Philips Videopac G7000 is a video games console, also known as Magnavox Odyssey 2, which was released in 1978. It was fully programmable home video console which was using cartridges. By the way, the cartridge slot was also used to connect the following devices: The Voice – synthesizes speech and Chess Module – allows you to play a game of chess. Unlike any other consoles of that time, Philips Videopac had a full alphanumeric keyboard, which was supposed to be used for educational games, selecting options of the game or the programming (yes, users could learn programming in assembler using training programs and thick book). Also Philips Videopac G7000 has distinguished by the fact that it used the natural black joysticks (8-position handle and one single action button) – the prototype of the future joysticks, which are so popular among users who play simulators. Over the years, Philips Videopac joystick considered as the most convenient for the gaming.
At first, the developers of Philips Videopac didn’t pay any attention to the games, thus, they were terrible, with bad graphics, sound and boring gameplay. Nobody wanted to play any game over again. Potential customers have started to look at the competitors who had larger games library and the quality of the games were much higher. In 1981 the sales of Atari 2600 and Intellivision rose steadily, Philips continued to support the Videopac G7000. Soon programmers managed to learn how to squeeze out the maximum of the Philips Videopac and the games started to appear with much higher quality and interesting gameplay. Some examples of good games released for Magnavox Odyssey 2 are: Attack of the Timelord, Turtles, Killer Bees and Power Lords. These and much more you can find in our Philips Videopac roms games section and download for free.