The 80s saw the dawn and development of electronic games, the advances in technology throughout the 80s was amazing! These electronic games in many ways led the way for the development of home computers and games consoles, which in turn paved the way for the computing technology we have today! how many of these 80s electronic games do you remember playing?
1. Firefox F-7
Grandstand (also known as Grandstand Leisure Products) was a video game console and electronic game manufacturer and distributor. It was based in the United Kingdom and New Zealand and was active in the 1970s and 1980s.
The company behind the Grandstand label was Adam Leisure Group PLC of Harrogate, UK. The company chiefly imported electronic products from other manufacturers such as Epoch, Tomy & Entex, selling them in the UK re-branded under the Grandstand name. Some imported products’ names were changed for the UK market. For example, the Tomy tabletop electronic game sold in the US as Pac Man (and in Japan as Puck Man) was released by Grandstand in the UK re-badged as Munchman.
Tandy was founded in the United States in 1950 as Tandy Leather Company. In 1963, Tandy changed its business to electronics when it acquired control of RadioShack, a forty-year-old electronics business with nine stores and a mail-order arm. From 1963 to 1986, RadioShack grew to more than 6900 stores and dealers in the US, with a further 2100 stores and dealers in Canada, England, Europe and Australia. In November 1973, the first RadioShack-style Tandy stores in Australia opened for business. They were administered from a rented office and warehouse in the Sydney suburb of Rydalmere.
3. Tomytronic 3D
The Tomytronic 3D is a series of portable, handheld gaming devices released by Takara Tomy Co., Ltd. The device featured a strap so the player would be able to wear it around his or her neck in between playing. The Tomytronic simulated 3D by having two LCD panels that were lit by external light through a window on top of the device. Released in 1983, it was the first dedicated home video 3D hardware.
Seven games were released:
Skyfighters (AKA Dog Fight / Tandy Sky Duel)
Thundering Turbo (AKA Cosmos LeMans / Turbo Racer / Thundering Turbos)
Sky Attack (AKA Tank Attack)
Shark Attack (AKA Jaws 3D)
Planet Zeon (AKA Space Laser War / Space Attack)