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Coleco Industries, Inc.

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Coleco Industries was an American company originally founded as The Connecticut Leather Company in 1932. They expanded into the toy market in the 1950s. Coleco manufactured video game consoles from 1976, with Telstar being their first product. The ColecoVision was popular and the company also made cartridges for the Atari 2600 and Intellivision, and a clone of Atari's console which was called the Coleco Gemini.

In 1983 the Coleco Adam home computer was released but this was a failure and Coleco left the electronics field in 1985.

Coleco Industries, Inc. filed a chapter 11 case for "reorganization" bankruptcy in 1988. The disposition was confirmed in 1990.

The Coleco brand name has subsequently been owned by several other companies.

Credited on 79 Games from 1976 to 2001

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Venture II: The Abysmal Abyss (2001 on Atari 2600)
2010: The Text Adventure Game (1985 on Coleco Adam)
Family Feud (1985 on DOS, Commodore 64, Coleco Adam...)
2010: The Graphic Action Game (1985 on ColecoVision)
The Best of Brøderbund: A.E. and Choplifter! (1985 on Coleco Adam)
Dragon's Lair (1984 on Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC...)
Dr. Seuss's Fix-Up the Mix-Up Puzzler (1984 on ColecoVision, Commodore 64, Atari 8-bit...)
The Dukes of Hazzard (1984 on ColecoVision, Coleco Adam)
Super Action Football (1984 on ColecoVision)
Cabbage Patch Kids Adventures in the Park (1984 on ColecoVision, MSX, Coleco Adam)
WarGames (1984 on Commodore 64, ColecoVision, Atari 8-bit...)
Destructor (1984 on ColecoVision, Coleco Adam)
Berenstain Bears (1984 on Atari 2600)
Fortune Builder (1984 on Coleco Adam, ColecoVision)
Illusions (1984 on ColecoVision, Coleco Adam)
Richard Scarry's Best Electronic Word Book Ever! (1984 on Coleco Adam, Commodore 64, Apple II)
Super Action Football (1984 on ColecoVision)
Tarzan (1984 on ColecoVision, Coleco Adam)
The Dam Busters (1984 on DOS, Commodore 64, ColecoVision...)
Congo Bongo (1983 on PC Booter, Commodore 64, Atari 2600...)

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History +

1989

Hasbro acquires the assets of the company.

1983

The company introduces the Coleco Adam home computer.

1982

The company introduces the ColecoVision console system.

1975

The company enters the videogame industry with the Coleco Telstar console.

1932

Company originally founded as Connecticut Leather Company by Maurice Greenberg to sell leather supplies to shoemakers.

Trivia +

Coleco's name is an shortening of Connecticut Leather Company.

Related Web Sites +

  • Coleco Kid Vid Voice Module
    This page explains what the Kid Vid Voice Module from Coleco was and gives some history about it. It also holds copies of all the recorded files marketed with/for this item.
  • Coleco.com
    official site of the new Coleco by River West Brands

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