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Posted Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:37 PM

Well, it's finally happened. I received an Invoice from Packrat Video Games for 2 of the games that I ordered. But there are additional games that I have ordered from them. There's Important news on the Packrat front further down the page.
 
For the first order of business I'd like to make mention of a PAL Exclusive that I received the other day from the U.K., and that's Meteor Defense, published by ITT Home Vision in 1983. This game was released in different countries under different titles.
 
PAL Game: Meteor Defense
aka: Astrowar, Astro War, Astro-War, Dead Ray, Missile War, Sternen-Kampf, Sterngreig, War 2000, etc.
System: Atari 2600/VCS/Sears Video Arcade
Publisher: ITT Home Vision
Copyright: 1983
Genre: Shoot' em Up! Horizontal Scrolling
Players: 1
Controller: Joystick (Sega Genesis Game Pad Compatible)
Origin: Europe
Rarity: Undetermined
 
http://highscore.com  Yes, it's in the Database
 
Purchased via eBay from a seller in the U.K. Cartridge $13.35 + $4.55 (S & H) = $17.90.
 
I inserted the cartridge into my Atari 7800 ProSystem (NTSC) and the game displayed in Black & White. I expected this as the most likely possibility. I played several games like this and then made the following video, which I posted to my Youtube channel.
 

 
Today, after playing several games of "Millipede" for the 7800 I removed that cartridge and thought that I'd play "Meteor Defense." I inserted it into my 7800, and what do you suppose happened? The game played as before, only this time in full color! I don't really have an explanation for this.
 
YOUTUBE VIDEO OF METEOR DEFENSE IN COLOR
 

 
Packrat Video Game 1: Astronomer (2600 Home Brew); NTSC Standard; Limited Boxed Version (#35 of 34). Includes game box, box protector, cartridge, instructions, Stargazers insert, Astronomer refrigerator magnet. $35 + $4.50 (S& H) = $39.45. I hear some of you thinking, "#35 out of 34?" When I placed the order I lamented that the Limited Box Run was sold out. His response was "I kept a couple of spares and put them aside for people like you." I STILL don't know what that means, but I'll take it. Packrat's site listed the Limited Boxed Version as Sold Out! It is now listed as There are a few remaining boxes left!
 
Game: Astronomer
System: Atari 2600/VCS/Sear Video Arcade
Publisher: Packrat Video Games
Programmer: Alex Pietrow
Copyright: 2018
Genre: You are an Astronomer searching the heavens for stars. That would make the Genre Star Gazing?
Cartridge Size: 4K
Players: 1
Controller: Joystick or Paddle
Rarity: Home Brew
 
http://highscore.com  Yes, it's in the Database
 
YOUTUBE PLAY VIDEO OF ASTRONOMER GRay Defender
 

 
PACKRAT PAGE FOR ASTRONOMER
 
http://www.packratvg...astronomer.html
 
Packrat Video Game 2: Explosive Diarrhea (2600 Home Brew). Cartridge and Manual only. $20 + $4.50 (S&H) = $24.50. So a total of $64 for these 2 Home Brew games.
 
Game: Explosive Diarrhea
System: Atari 2600/VCS/Sears Video Arcade
Publisher: Packrat Video Games
Programmer: Chris Read
Copyright: 2014
Genre: Action
Cartridge Size: 2K
Players: 1
Controller: Joystick
Rarity: Home Brew
 
http://highscore.com  Yes, it's in the Database
 
YOUTUBE PLAY VIDEO FOR EXPLOSIVE DIARRHEA ILLSeaBass
 

 
PACKRAT VIDEO GAMES PAGE FOR EXPLOSIVE DIARRHEA
 
http://www.packratvg.com/ed.html
 
PACKRAT VIDEO GAMES SITE
 
http://www.packratvg.com
 
Please Like, Comment, and Follow. Even this little entry took me over two hours to put together.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



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