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"Truly simple!"

After the success of the Intellivision, Mattel decided it was time to invest in home computers. But what kind of computer do you get from a toy maker? A toy computer, pretty much. The Aquarius was a machine right out of the previous decade, even lacking programmable graphics: everything on the screen had to be assembled from a built-in set of glyphs. So all games in its meager library, mostly Intellivision ports, looked even worse than those on the then-aging console. Realizing it was a dud, Mattel gave it back to Radofin (the contractor that actually produced it), who used aggressive price cuts to extend its life a few months. But, even as a super low cost machine, it could not compete with the likes of ZX Spectrum, so it was soon discontinued.

The list

Box Art Title Genre Description
Disco Fever Aquarius cover Disco Fever Action/maze A game with a really odd concept: you are a hotshot DJ, but your wino girlfriend is in the club tonight too. So you score by getting her drinks, but you must also run to the record store across the street and get something new to keep the party going. Just be careful not to bump into a mugger. Man, the 80s were rough.

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