North American Philips Consumer Electronics Corp. (NAP), a North
American Philips Company and makers of the Odyssey 2 game
system, was best known for manufacturing and distributing Magnavox,
Philco, Sylvania audio/video and Odyssey videogame products. In
mid-1983, they made a stab at the 2600 market under the moniker
Probe 2000. Unfortunately for them, a claimed
chip-shortage ended all hopes of them leaving a mark as a game
producer for Atari's machine.
Their first title, announced and introduced at the 1983 Summer CES,
was Pursuit of the Pink Panther, a game based on the
famous animated character. Power Lords, which was
patterned after the action figure toy marketed by Revell toys and
licensed by Strogin-Mayem International, was also announced and
displayed at the show. Both games were scheduled for release in
September, but the Summer CES was the last time these two games were
ever spotted in the open.
Were chip shortages REALLY the reason for the games being cancelled?
Nobody knows for sure, but keep in mind that N.A.P. was just about
the only company to use the reason as an excuse. What we DO know,
however, is that both games were in completely playable form when
demonstrated at the CES, and have been reported to be decent games.
Here's the game descriptions as explained by N.A.P....
- The Adventures of Pink Panther
"Players control the Pink Panther as he sneakily makes his way
through several screens, attempting to outwit the inspector. For his
final challenge, he must dangle from a swinging rope, steal the
famous Pink Panther dimond and escape unnoticed. The Pink Panther
and Inspector characters are properties licensed by MGM-UA Home
Entertainment Group, Inc."
- Power Lords
"Adam, Leader of the Lords, and Shaya, Queen of Power, are extra-
terrestrial warriors who battle deadly aliens on the mystical Volcan
Rock. Using lasers to fight the alien space serpent, the Power Lords
can gain entry into the rock and search its endless chambers for the
glowing touchstone that activates powerful anti-alien weapons and
devices. Power Lords is licensed by Strogin-Mayem, International.
Revell toys will also be marketing a complete line of Power Lords toy
- 3149VC Power Lords (not released)
- 3152VC Pursuit of the Pink Panther (not released)