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Video Pinball [Model C-380]

Dedicated Console published 47 years ago by Atari, Inc.

Not listed in MAME yet

Video Pinball [Model C-380] screenshot

Video Pinball © 1977 Atari, Incorporated.

The games played are based around the pinball and breakout principles. Bumper controllers on the sides or a dial on the front were used to control the games. Depending on the game selected, the ball bounces on two bumpers (pinball games), or on a pad that moves horizontally (pinpaddle games), or just like in breakout. Obviously, each game had its own principles. In reality, the system played three different games.

The first one had four variants and was a pinball game. Some graphics and the type of bounce changed. Depending on the variant, you controled the ball with your flippers (via side buttons) or by moving a paddle with the knob. In the flipper versions, the ball had nice parabolic movement affected by the gravity whereas in the paddle versions, there was no gravity.

The second game was a basketball game. The ball bounced on a pad moved horizontally, and the goal was to let the ball go in a multicolor basket.

The third type of game was breakout. There was another variant called Breakway/Breakthru, the only difference between the two versions being a hole in the wall in place of the green bricks. Top red bricks could only be destroyed if the ball was coming directly from the paddle.

Built-in games: Flipper pinball 1, Flipper pinball 2, Paddle pinball 1, Paddle pinball 2, Rebound, Breakout, Breakthru


Model C-380

Controllers: 1 big paddle built-in the case + 2 side buttons for pinball games

CPU: custom Atari chipsets (C011500-11 / C011512-05)

Colors: Yes (at least 6)


The console was released by Sears as "Tele-Games Pinball Breakaway [Model 99704]".

Also released in Japan by Epoch as the "TV Block".

It came in 2 different cases: a white and a beige one.


Console's picture.