After about eighteen months of development, I am pleased to announce the availability of the Aquaricart, the first and only multi-cart for the Aquarius Home Computer System!
For those who are unfamiliar with it, the Aquaricart is a collection of ALL of the original cartridge software ever released for the Aquarius, along with several unreleased, prototype, and enhanced titles. It also includes the original instruction manuals and overlays, exclusive historical information and trivia, and Quick Reference guides ... all in electronic format, so they can be printed with the Aquarius Thermal Printer or viewed on-screen!
Here is a complete list of the cartridge titles in the Aquaricart collection:
- AD&D Treasure of Tarmin
- Demonstration Cartridge
- Extended BASIC
- Melody Chase
- Mini Expander Diagnostic (an unreleased Radofin diagnostic tool)
- Night Stalker
- Shark! (an incomplete prototype of Intellivision Shark! Shark!)
- Space Speller
- TRON Deadly Discs
- X10 Command Console (the software for the unreleased Aquarius X10 home automation system)
- Zero In
Plus, as a bonus:
- The 1541 OS ROM (an enhanced version of Extended BASIC)
- The Demonstration Cassette (the six mini-games originally included with the Aquarius on cassette tape—Stalactites, Macho-Man, Torment, Cute Cubes, Alien Quest, and Mad Mould—converted to cartridge format for instantaneous loading)
- "BurgerTime Plus" (an enhanced BurgerTime which increases the maximum number of peppers and lives and removes the extra characters from the screen border)
Each of these cartridges, along with the manual pages and other extra content, can be accessed through an easy-to-use menu interface that you can control from the keyboard or the hand controllers. Or, if you prefer to skip the menu, you can use the "Quick Boot" feature to jump immediately to the cartridge of your choice on startup. The Aquaricart is fully compatible with a stock Aquarius computer console, so no Mini Expander or extra RAM are required (although some of the cartridges in the collection recommend or require extra RAM).
I'm offering the Aquaricart in two configurations. The first is a $65 "upgrade kit", consisting of an assembled and tested cartridge board that you can install inside one of your own cartridge shells. While supplies last, I am also offering a fully assembled cartridge inside an Aquarius Night Stalker box for $77. Both options include full-color cartridge labels and a printed manual.
(For those Aquarius owners who have any extra cartridge(s) on hand at all, I would highly recommend choosing the upgrade kit. My supply of cartridge shells is very limited, and as much as possible, I would like to reserve them for Aquarius users who do not presently own any cartridges.)
If you're interested in adding the Aquaricart to your collection, contact me via PM—or, if you're not an AtariAge member, click on my profile and use the e-mail link to contact me that way—and let me know which of the two options you would prefer. Be sure to include your shipping address so I can calculate the postage and give you a final total. If I have an Aquaricart cartridge ready to send, we will exchange information and complete the transaction; otherwise, I will provide an estimate of when it will be available (usually within two weeks). I won't accept any payments until I have a tested product that is ready for immediate shipment, so you won't be kept waiting for your order any longer than necessary.
I'm in the process of putting together a web site for the Aquaricart, which will offer complete scans of the original instruction manuals and other useful Aquarius resources. In the meantime, if you're interested, you can follow the eighteen-month development history of the Aquaricart in the original project thread, which includes testimonials from fellow Aquarius owners.
Thanks for your interest and support!
EDIT: The original form factor of the Aquaricart (which used repurposed Night Stalker cartridges) has been unavailable for some time. I have switched to a new form factor based on the Intellivision cartridge design; see here for pictures. With this new design, I was also able to reduce the price to $60 each (not including shipping). PM me if you're interested!