Apollo 80 Programmable Video Game by Academy

Console Name: Apollo 80 Programmable Video Game
Release Date: 1978
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Manufacturer: Conic Group (康力集團)
Publisher: Wrapid Manufacturing Ltd,
Developer: RCA
Built In Games: 4
Predecessor: RCA Studio II
Related to:
- Conic M-1200 Microprocessor Programmable TV Game
- Hanimex Jeu TV Programmable MPT-02
- Mustang 9016 Telespiel Computer
- Sheen M-1200 Micro-Computer
- Trevi M-1200 Micro-Computer
- Soundic Victory Home TV Programmer (MPT-02)

History
After the acquisition of the RCA Studio III Intellectual properties by the Conic Group (康力集團), Conic reached out to various subsidiaries and other affiliates to distribute their newest console in various countries. In the U.K., it is not clear which company took over the distribution. A few theories  exist out there, but the two more probable come from the research of TheLimeyDragon. The first contender was Wrapid Manufacturing Ltd,  a newly formed company at the time, specializing in circuit boards which was at the same address where the Appolo 80 was distributed. But upon getting more information, TheLimeyDragon concluded that it might just be a coincidence that an electronic company had offices at the same address and that the company behind the Apollo 80 Programmable Video Game might be Academy International Public Limited Company, a company incorporated on July 10, 1972 specializing in wholesale of Radio, television & electrical household appliances.

Release
From their offices located at 250 Thornton Road, Bradford, BD1 2LB, the company started the distribution of the Apollo 80 Programmable Video Game. The console mold, although very similar to the other consoles of the M-1200 series, have square edges instead of round one. As such, the Apollo 80 Programmable Video Game is the only RCA Studio III based console that have a unique molding.

The console came with 4 built-in games:

  • Doodle
  • Pattern
  • Bowling
  • Black Jack 1 & 2

Games
Although it is expected that all 13 games were released for this console, so far, only 9 games were identified. All RCA Studio II and RCA Studio III games are compatible with the system.
As all systems share the same libraries, we expect the missing games in the following list to be Bingo, Tennis, Computer Quiz and Gunfighter.

 

1 – Pinball
7330
2 – Star Wars
7331
3 – Biorhythm
7477
4 – School House 2/Math Fun Games
7476
5 – ? 6 – Concentration Match
7484
7 – Baseball
7485
8 – ? 9 – Speedway/Tag
7487
10 – Spacewar Intercept
7530
11 – Fun with Numbers
7531
12 – ?
13 – ?
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