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A rather strange idea. The Coleco ADAM was an attempt to build a computer around the popular ColecoVision console.

Despite playing a mean game of Donkey Kong, the ADAM was very expensive, full of bugs and relied on a cassette-based storage system which didn’t compare well with the spangly disk drives found in rival US computers.

The Games

The ADAM was effectively a ColecoVision console with a keyboard, daisywheel printer and cassette storage system sellotaped to it. As such, it had a great selection of games. Take a look at the ColecoVision page for more details.

Major events

June 1983
ADAM introduced

January 1985
ADAM cancelled

Emulators

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Features

3.58MHz 8-bit Z80A processor
Graphics: 256×192, 16 colours, 32 sprites
Sound: 3 tone channels, 1 noise
2x 256K digital data drives (cassette-based)
120wpm daisywheel printer, 16K buffer
Optional 160K disk drives