) - 1982 (067)
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#Motocross - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motocross Motocross] (Suntek) - Year unknown (009)
*'''Luke And The Monsters''' - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fast_Eddie Fast Eddie] (20th Century Fox) - graphics altered from original - 1982 (090)
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#The Frogs - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Frogs_%27N_Flies&action=edit&redlink=1 Frogs 'N Flies] (M Network) - 1982 (010)
*'''Protection''' - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defender_(arcade_game) Defender] (091)
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#Helicopter Squad - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Time_Warp_%28video_game%29&action=edit&redlink=1 Time Warp] (Funvision) - 1982 (011)
*'''Sky Destroyer''' - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missile_Command Missile Command] (Atari) - 1981 (109)
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#The Birds - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curtiss Curtiss] (Suntek) - Year unknown (012)
*'''Invader''' - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megamania Megamania] (Activision) - 1982 (127)
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#The Jungle - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Mr._Postman&action=edit&redlink=1 Mr. Postman] (Puzzy/Bit) - 1983 (013)
 
#'''Submarine''' - Katastrophen-Einsatz (Quelle) - the German version of Fox's M*A*S*H* (014)
{{wikipedia|TV_Boy}}
 
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#'''Pacmania (2)''' - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Jawbreaker_%28Atari_2600%29&action=edit&redlink=1 Jawbreaker] ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tigervision Tigervision]) - 1982 (015)
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#'''River Crossing''' - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frogger Frogger] ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parker_Brothers Parker Bros.]) - 1983 (016)
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#Tank Battle - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thunderground Thunderground] ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sega Sega]) - 1983 (017)
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#Fire! - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fire_Fighter Fire Fighter] (Imagic) - 1982 (018)
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#Forest Walk - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pitfall%21 Pitfall!] (Activision) - 1982 (019)
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#'''The Sharks''' - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seaquest Seaquest] (Activision) - 1983 (020)
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#Pin Ball - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Video_Pinball Video Pinball] (Atari) - 1980 (021)
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#Sea Hunter - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Sub_Scan&action=edit&redlink=1 Sub Scan] (Sega) - 1983 (022)
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#Dragon Treasure - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragonfire_%28video_game%29 Dragonfire] (Imagic) - 1982 (023)
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#'''The Dentist''' - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plaque_Attack Plaque Attack] (Activision) - 1983 (024)
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#Mad Kong - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donkey_Kong_%28video_game%29 Donkey Kong] (Coleco) - 1982 (025)
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#The Gardener - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gopher_%28video_game%29 Gopher] ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/US_Games US Games]) - does not appear on the TV Boy - 1982 (026)
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#'''Forest Battle''' - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Nuts_%28video_game%29&action=edit&redlink=1 Nuts] (Technovision) - previously PAL only - 1983 (027)
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#Space Conquest - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flash_Gordon Flash Gordon] (20th Century Fox) - 1983 (028)
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#F1 Race - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enduro_%28video_game%29 Enduro] (Atari) - 1983 (029)
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#'''Treasure''' - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Criminal_Pursuit&action=edit&redlink=1 Criminal Pursuit] (ZiMAG/Vidco/Emag) - Year unknown (030)
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#Symbols - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=I.Q._Memory_Teaser&action=edit&redlink=1 I.Q. Memory Teaser] (Suntek) - 1983 (031)
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#The Hen House - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Farmyard_Fun&action=edit&redlink=1 Farmyard Fun] (Suntek) - previously PAL only - Year unknown (032)
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#Rescue - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Zoo_Fun&action=edit&redlink=1 Zoo Fun] (Suntek) - 1983 (033)
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#'''Duck Pass''' - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Challenge_%28video_game%29&action=edit&redlink=1 Challenge] (Funvision) - 1980 (034)
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#Thief! - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keystone_Kapers Keystone Kapers] (Activision) - 1983 (035)
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#'''Bowling''' - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bowling_%28video_game%29 Bowling] (Atari) - 1978 (036)
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#'''Brick Wall''' - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circus_Atari Circus Atari] (Atari) - 1980 (037)
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#Rodeo - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stampede Stampede] (Activision) - 1981 (038)
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#Space Battle - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M.A.D. M.A.D.] (US Games) - 1982 (039)
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#Parachute - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parachute Parachute] (Suntek) - 1983 (040)
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#Monsters - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berzerk_%28video_game%29 Berzerk] (Atari) - 1982 (041)
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#'''Lost Ships''' - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Worm_War_I&action=edit&redlink=1 Worm War I] (Sirius-Fox) - 1982 (042)
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#The Maze - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dodge_%27Em Dodge 'Em] (Atari) - 1980 (043)
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#Around The World - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobby_Is_Going_Home Bobby Is Going Home] (Puzzy/Bit) - previously PAL only - 1983 (044)
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#The Ladder - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Master_Builder_%28Atari_2600%29&action=edit&redlink=1 Master Builder] (Spectravision) - 1983 (045)
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#Rambler - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Walker_%28A.K.A._Clown_Down_Town%29&action=edit&redlink=1 Walker (A.K.A. Clown Down Town)] (Suntek) - 1983 {046}
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#Space Defence - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=UFO_Patrol&action=edit&redlink=1 UFO Patrol] (Suntek) - 1983 (047)
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#Evil Fighter - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Immies_%26_Aggies&action=edit&redlink=1 Immies & Aggies] (ZiMAG/Vidco/Emag) - 1983 (048)
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#Flying saucers - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Great_Escape_%28video_game%29&action=edit&redlink=1 Great Escape] (Bomb) - 1983 (049)
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#'''Town Attack''' - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Z-Tack&action=edit&redlink=1 Z-Tack] (Bomb) - 1983 (050)
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#Fire Dragon - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Dragon_Defender&action=edit&redlink=1 Dragon Defender] (Suntek) - 1983 (051)
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#Chinese Plates - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Dancing_Plate&action=edit&redlink=1 Dancing Plate] (Puzzy/Bit) - 1983 (052)
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#River Crossing - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frostbite Frostbite] (Activision) - 1983 (053)
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#Base Defenses - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Commando_Raid&action=edit&redlink=1 Commando Raid] ([http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Vidtec&action=edit&redlink=1 Vidtec]) - 1982 (054)
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#Wolf! - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oink%21_%28video_game%29 Oink!] (Activision) - 1983 (055)
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#The Mouse - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Snail_Against_Squirrel&action=edit&redlink=1 Snail Against Squirrel] (Puzzy/Bit) - previously PAL only - 1983 (056)
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#Maze Town - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Maze_Craze&action=edit&redlink=1 Maze Craze] (Atari) - 1980 (057)
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#Ice Polo - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_Hockey_%281981_video_game%29 Ice Hockey] (Activision) - 1981 (058)
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#Tennis - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Tennis_%28Atari_2600_game%29&action=edit&redlink=1 Tennis] (Activision) - 1981 (059)
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#Sea War - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_Monster Sea Monster] (Puzzy/Bit) - 1982 (060)
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#'''Volley Ball''' - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Realsports_Volleyball&action=edit&redlink=1 Realsports Volleyball] (Atari) - 1982 (061)
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#Evil Attack - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Spider_Fighter&action=edit&redlink=1 Spider Fighter] (Activision) - 1983 (062)
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#Rocket - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Missile_Control&action=edit&redlink=1 Missile Control] ([http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Video_Gems&action=edit&redlink=1 Video Gems]) - previously PAL only - 1983 (063)
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#Besieged - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wall_Defender&action=edit&redlink=1 Wall Defender] (Bomb) - does not appear on the TV Boy - 1983 (064)
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#The Spider - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amidar Amidar] (Parker Bros.) - 1982 (065)
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#'''Fly In The Sky''' - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barnstorming Barnstorming] (Activision) - 1982 (066)
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#Car Race - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Prix_%28video_game%29 Grand Prix] (Activision) - 1982 (067)
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#The Flying Man - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Superman_%28Atari_2600%29&action=edit&redlink=1 Superman] (Atari) - 1979 (068)
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#'''Robot Attack''' - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Space_Robot&action=edit&redlink=1 Space Robot] (Dimax) - previously PAL only - 1983 (069)
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#Robot City - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lock_%27n%27_Chase Lock 'n' Chase] ([http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=M_Network&action=edit&redlink=1 M Network]) - 1982 (070)
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#The Ghosts - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venture_%28arcade_game%29 Venture] ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coleco Coleco]) - 1982 (071)
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#Space Ship - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmic_Ark Cosmic Ark] (Imagic) - 1982 (072)
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#'''Tank Action''' - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Strategy_X_%28video_game%29&action=edit&redlink=1 Strategy X] (Konami) - 1983 (073)
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#Laser Ship - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Cross_Force&action=edit&redlink=1 Cross Force] (Spectravision) - 1982 (074)
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#'''One Against all''' - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planet_Patrol Planet Patrol] (Spectravision) - 1982 (075)
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#Golf - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golf Golf] (Atari) - 1980 (076)
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#Robot Strike - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars:_The_Empire_Strikes_Back_%28Parker_Bros._game%29 Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back] (Parker Bros.) - 1982 (077)
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#Street Battle - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Cavern Dark Cavern] (M Network) - 1982 (078)
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#'''Tunnel''' - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pharaoh%27s_Curse Pharaoh's Curse] (TechnoVision) - 1983 (079)
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#Operation Thunderstorm - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Turmoil_%281982_video_game%29&action=edit&redlink=1 Turmoil] ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/20th_Century_Fox 20th Century Fox]) - 1982 (080)
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#Sky Squadron - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Tac-Scan&action=edit&redlink=1 Tac-Scan] (Sega) - 1983 (081)
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#Spiderman - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Spider_Man_%28Atari_2600_game%29&action=edit&redlink=1 Spider Man] (Parker Bros.) - 1982 (082)
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#Maze Craze - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bank_Heist Bank Heist] (20th Century Fox) - 1983 (083)
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#'''Earth 2010''' - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Cavern Space Cavern] (Apollo) - 1981 (084)
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#The Shield - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Spacemaster_X-7&action=edit&redlink=1 Spacemaster X-7] (20th Century Fox) - 1983 (085) (?)
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#Sea Warp - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantis_%28video_game%29 Atlantis] ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imagic Imagic]) - 1982 (086)
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#Holy Ghost - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Open,_Sesame%21&action=edit&redlink=1 Open, Sesame!] (Puzzy/Bit) - 1982 (087)
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#'''Funfair Rifle Range''' - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Carnival_%28video_game%29&action=edit&redlink=1 Carnival] (Coleco) - 1982 (088)
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#'''Laser Tank''' - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Threshold_%28video_game%29&action=edit&redlink=1 Threshold] (Tigervision) - 1982 (089)
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#'''Luke And The Monsters''' - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fast_Eddie Fast Eddie] (20th Century Fox) - graphics altered from original - 1982 (090)
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#'''Protection''' - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defender_%28arcade_game%29 Defender] (091) - Not included on UK release
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#Tic-Tac-Toe - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=3D_Tic_Tac_Toe&action=edit&redlink=1 3D Tic Tac Toe] (Atari) - 1980 (092)
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#UFO Ship - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assault_%28video_game%29 Assault] (Bomb) - 1983 (093)
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#Birds Of Prey - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Condor_Attack&action=edit&redlink=1 Condor Attack] (Ultravision) - 1982 (094)
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#Deep-Sea Fishing - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Name_This_Game_%28A.K.A._Octopus%29&action=edit&redlink=1 Name This Game (A.K.A. Octopus)] (US Games) - 1982 (095)
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#'''Spider King''' - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Pac-Kong&action=edit&redlink=1 Pac-Kong] (Funvision) - previously PAL only (096)
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#'''The Crabs''' - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Crackpots_%28video_game%29&action=edit&redlink=1 Crackpots] (Activision) - 1983 (097)
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#'''Billiard''' - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trick_Shot Trick Shot] (Imagic) - 1982 (098)
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#Moon Driver - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Gas_Hog&action=edit&redlink=1 Gas Hog] ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spectravideo Spectravision]) - 1983 (099)
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#Tank Battle in The Streets - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Phantom_Tank&action=edit&redlink=1 Phantom Tank] (Puzzy/Bit) - 1982 (100)
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#'''Squash''' - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racquetball Racquetball] ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo Apollo]) - 1981 (101)
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#'''Tunnel Battle''' - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Laser_Gates&action=edit&redlink=1 Laser Gates] (Imagic) - 1983 (102)
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#Space Exploration - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Cosmic_Creeps&action=edit&redlink=1 Cosmic Creeps] (Telesys) - 1982 (103)
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#'''King Building''' - Robin Hood or [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Save_Our_Ship&action=edit&redlink=1 Save Our Ship] (Technovision) - Previously PAL only - 1983 (104)
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#Galaxy 2 - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Challenge_of_NEXAR&action=edit&redlink=1 Challenge of NEXAR] (Spectravision) - 1982 (105)
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#Tom's Adventure - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Panda_Chase&action=edit&redlink=1 Panda Chase] (Home Vision) - 1983 (106)
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#'''Moto Kid''' - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mega_Force Mega Force] (20th Century Fox) - 1982 (107)
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#Karate - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karate_%28Atari_2600%29 Karate] (Ultravision) - 1982 (108)
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#'''Sky Destroyer''' - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missile_Command Missile Command] (Atari) - 1981 (109)
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#Fighter Pilot - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_Raiders Air Raiders] (M Network) - 1982 (110)
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#Pacific War - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Sea_Hawk_%28Atari_2600%29&action=edit&redlink=1 Seahawk] (Sancho / Tang's Electronic Co.) - 1982 (111)
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#Robot Alert! - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Hey%21_Stop%21&action=edit&redlink=1 Hey! Stop!] (Suntek) (112)
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#'''The Vulture''' - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Tuby_Bird&action=edit&redlink=1 Tuby Bird] (Suntek) (113)
  +
#Submarine Fishing - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Bi%21_Bi%21&action=edit&redlink=1 Bi! Bi!] (Rainbow Vision) (114)
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#'''River Fishing''' - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fishing_Derby Fishing Derby] (Activision) - 1980 (115)
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#Traffic - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freeway_%28video_game%29 Freeway (video game)] (Activision) - 1981 (116)
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#UFO Attack - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Space_Jockey_%28video_game%29&action=edit&redlink=1 Space Jockey] (Vidtec) - 1982 (117)
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#Game Of Draughts - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Checkers Checkers] (Activision) - 1980 (118)
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#'''Duel''' - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outlaw Outlaw] (Atari) - 1978 (119)
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#Ottello - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Othello Othello] (Atari) - 1980 (120)
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#Sideral attack - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Cosmic_Swarm&action=edit&redlink=1 Cosmic Swarm] (CommaVid) - 1982 (121)
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#Ski - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skiing Skiing] (Activision) - 1980 (122)
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#Invaders - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Astro_War&action=edit&redlink=1 Astro War] ([http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Dimax&action=edit&redlink=1 Dimax]) - previously PAL only - Year unknown (123)
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#'''The Trap''' - [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Gangster_Alley&action=edit&redlink=1 Gangster Alley] (Spectravision) - 1982 (124)
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#'''Elevator''' - Infiltrate (Apollo) - 1981 (125)
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#'''Hamburger''' - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fast_Food_%28video_game%29 Fast Food] ([http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Telesys&action=edit&redlink=1 Telesys]) - 1982 (126)
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#'''Invader''' - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megamania Megamania] (Activision) - 1982 (127)
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Latest revision as of 01:34, 2 February 2021

TV Boy
TVBoy.jpg
Systema TV Boy.
Release date 1995
Distributor(s) NICS (USA & Japan), Systema (UK), Akor (France)
System Atari 2600
Alternate name(s) TV Boy II
Super TV Boy

The TV Boy and its successors TV Boy II and Super TV Boy are unlicensed handheld Atari 2600 clones, distributed by many different companies. They were widely available across Europe, particularly in the UK where they were available through Argos. An improved version of the TV Boy II, called the Super TV Boy, was made by Akor in 1995.

Users can play any one of 127 built-in games. In the UK, they were marketed with "126 games included"; the Super TV Boy has "127 games included" printed on the packing box.

Hardware[]

Resembling a large handheld pad, the systems plug into a TV and operate on either four AA batteries or a 6v power supply. The only difference between a TV Boy and TV Boy II is that the former has two 9-pin, Atari-type joystick connectors for the optional use of external joysticks. The TV Boy II has no capacity for external joysticks, so only a single player may play using a built-in pad. Any 2 player only games would have both players respond to the same controls. The system has a jumper labeled NTSC/PAL on its motherboard. There is no cartridge slot for additional games.

Games[]

The system contains a single 512kB ROM housing 128 programs. One is the menu that enables the others to be selected, so only 127 games are included; none of them use any sort of paged ROM scheme.

All 127 are original Atari 2600 games by companies such as Atari, Activision, and Mattel, hacked to remove copyright notices and other assets demonstrating ownership. The colored bars to the left of the A in the Activision logo remain in some games but the company name is excised. False and ambiguous names — such as Mad Kong (Donkey Kong) and The Flying Man (Superman) — are printed on the packing box and in the instruction manual.

In the UK, one game originally included with the TV Boy was removed from some models of the TV Boy II: game #91: Protection (Defender). No replacement game takes its place (it was left non-operational) making the TV Boy 2 a 126-game handheld console. This space was filled in the Super TV Boy with Winter Adventure (Mountain Man). Also, three games were exchanged in the UK: Maze Town (Maze Craze) with Full Attack, Football (Pele's Soccer) with Besieged (Z-Tack), and Duel (Outlaw) with Laser Attack (Laser Blast).

Some of the games slightly alter the graphics of the originals. Many games use the wrong color palette — for example, Pitfall! (retitled as The Jungle) is set in a blue forest — these game ROMs are the NTSC versions played on a PAL console.

List of included games[]

  1. Desert Strike - Chopper Command (Activision) - 1982 (001)
  2. River Raid - River Raid (Activision) - 1982 (002)
  3. Pacmania (1) - Pac-Man (Atari) - 1981 (003)
  4. Wolf Fight - Pooyan (Konami) - 1983 (004)
  5. Star Force - Earth Dies Screaming (20th Century Fox) - 1983 (005)
  6. Asteroid - Mission 3000 (Puzzy/Bit) - previously PAL only - 1983 (006)
  7. Space 2010 - Demon Attack (Imagic) - 1982 (007)
  8. Invasion - Space Invaders (Atari) - Original release 1978 ported in 1980 (008)
  9. Motocross - Motocross (Suntek) - Year unknown (009)
  10. The Frogs - Frogs 'N Flies (M Network) - 1982 (010)
  11. Helicopter Squad - Time Warp (Funvision) - 1982 (011)
  12. The Birds - Curtiss (Suntek) - Year unknown (012)
  13. The Jungle - Mr. Postman (Puzzy/Bit) - 1983 (013)
  14. Submarine - Katastrophen-Einsatz (Quelle) - the German version of Fox's M*A*S*H* (014)
  15. Pacmania (2) - Jawbreaker (Tigervision) - 1982 (015)
  16. River Crossing - Frogger (Parker Bros.) - 1983 (016)
  17. Tank Battle - Thunderground (Sega) - 1983 (017)
  18. Fire! - Fire Fighter (Imagic) - 1982 (018)
  19. Forest Walk - Pitfall! (Activision) - 1982 (019)
  20. The Sharks - Seaquest (Activision) - 1983 (020)
  21. Pin Ball - Video Pinball (Atari) - 1980 (021)
  22. Sea Hunter - Sub Scan (Sega) - 1983 (022)
  23. Dragon Treasure - Dragonfire (Imagic) - 1982 (023)
  24. The Dentist - Plaque Attack (Activision) - 1983 (024)
  25. Mad Kong - Donkey Kong (Coleco) - 1982 (025)
  26. The Gardener - Gopher (US Games) - does not appear on the TV Boy - 1982 (026)
  27. Forest Battle - Nuts (Technovision) - previously PAL only - 1983 (027)
  28. Space Conquest - Flash Gordon (20th Century Fox) - 1983 (028)
  29. F1 Race - Enduro (Atari) - 1983 (029)
  30. Treasure - Criminal Pursuit (ZiMAG/Vidco/Emag) - Year unknown (030)
  31. Symbols - I.Q. Memory Teaser (Suntek) - 1983 (031)
  32. The Hen House - Farmyard Fun (Suntek) - previously PAL only - Year unknown (032)
  33. Rescue - Zoo Fun (Suntek) - 1983 (033)
  34. Duck Pass - Challenge (Funvision) - 1980 (034)
  35. Thief! - Keystone Kapers (Activision) - 1983 (035)
  36. Bowling - Bowling (Atari) - 1978 (036)
  37. Brick Wall - Circus Atari (Atari) - 1980 (037)
  38. Rodeo - Stampede (Activision) - 1981 (038)
  39. Space Battle - M.A.D. (US Games) - 1982 (039)
  40. Parachute - Parachute (Suntek) - 1983 (040)
  41. Monsters - Berzerk (Atari) - 1982 (041)
  42. Lost Ships - Worm War I (Sirius-Fox) - 1982 (042)
  43. The Maze - Dodge 'Em (Atari) - 1980 (043)
  44. Around The World - Bobby Is Going Home (Puzzy/Bit) - previously PAL only - 1983 (044)
  45. The Ladder - Master Builder (Spectravision) - 1983 (045)
  46. Rambler - Walker (A.K.A. Clown Down Town) (Suntek) - 1983 {046}
  47. Space Defence - UFO Patrol (Suntek) - 1983 (047)
  48. Evil Fighter - Immies & Aggies (ZiMAG/Vidco/Emag) - 1983 (048)
  49. Flying saucers - Great Escape (Bomb) - 1983 (049)
  50. Town Attack - Z-Tack (Bomb) - 1983 (050)
  51. Fire Dragon - Dragon Defender (Suntek) - 1983 (051)
  52. Chinese Plates - Dancing Plate (Puzzy/Bit) - 1983 (052)
  53. River Crossing - Frostbite (Activision) - 1983 (053)
  54. Base Defenses - Commando Raid (Vidtec) - 1982 (054)
  55. Wolf! - Oink! (Activision) - 1983 (055)
  56. The Mouse - Snail Against Squirrel (Puzzy/Bit) - previously PAL only - 1983 (056)
  57. Maze Town - Maze Craze (Atari) - 1980 (057)
  58. Ice Polo - Ice Hockey (Activision) - 1981 (058)
  59. Tennis - Tennis (Activision) - 1981 (059)
  60. Sea War - Sea Monster (Puzzy/Bit) - 1982 (060)
  61. Volley Ball - Realsports Volleyball (Atari) - 1982 (061)
  62. Evil Attack - Spider Fighter (Activision) - 1983 (062)
  63. Rocket - Missile Control (Video Gems) - previously PAL only - 1983 (063)
  64. Besieged - Wall Defender (Bomb) - does not appear on the TV Boy - 1983 (064)
  65. The Spider - Amidar (Parker Bros.) - 1982 (065)
  66. Fly In The Sky - Barnstorming (Activision) - 1982 (066)
  67. Car Race - Grand Prix (Activision) - 1982 (067)
  68. The Flying Man - Superman (Atari) - 1979 (068)
  69. Robot Attack - Space Robot (Dimax) - previously PAL only - 1983 (069)
  70. Robot City - Lock 'n' Chase (M Network) - 1982 (070)
  71. The Ghosts - Venture (Coleco) - 1982 (071)
  72. Space Ship - Cosmic Ark (Imagic) - 1982 (072)
  73. Tank Action - Strategy X (Konami) - 1983 (073)
  74. Laser Ship - Cross Force (Spectravision) - 1982 (074)
  75. One Against all - Planet Patrol (Spectravision) - 1982 (075)
  76. Golf - Golf (Atari) - 1980 (076)
  77. Robot Strike - Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (Parker Bros.) - 1982 (077)
  78. Street Battle - Dark Cavern (M Network) - 1982 (078)
  79. Tunnel - Pharaoh's Curse (TechnoVision) - 1983 (079)
  80. Operation Thunderstorm - Turmoil (20th Century Fox) - 1982 (080)
  81. Sky Squadron - Tac-Scan (Sega) - 1983 (081)
  82. Spiderman - Spider Man (Parker Bros.) - 1982 (082)
  83. Maze Craze - Bank Heist (20th Century Fox) - 1983 (083)
  84. Earth 2010 - Space Cavern (Apollo) - 1981 (084)
  85. The Shield - Spacemaster X-7 (20th Century Fox) - 1983 (085) (?)
  86. Sea Warp - Atlantis (Imagic) - 1982 (086)
  87. Holy Ghost - Open, Sesame! (Puzzy/Bit) - 1982 (087)
  88. Funfair Rifle Range - Carnival (Coleco) - 1982 (088)
  89. Laser Tank - Threshold (Tigervision) - 1982 (089)
  90. Luke And The Monsters - Fast Eddie (20th Century Fox) - graphics altered from original - 1982 (090)
  91. Protection - Defender (091) - Not included on UK release
  92. Tic-Tac-Toe - 3D Tic Tac Toe (Atari) - 1980 (092)
  93. UFO Ship - Assault (Bomb) - 1983 (093)
  94. Birds Of Prey - Condor Attack (Ultravision) - 1982 (094)
  95. Deep-Sea Fishing - Name This Game (A.K.A. Octopus) (US Games) - 1982 (095)
  96. Spider King - Pac-Kong (Funvision) - previously PAL only (096)
  97. The Crabs - Crackpots (Activision) - 1983 (097)
  98. Billiard - Trick Shot (Imagic) - 1982 (098)
  99. Moon Driver - Gas Hog (Spectravision) - 1983 (099)
  100. Tank Battle in The Streets - Phantom Tank (Puzzy/Bit) - 1982 (100)
  101. Squash - Racquetball (Apollo) - 1981 (101)
  102. Tunnel Battle - Laser Gates (Imagic) - 1983 (102)
  103. Space Exploration - Cosmic Creeps (Telesys) - 1982 (103)
  104. King Building - Robin Hood or Save Our Ship (Technovision) - Previously PAL only - 1983 (104)
  105. Galaxy 2 - Challenge of NEXAR (Spectravision) - 1982 (105)
  106. Tom's Adventure - Panda Chase (Home Vision) - 1983 (106)
  107. Moto Kid - Mega Force (20th Century Fox) - 1982 (107)
  108. Karate - Karate (Ultravision) - 1982 (108)
  109. Sky Destroyer - Missile Command (Atari) - 1981 (109)
  110. Fighter Pilot - Air Raiders (M Network) - 1982 (110)
  111. Pacific War - Seahawk (Sancho / Tang's Electronic Co.) - 1982 (111)
  112. Robot Alert! - Hey! Stop! (Suntek) (112)
  113. The Vulture - Tuby Bird (Suntek) (113)
  114. Submarine Fishing - Bi! Bi! (Rainbow Vision) (114)
  115. River Fishing - Fishing Derby (Activision) - 1980 (115)
  116. Traffic - Freeway (video game) (Activision) - 1981 (116)
  117. UFO Attack - Space Jockey (Vidtec) - 1982 (117)
  118. Game Of Draughts - Checkers (Activision) - 1980 (118)
  119. Duel - Outlaw (Atari) - 1978 (119)
  120. Ottello - Othello (Atari) - 1980 (120)
  121. Sideral attack - Cosmic Swarm (CommaVid) - 1982 (121)
  122. Ski - Skiing (Activision) - 1980 (122)
  123. Invaders - Astro War (Dimax) - previously PAL only - Year unknown (123)
  124. The Trap - Gangster Alley (Spectravision) - 1982 (124)
  125. Elevator - Infiltrate (Apollo) - 1981 (125)
  126. Hamburger - Fast Food (Telesys) - 1982 (126)
  127. Invader - Megamania (Activision) - 1982 (127)
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