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Ricochet (Pong console)

Contributed by Thiago on Jul 23rd, 2019. Artwork published in .
    Player 1’s console, with game options setting switches. The source video explains what they do, if you are curious.
    Source: https://www.youtube.com Stanley [427]. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Player 1’s console, with game options setting switches. The source video explains what they do, if you are curious.

    This Pong console was featured on episode 89 of the Angry Video Game Nerd. The first five pictures were extracted from this video, which is the highest quality photography I have found of it. The others stem from eBay auctions.

    The logo features Motter Tektura and all other on-console text is in Univers. The logo adds a swish around the tittle, reinterpreting it as the Pong ball from the game. The box also uses Univers for all body text and features the same logo, but with the addition of a tagline (“Electronic, color, TV game center”) in Cut-In. The tagline is repeated in Futura Bold in a green field on the box. The manual adds the company name under the logo, in what appears to be Eurostile Extended.

    Well, this is excessive. Instead of two controllers, let’s have two consoles! Aside from the clunky design, the game works okay, except the right controller’s a little jittery. That’s what happens – the thing about these Pong consoles, and one of the things that make them so fun to play, is that the paddles move so fluently. It’s like an analog control that doesn’t exist in games today. The downside is that they break easily, and sometimes you get this jittery movement. — The Angry Video Game Nerd

    Player 2’s console. Player 2 does not get to change the settings, but controls the sound switch.
    Source: https://www.youtube.com Stanley [427]. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Player 2’s console. Player 2 does not get to change the settings, but controls the sound switch.

    In-game footage, with bespoke bitmap typeface displaying the score.
    Source: https://www.youtube.com Stanley [427]. License: All Rights Reserved.

    In-game footage, with bespoke bitmap typeface displaying the score.

    Knob detail. All four games are variants of Pong, of course.
    Source: https://www.youtube.com Stanley [427]. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Knob detail. All four games are variants of Pong, of course.

    Both consoles in the same picture at once. Player 1 is right and Player 2 is left.
    Source: https://www.youtube.com Stanley [427]. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Both consoles in the same picture at once. Player 1 is right and Player 2 is left.

    Top of the box, with good view of all the fonts. The in-game screenshots might also show more numerals from the bitmap font, assuming they are accurate – they seem somewhat stylized.
    Source: https://www.ebay.com dandalin on eBay. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Top of the box, with good view of all the fonts. The in-game screenshots might also show more numerals from the bitmap font, assuming they are accurate – they seem somewhat stylized.

    Box detail with better view of Cut-In and Motter Tektura, as well as of the illustration. The final C in “ELECTRONIC” and the E in “GAME” show the alternates with elongated bottom parts. CT, EN and ER are spaced so tightly that the letterforms touch.
    Source: https://www.ebay.com EZSellUSA on eBay. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Box detail with better view of Cut-In and Motter Tektura, as well as of the illustration. The final C in “ELECTRONIC” and the E in “GAME” show the alternates with elongated bottom parts. CT, EN and ER are spaced so tightly that the letterforms touch.

    Owner’s manual, featuring text in Univers and a model number in Futura Bold. The logo featured here, and in the warranty booklet, has the company name in Eurostile under the logo. The illustration from the box is repeated, but in a black-and-white version.
    Source: https://www.ebay.com EZSellUSA on eBay. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Owner’s manual, featuring text in Univers and a model number in Futura Bold. The logo featured here, and in the warranty booklet, has the company name in Eurostile under the logo. The illustration from the box is repeated, but in a black-and-white version.

    An auction photo with everything together.
    Source: https://www.ebay.com EZSellUSA on eBay. License: All Rights Reserved.

    An auction photo with everything together.

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