B-17 Bomber

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Allegedly, Mattel had qualms about releasing this game in Europe, since the objective was to bomb targets in France, Germany, BeNeLux, and other friendly European nations. Unlike other platforms offering voice expansions at the time (like the Odyssey2), Mattel's voice games actually required the voice unit to be playable.

B-17 BomberGraphics: 4
Sound: 3
Replay Value: 4
Notes: 1-player game; requires Intellivoice
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B-17 Bomber is a pretty solid game - and complex! Personally, I always enjoyed the completeness of the game - was it one of the earliest flight simulators? The flak from enemy fire has some 3-D effect to it, and the enemy fighters bank and break apart when hit. You bomb both land and sea targets, and you've got a plethora of gauges and information at your disposal. With several gunners, the bombardier, and main pilot views, you've got lots of activity to keep you busy. In addition, there are several distinct voices in the game, from the nervous navigator ("Fighters - 12 o'clock!") to the southern drawl of "Target in sight!", the voices are absolutely necessary for gameplay. It's fun to play in unlimited fuel mode, with 200 bombs, and just go on marathon missions sometimes.




ROM No ROM variants have been identified.
Box So far, three variations have been found.
Manual Four variants have been identified.
Overlays Two different overlay variations are known to exist.
Label To date, three labels have been recorded.
Easter Eggs No known Easter eggs exist, but a bug does. You can get the game to hang sometimes when bombing targets in one of the far corners of the screen. I forget which one...




A total of three B-17 Bomber box variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
B-17 Bomber Box (Mattel Electronics 3884-0910) Mattel Electronics 3884-0910 1982 U.S.A. Trayless pocket; no part number on top; © Mattel, Inc. Hawthorne, CA on bottom
Image not available. Mattel Electronics 3884-0910 1982 Hong Kong Plastic tray; no part number on top; © Mattel, Inc. Hawthorne, CA on bottom
B-17 Bomber Box (Mattel Electronics 3884-0810) Mattel Electronics 3884-0810 1982 Hong Kong French-Canadian; plastic tray; English copyright data on top flap; French copyright data on bottom flap; © Mattel Canada Inc., Toronto, Canada; English game name on spine, French on opposite end




A total of four B-17 Bomber manual variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
B-17 Bomber Manual (Mattel Electronics 3384-0920) Mattel Electronics 3384-0920 1982 U.S.A. Note the erroneous part number - it should be 3884-0920, as shown on Hong Kong version
B-17 Bomber Manual (Mattel Electronics 3884-0920) Mattel Electronics 3884-0920 1982 Hong Kong Has correct part number
B-17 Bomber Manual (Mattel Electronics 3884-0720) Mattel Electronics 3884-0720 1982 Hong Kong French-Canadian; blue, black, and grey color scheme
B-17 Bomber Manual (Mattel Electronics 3884-0920) Mattel Electronics 3884-0920 1982 Italy Black and white Italian release, reported by Spadafermo51




A total of two B-17 Bomber overlay variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
B-17 Bomber Overlay (Mattel Electronics 3884-4289) Mattel Electronics 3884-4289 1982 U.S.A.  
Image not available. Intellivision Productions N/A 2014 U.S.A. Part of the Supplemental Overlay Pack for Intellivision Flashback




A total of three B-17 Bomber label variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
B-17 Bomber Label (Mattel Electronics) Mattel Electronics N/A 1982 U.S.A. Origin lower center-right; © M.I. 1982 lower right; ™ lower center-left; smaller label, rounded corners
B-17 Bomber Label (Mattel Electronics) Mattel Electronics N/A 1982 U.S.A. Origin lower right-center; © M.I. 1982 lower right; ™ lower center-left; larger label, rounded corners; font larger, ™ much smaller font
B-17 Bomber Label (Mattel Electronics) Mattel Electronics N/A 1982 Hong Kong Origin lower right-center; © M.I. 1982 lower right; ™ lower center-left; larger label, rounded corners; font larger, ™ much smaller font




Title Screen Beeeesehvuhnteeeeen bahhhmerrr!
Situation Map I used to play this until all the targets were bombed and you had to fly back and land just to get more to appear. I think somehow I knew about the bug where you could essentially get an indestructible ship.




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