Electric Football Game This nostalgic toy electronic football game online bring back many memories for those who were young in the s. Imagine the real 49ers playing the real Raiders after each side got off the Tilt-A-Whirl.
Weather uncooperative? Tough luck. It would take the advent of hand-held electronics games to bring the pigskin into the bedroom, the school bus and anywhere else where tackling each other was probably a bad idea.
Today, we take a look at the game that started it all, Mattel Electronics Football. When Mattel Toys introduced their electronic football game in the late 70s, they had a sure winner on their hands.
And play they did; there were few places to be found that were void of the distinctive sing-song sounds made when a touchdown occurred.
Mattel would eventually release other sports games, such as baseball and hockey, but none managed to win the hearts of little armchair athletes like this iconic football game. For the most part, the game followed the basic rules of professional football, although simplified considerably — basically there were four downs and ten yards to a down.
Using a combination of up, down and side-to-side directional buttons, players would make their way across the playing field.
A kick option was available; the ability to pass was not. Thanks to the astounding success of Mattel Electronic Football, the toy company would release a sequel the following year — Football II.
For anyone who ever picked up one of these iconic games, the memories linger forever of the fun that often lasted until the wee hours of morning.
Did you bring the game to school, or play under the covers when you were supposed to be sleeping? Still long to hear those distinctive beeps?
Share your thoughts and recollections with us in our comments section, as we pay tribute to this well-remembered game. I have an original with box and instructions, that I still play from time to time.
It is not the same. The newer version has a cheap screen that can make for an interesting but annoying game. My original was made in Hong Kong in It still works just like the day I got it.