German Game Console - Dismantled for reference and curiosity
** See other page in this section for the Hanimex TVG (SD) version of this console.
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 game programs stored on cartridges that can contain up to ten games or variations of the same game. Games are selected with the button on top of the console. From the look of the main PCB it seems 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 hold the smarts and the cartridges are simply ROM chips holding the program data.
There are switches to select difficulty, auto or manual ball serve and a reset button. First release games for these consoles were PONG and PONG-like clones with some shooting, tank, driving, etc. games sold later.
The Palladium version uses analogue controllers as opposed do the digital version offered on other clones meaning meant that it couldn't natively run the tank game. To compensate for this Palladium released numeric keypads so the title could be played.
Another feature is the ability to run the console from batteries should you absolutely need PONG with you at all times.
Sound is generated from an 8 ohm speaker under the motherboard and unfortunately the Tele-Cassetten-Game doesn't features a volume control.