January 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of RCA launching the Studio II.
To celebrate this occasion I'm pleased to release a collection of ROMs that allow you to enjoy the thrill of monochrome gaming, straight from 1977, on your Intellivision. Each ROM contains a copy of the StudioVision emulator and one RCA Studio II game cartridge.
(click to animate all screen shots)
Unplugged - Play the 5 games built into the Studio II console
svUnplugged.rom 37.57KB 171 downloads
Space War - One or two player space shooter
svSpaceWar.rom 36.57KB 159 downloads
Tennis / Squash - Pong style tennis and solo clones
svTennis.rom 36.57KB 149 downloads
Gunfighter / Moonship Battle - Wild West action, with added space combat
svGunfighter.rom 37.57KB 145 downloads
Blackjack - They didn't hire the shifty eyed dealer until 1978
svBlackjack.rom 37.57KB 145 downloads
Fun With Numbers - A Mastermind clone and a number sorting puzzle
svFunWithNumbers.rom 35.57KB 144 downloads
svBaseball.rom 37.57KB 127 downloads
svStarWars.rom 33.07KB 125 downloads
svSpeedway.rom 36.07KB 117 downloads
svBiorhythm.rom 38.07KB 120 downloads
svPinball.rom 35.57KB 115 downloads
svBingo.rom 35.57KB 118 downloads
svMathFun.rom 38.57KB 107 downloads
svConcentrationMatch.rom 36.57KB 107 downloads
svGrandPack.rom 40.58KB 109 downloads
svDemonstration.rom 37.57KB 102 downloads
keyprg.txt 226bytes 81 downloads
Unfortunately, Studio II games can be a little cryptic, especially when it comes to controls. They often boot up to a black screen and require the use of both controllers to get things started. To help, some brief instructions for each game are displayed in a marquee at the bottom of the screen. Alternatively, scans of the original instructions can be found here. StudioVision uses the Intellivision number pads to represent the Studio II controllers. The left number pad is Studio II controller 'A', the right is controller 'B'. I recommend the use of the following Jzintv keyboard hack file. This gives an authentic cramped feeling by mapping your PC keyboard onto the Studio II like this:
Additionally, for the Intellivision programmers out there, there is a fairly large and hopefully interesting Easter Egg in StudioVision. If it is run on an Intellivision with 2K of GRAM rather than the standard 512bytes StudioVision will double the screen resolution. Here is a comparison of Bowling in small and large screen mode:
If you are interested in how StudioVision works you can take a look at the source code:
This is released under a non-commerical Creative Commons licence. I don't own Warren Trachtman's musical arrangement or the Studio II BIOS ROM image. To build StudiVision with the Jzintv SDK1600 use the following command:
as1600 -o svUnplugged.rom studioVision.asm
You will notice that the resulting ROM image is not identical to that posted above. This is because of fixes and improvements to the emulator that later games have required.
StudioVision has been written and tested using the excellent Jzintv emulator. Whilst StudioVision ROMs should work on real hardware and other emulators, your mileage may vary.
If you have any problems or feedback please let me know.
Edited by decle, Sat Feb 18, 2017 10:10 AM.