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#1 InfernalKeith OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Nov 15, 2009 2:27 AM

I just picked up a nice Mattel Aquarius, untested and sans video cable, and amazingly, it works like a charm! I also got the Aquarius cassette deck and 16K memory expansion, but that was it - no games, and no cable for the cassette player.

If anyone has one they'd like to sell or trade, or has any Aquarius games they wanna offload, let me know, because I'd like to get a few things for this machine and add it to my 'war room.' I'd really like to fool with the BASIC and write some stuff for it, but without the ability to save, it seems a bit pointless at the moment.

It definitely seems like an ugly duckling of a computer - looks cool, but the lack of a real space bar (to say nothing of the chicklet keyboard) is maddening. BASIC runs pretty fast, though, based on my quick little test programs.

Anyone... anyone?

Keith

#2 JamesD OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Nov 15, 2009 5:33 AM

I just picked up a nice Mattel Aquarius, untested and sans video cable, and amazingly, it works like a charm! I also got the Aquarius cassette deck and 16K memory expansion, but that was it - no games, and no cable for the cassette player.

Of course it works... it probably only came out of the box for 5 minutes. :D

If anyone has one they'd like to sell or trade, or has any Aquarius games they wanna offload, let me know, because I'd like to get a few things for this machine and add it to my 'war room.' I'd really like to fool with the BASIC and write some stuff for it, but without the ability to save, it seems a bit pointless at the moment.

The best place to ask about the Aquarius is the yahoo Aquarius group.

It definitely seems like an ugly duckling of a computer - looks cool, but the lack of a real space bar (to say nothing of the chicklet keyboard) is maddening. BASIC runs pretty fast, though, based on my quick little test programs.

Anyone... anyone?

Keith


I have an Aquarius combo pack I should get rid of. Most of the stuff was still in the original plastic. I think the first owner had it out of the box about as long as I did. I should sell it.

Edited by JamesD, Sun Nov 15, 2009 5:36 AM.


#3 BydoEmpire OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Nov 15, 2009 5:44 AM

I had an Aquarius back in the day - Kay Bee was blowing them out for $50. I ended up buying the tape deck as well, and poked around with BASIC but mostly played Utopia and Night Stalker.




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