** See other listing on this site for a genuine Hanimex SD 070
Released in the late 70's this is one of almost thirty variant consoles to use the same or similar General Instruments chipsets, all doing exactly the same thing.
They run games from cartridges which could contain up to ten games or variations of games (eg. Pong variants) that were selectable with the ten brown buttons on its top. From the look of the main PCB it seems that all of the 'smarts' are in the cartridges and the console is a 'dumb' conduit for putting the images onto your TV. This is in contrast to consoles such as the Atari 2600 were the console held the smarts and the cartridges are simply ROM chips holding the program data.
The console (thankfully) features a volume control, difficulty settings, auto or manual serve setting and a reset button. First release games were pretty much Pong and Pong-like clones but later on some shooting, tank, driving, etc. games came out. The sound was internally generated from an 8ohm speaker and was pretty terrible.
Another feature is that you can run the console from batteries should you go completely crazy.
Physically the only real redeeming features of this clone are that it was made in nice white plastic and has snow plows for controllers; note the snazzy, generic component 'serve/fire' buttons on the tops of the controllers. Don't get me wrong, these are a great bits of early game tech and a lot of people had a lot of fun with them.
|Unit pictured has been sold and its location is unknown.|