Saturday Supercade: Battlestar Galactica

I will be honest, until I was tooling around the internet this evening I was unaware there was ever a handheld electronic game for Battlestar Galactica much less that it was manufactured by Mattel Electronics. A big thanks to the Handheld Games Museum for these awesome photos of this electronic treasure from back in 1978. It was originally released as Missile Attack two years earlier.


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6 thoughts on “Saturday Supercade: Battlestar Galactica

  1. Vinvectrex says:

    Nice to see what these look like in good working condition. A couple of years ago, I came across one at a flea market for a buck. It was in rough shape, but it looked playable. Never ended up working – but looked like the type of game I would’ve enjoyed in my youth. I seem to recall that Radio Shack had the same game under their store brand, but with a the missile attack look to it.

  2. Atari Adventure Square says:

    Y’know Vic, I love this site and its pathway to memories. But seeing this marvelous toy of mine, lovingly embiggened in all its glory, ups it a notch to mega-love.
    The BG Space Alert got possibly the most attention (next to Merlin) from me and everybody where I went. It was easy on the batteries for hours of space faring battles, the sounds were cool (I think – my mental remembrance sound sampler is generous in good ways) and the gameplay – for simple red lines moving about – was smooth and fun.
    I think the portability of it all made these handhelds treasures of my youth.
    Add to that the imagining of actual Cylon interaction and, well…
    Good times.

  3. plcary says:

    I played this game on the school bus every day. The game belonged to a friend of mine and i finally convinced him to trade it to me for mattel baseball. that was the best trade i ever made except for getting the star wars laser battle game from my cousin for a disco light.

  4. Larry says:

    I owned the Battlestar game too even though my parents didn’t have much money. I seem to recall that I even enjoyed the smell of this game. Yes, I am probably weird but back then electronic games had a different smell. I loved this game even more than my “Blip” game from Tomy. Remember that one? Wind up toy made a little light move across the screen with ping/pong type play with 3 buttons on each side. Also had a solo mode.

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