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Action Max : Worlds of Wonder

Action Max (#AM-1000 NTSC)

The Action Max was created in 1987 by Worlds of Wonder toys. It used VHS tapes as the 'games'. Since the system did not have a VHS player, a VCR was required for this piece of equipment to function. Four 'C' batteries or an AC adapter was utilized. Only 5 games were created (one unconfirmed):

.38 Ambush Alley
Blue Thunder
Hydrosub: 2021
The Rescue of Pops Ghostly
Sonic Fury

Fright Night (unconfirmed)

Sonic Fury was the Action Max pack in game video. However, since VHS tapes are so non-interactive this brings up the question of how much of a 'system' this is. When you shot the light gun, the system would super impose sprites on the screen depending on where you shot, but the VHS tape would continue playing as if nothing happened. I suppose it comparable to the Pirates of the Carribean ride at Disneyland. While going in a set path, you can throw anything at the animatronics you want, but they still won't leap out to get you. Games were set up in three modes: Standard, Reflex, and Limited Amunition.

If the the lightgun has not been fired within five minutes, the Action Max would sound to let the user know.

Box cover for the Action Max

Back of the Action Max:

1. Score Signal Jack
2. Mono/Stereo
3. VHS VCR Jack
4. Power In

Front of the Action Max

1. Headphone Jack
2. Speaker On/Off
3. Light Gun

The red in the top left hand corner is the LED score display

Top of the Action Max (from left to right):

Volume Control
Distance Control
Game Setting: Normal *Special

Player Setting: First, Second
Power Switch: On, Off

Sample Action Max game and box.
Action Max Light Gun. Works up to 15 feet away.
Action Max Headphones. Game can be heard either through these headphones or the base speaker on the Action Max unit itself.
Action Max Score Signal: "The score signal lights when you hit a target. It indicates that points are being scored."-Instructions
Mini Jack to RCA: how the Action Max connects to your VCR

 

Same AC adapter pin (if batteries were not used)

Input 120 VA, 60Hz.
Output 9 volts, 500ma.

Action Max : Worlds of Wonder
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