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Universum was the label of the German mailorder company Quelle which released several Pong machines.

VariantsEdit

Universum  TV Spiel 1004Edit

This is a bit rarer than the other Universum Pong systems.

  •  Enterprex Apollo 2001 TV Game (manufactured in the USA and released in 1977. It uses the AY-3-8500 pong chip and has 4 built-in games)


Universum TV Multispiel
Universum TV Multispiel
Manufacturer Universum
Generation First Generation
Release date 1977 (Germany)

Universum TV MultispielEdit

Handheld Pong console where everything is contained in one handheld controller and a second detachable paddle. Hardware-wise is the same system based on the "pong on a chip" AY-3-8500 as the following consoles just in a different more compact case design.

  • RadioShack TV Scoreboard
  • Tandy Electronic Scoreboard
  • Hanimex 666 / 677 (model 677 is the same system with two shooting games)

The main unit houses the game selector, speaker, and controllers for one player - the other rotary controller can split from the main body which is also where the gun plugs in. The controller for the left player can be detached from the console and is wired to the rest of the machine with a very long cable. You can choose between the games Tennis, Soccer, Squash and Pelota, but in fact all these games are just Pong games with slight modifications (Although Pelota is a one-player game). If you do not select any game with the selector you can play the 5th hidden "Handicap" game, a soccer variant where one player has 3 Bats and the second has only 2.

The Universum TV Multispiel was connected directly to the antenna input of the TV and the signal can be set to use channel 3 or 4. The console uses 6xAA batteries but it can use a Universum L-713/319 9V AC/DC Adaptor which is NOT included.

Universum TV Multispiel 2004Edit

Universum TV Multispiel 2004


Another Pong by Universum, released in 1977.


Universum TV Multispiel 2006
Universum TV Multispiel 2006
Release date 1978

Universum TV Multispiel 2006Edit

This is the follower of model 2004, released in 1978, uses the same AY-3-8500 chip and offers two more games. Compared with it's predecessor it has sliders instead of dials. It is quite common and was also sold by Hanimex (model 7771).

CPUAY-3-8500
BUTTONS -
SWITCHES -
BUILT IN GAMES -
CONTROLLERS -
SCORE -
COLOR / B&W -
SOUND -
SIZE / WEIGHT -
I/O PORTSRF TV video output
POWER SUPPLYExternal power supply 9V or 6x1.5v "C"(R12) batteries

Universum 4004 Color Multi-SpielEdit

This is the follower of model 2006 and offers games in color instead of black & white. Released in 1977, uses the AY-3-8500.

Universum 4006 Color Multi-SpielEdit

This is the follower of model 2006 and offers games in color instead of black & white. The package included a pistol & rifle set.

Universum Color Multispiel 4106Edit

Universum Color Multispiel 4106


This is the follower of model 2006, released in 1981 and offers games in color instead of black & white. This was (except the Interton Video 3000) maybe the most popular system in Germany. The package included the pistol & rifle set. Uses the AY-3-8500.

Universum Color Multispiel 4010Edit

This is the follower of model 4106 and offers 4 more games. Released in 1977, uses the AY-3-8610.

Universum Color Multispiel 4014Edit

Universum Color Multispiel 4014
Universum Color Multispiel 4014
Manufacturer Universum
Generation First Generation
Release date 1977
This is the follower of model 4010 and offers 4 more games (4 cycling games). Released in 1977.
CPUAY-3-8610 / 8765
BUTTONS -
SWITCHES -
BUILT IN GAMES -
CONTROLLERS -
SCORE -
COLOR / B&WColor
SOUNDBuilt-in
SIZE / WEIGHT -
I/O PORTSRF TV video output
POWER SUPPLYExternal power supply 9V or 6x1.5v "C"(R12) batteries

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