Bally Astrocade (1977 – 1983)

Bally AstrocadeThe Astrocade (originally referred to as the Bally Home Library Computer when released in 1977) is an second generation video game console and simple computer system designed by a team at Midway, the videogame division of Bally.

In 1981, the system was re-released under the name Bally Computer System, before finally becoming the Astrocade in 1982 until its demise in 1983. The Astrocade was particularly notable for its very powerful graphics capabilities for the time of release, and for the difficulty in accessing those capabilities.

The Astrocade’s catridges were called Videocades, and were a similar size and shape to compact cassette tapes. The unit also included two games built into the ROM, Gunfight and Checkmate, along with the simple but useful Calculator and a doodle program called Scribbling.