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Now this is a compilation disc. Activision recently released their Activision Anthology collection, which I never got a chance to play and more recently, Midway released their Midway Arcade Treasures disc. Compared to Midway’s game, Intellivision Lives! is really old school with games going back to before the NES.
Once, a very long time ago, there was no such thing as a Playstation, Xbox, Gamecube, or Gameboy. In fact, Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo weren’t even making video games yet. Instead, the good citizens of America had Ataris and Intellivisions; which, at that time, were the coolest things ever. With the new age of games and their beautiful graphics, sound, and gameplay people tend to forget all about these gems of the past. Crave and Realtime have brought back these classics; sparking memories in older gamers while showing newer gamers where it all began.
The aptly -named "Intellivision Lives!" disc resurrects 60 classic console games from Mattel Electronics' Intellivision platform. This product drops the player into Hal's Pizza, a 3-D arcade housing machines with different themes such as "sports," "battle" or "kids" games. Each has a unique graphical interface that launches the original Intellivision game, be it "Astrosmash," an intense shoot-em-up space game, "Intellivision Baseball," an entertaining sports simulation, or "Utopia" a smart strategy game. Each game can be paused to review instructions and controller layout. Some games also let players save their high scores.
Silly music and controller headaches aside, Intellivision Lives! does a fine job of compiling a huge number of games into one package and presents them in an easy-to-pick-up manner.
More than twenty years ago, nearly every neighborhood had one. For every ten kids on the block who owned Atari, there was that one guy. The rebel. The rich kid. The one with Intellivision, a beast of a videogame system that flaunted its complexities. Instead of a joystick and button it had a disk and phone-style keypad and cords permanently attached to the console. Games used nearly every damn button on the thing, most of them including specially printed overlays that corresponded to the keypad buttons that lay underneath. It was the first real videogame system that challenged the dominance of the current market leader.
Vous avez connu l'époque Intellivision et vous adoriez la bête et comme en plus vous êtes en pleine crise existentielle vous avez envie de vous replonger dans vos souvenirs rassurant de prime jeunesse ? Alors pourquoi ne pas tenter le coup. Seulement voilà, tous les souvenirs ne sont pas bons à déterrer et parfois, mieux vaut garder l'image idéalisée qu'on s'est faite des temps jadis, parce que là, ça fait un peu mal quand même.
Intellivision Lives! is a compilation of over 60 original titles for one of the oldest home console systems, the Mattel-developed Intellivision. Intellivision was originally released in 1980 after a test period the year before, boasting relatively advanced graphics for the time. At its height, some of its games sold over 500,000 copies. Unfortunately for Intellivision, they never released a "next-gen" platform to compete with 8-bit powerhouses like the Sega Master System, much less the Big N itself. By 1990, the division had filed for bankruptcy because frankly, after ten years, even the most amazing new console feels like a warmed-over turd.
Intellivision Lives! is wisely priced at 20 bucks, and its historical info alone makes it a must for anyone with an interest in video-game lore, but not one of the included games is anything more than a mild curiosity. If you want to experience the very best of ancient gaming, you want Activision Anthology and/or Midway Arcade Treasures.
The Video Game Critic
Intellivision Lives should have been packaged with special controllers, because this fatal flaw ruins an otherwise attractive compilation.