These are old ("vintage") electronic games.
|Handheld game somewhat similar to Galaxian or Galaga.|
Handheld game somewhat similar to DigDug.
It's missing the battery cover and instructions, but it works!
A handheld motorized driving game.
I have two of these, but one is missing the battery cover.
Hunt-the-submarine game. Uses LED display to guide the player.
The following exerpt is taken from Electronic Games: Design,
Programming & Troubleshooting, McGraw-Hill, 1979:
Technical Description Code Name: Sector contains a single integrated circuit. This is a custom-make IC which Texas Instruments has designed specifically for Parker Brothers. Based on the TI family of TMS-1000 microprocessors, this IC includes a RAM which can store 64 four-bit words and a ROM which stores 1000 eight-bit words. Also included in the iC are all of the LED drivers. Eleven controls can be reached by pressing a small, recessed button with a ball-point pen. One control adds complexity to the regular program of evasive tactics of the hidden submarine. The other displays the submarine's location and heading.
Click on the image below for an advertisement that ran in Popular Science magazine in the late 1970s.
From Consumer Reports magazine, November 1980:
In Code Name: Sector, your mission, should you choose to accept it, is again to seek and destroy a submarine. Unpack this tabletop game and you're faced with a multicolored playing area about one foot square that looks like a topographic map of a piece of ocean floor, complete with grid lines. A control panel consisting of compass rosette, illuminated display, and various push buttons rises at one end of the playing area.
From Time magazine, December 26, 1977:
A couple of years ago an extraordinary little group managed to get a shoe in Parker Brother's door: a Cambridge astronomer named Robert Doyle, his wife Holly, an astrophysicist who taught at Harvard, and her brother Wendl Thomis, a New York computer software expert. They had given themselves a name, MicroCosmos, like a rock group, and what was more interesting, they had an idea: the use of computers in games. Invited back, they brought a working model of the gadget that became Code Name: Sector. Doyle wants to make a million dollars so he can afford to write books on astronomy and invent on the side.
|Dive for sunken treasure.|
|Board game from Texas Instruments.|
Waco, circa 1972.
This may be the oldest all-electronic handheld game.
|A re-branded Coleco.|
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