Fairchild Channel F

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Fairchild Channel F

Postby VideoGameCritic » December 31st, 2021, 8:29 pm

I know it's been way too long since I posted Fairchild Channel F reviews, so I busted out the system tonight. I own a multicart so there are quite a few minor titles still to go.

The first two I tried were Blackjack and Dodge It. These games were not bad at all. Hard to believe games this simple can be fun.

The next two aged less well. Hangman actually shows a guy in a noose! Wow. Memory Match is probably the least inspired version of memory, letting you match up colored numbers (ugh) or abstract symbols.

Got some tentative reviews written, I really need to play a lot of these with a second player to get a full picture.

Stay tuned.

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Re: Fairchild Channel F

Postby VideoGameCritic » January 1st, 2022, 1:20 pm

Add Slot Machine and Casino Poker to that list. The poker game is surprisingly addictive!

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Re: Fairchild Channel F

Postby Retro STrife » January 3rd, 2022, 3:17 am

Wish I could give this system a shot. I have one with like 15 games, but it doesn't work. I bought it on ebay like 4 years back, when you could still find them for under $100. Paid even less, because the guy said "it's nonworking, but works sometimes when I jiggle the power cord". Well, I figured I could buy it and find an easy fix for that. Too bad the thing is impossible to open!! I spent like 30 minutes trying to figure it out and eventually gave up. Anyone know how to open these things?

Anyway, the Channel F was featured in a Netflix documentary a couple years ago and the prices shot right up by hundreds of dollars for awhile. The demand has since settled back down and prices are more normal, but not quite what they used to be. This used to be a pretty cheap system to collect for, at least considering how old/obscure it is.

I'll look forward to your reviews in the meantime.

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Re: Fairchild Channel F

Postby matmico399 » January 3rd, 2022, 7:21 pm

A real noose with a man in it? I guess that beats the 2600 version of it with the monkey.

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Re: Fairchild Channel F

Postby djc » January 3rd, 2022, 9:16 pm

If I'm not mistaken, I believe the C64 version of Hangman shows the man actually drop through the floor and struggle a bit before he stops moving and the game ends.

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Re: Fairchild Channel F

Postby MSR1701 » January 4th, 2022, 6:27 am

I recall back when we had a DOS-based computer back in the 90s, we had a very small handful of games that we had bought, with most of the built-in games on the PC's pre-Windows menu system that were of use. Among these was a Hangman game, which of all of us my Mom played the most (she LOVES word games); I recall that the noose would be the final bit completed and there was a "hanged" animation, though I cannot recall if it was just eyes going to Xs or if there was a drop...


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