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Checkers was another of those early games released with full color documentation.

CheckersGraphics: 2
Sound: 2
Replay Value: 2
Notes: 1- or 2-player game; one of the few early releases with a computer opponent.
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This game enforces the official Checkers rules (you must jump if you can) which has proven that I am terrible at Checkers! The sound used for the computer's "thinking" is neat, but c'mon, it's Checkers. Not like we have a very exciting video game here.




ROM It is rumored that a ROM variant (sound effects) exists.
Box So far, seven variations have been found.
Manual Ten variants have been identified.
Overlays Three different overlay variations are known to exist.
Label To date, three labels have been recorded.
Easter Eggs No Easter Eggs have been found.




A total of seven Checkers box variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Checkers Box (Mattel Electronics 1120-0910) Mattel Electronics 1120-0910 1979 U.S.A. Plastic tray; part number on top; © Mattel, Inc. Hawthorne, CA on bottom; refers to Keyboard Component on cover
Image not available. Mattel Electronics 1120-0910 1979 Hong Kong Plastic tray; part number on top; © Mattel, Inc. Hawthorne, CA on bottom; refers to Keyboard Component on cover
Checkers Box (Mattel Electronics 1120-0910-G1) Mattel Electronics 1120-0910-G1 1979 Hong Kong Plastic tray; no part number on top; © Mattel, Inc. Hawthorne, CA on bottom
Checkers Box (Mattel Electronics 1120-0510) Mattel Electronics 1120-0510 1979 Hong Kong French-Canadian; plastic tray; no part number on top; © Mattel Canada Inc., Toronto, Ontario, Canada on back
Image not available. Mattel Electronics 1120-0410 1979 Hong Kong International Edition; plastic tray; no part number on top; © Mattel, Inc. Hawthorne CA on bottom of box; slots in back for extra manual(s); slots inside for overlays
Checkers Box (Mattel Electronics 1120-0810) Mattel Electronics 1120-0810 1979 Hong Kong British English market edition?; retitled to Draughts; plastic tray; no part number on top; © Mattel, on bottom on white Lifestyle Electronics sticker (Australian market only?)
Checkers Box (Sears 3877-0910) Sears 3877-0910 1979 Hong Kong Plastic tray; blue game title on top and back




Ostensibly, two versions of the ROM exist. Different "buzz" sound effects are used. In one, the original, well-worn long, loud razz, and on some others, a shorter, more pleasant razz. I have only experienced the shorter razz in the version of Checkers included with Triple Challenge. Of the many copies I've tested (at least six), all have the traditional buzz for wrong moves.





A total of ten Checkers manual variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Checkers Manual (Mattel Electronics 1120-0920) Mattel Electronics 1120-0920 1979 U.S.A. Full color
Checkers Manual (Mattel Electronics 1120-0920(A)) Mattel Electronics 1120-0920(A) 1979 Hong Kong Red monochrome; image courtesy of Hankster
Checkers Manual (Mattel Electronics 1120-0920-G1) Mattel Electronics 1120-0920-G1 1979 Hong Kong Red monochrome
Image not available. Mattel Electronics 1120-0720 1979 Hong Kong French-Canadian; red monochrome; part number only on French side - usually it's on both sides
Checkers Manual (Mattel Electronics 1120-0720) Mattel Electronics 1120-0720 1979 Hong Kong French-Canadian; blue monochrome; part number only on French side - usually it's on both sides
Checkers Manual (Mattel Electronics 1120-0820-G1) Mattel Electronics 1120-0820-G1 1979 Hong Kong British English; retitled to Draughts (Checkers); red monochrome artwork
Checkers Manual (Mattel Electronics 1120-0161) Mattel Electronics 1120-0161 1979 Hong Kong Dutch; noted by Oscar G.; image contributed by cmart; black and white manual, but appears to be standard Mattel manual stock, not the cheaper INTV Corp. type paper
Checkers Manual (Mattel Electronics PC-1120-0920) Mattel Electronics PC-1120-0920 1979 U.S.A. PlayCable version; red monochrome
Checkers Manual (Intellivision Inc. 1120-0920-G3) Intellivision Inc. 1120-0920-G3 None U.S.A. Accordion-style folding; submitted by Hankster
Checkers Manual (Sears 3877-0920) Sears 3877-0920 1979 Hong Kong  




A total of four Checkers overlay variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Checkers Overlay (Mattel Electronics 1120-4289) Mattel Electronics 1120-4289 1979 U.S.A. Distinctly purple background behind the title
Checkers Overlay (Mattel Electronics 1120-4289) Mattel Electronics 1120-4289 1979 U.S.A. Extremely dark blue or purple background; this is a weak criterion for marking an overlay as a variant
Checkers Overlay (Phil Boland 49 75215) Phil Boland 49 75215 1979 U.S.A. Part of the Sears Super Video Arcade Overlay Set (2013)
Image not available. Intellivision Productions N/A 2014 U.S.A. Part of the Supplemental Overlay Pack for Intellivision Flashback




A total of three Checkers label variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Checkers Label (Mattel Electronics) Mattel Electronics N/A None   No origin; has checker icon on left
Checkers Label (Mattel Electronics) Mattel Electronics N/A None Hong Kong Origin lower right; has checker icon on left
Checkers Label (Phil Boland) Phil Boland N/A None   Part of the Sears Super Video Arcade Overlay Set (2013)




Title Screen Title screen for Checkers.
Game Board Yup, it's a checkers board. Could have given it at least some personality, like a border around the board.




If you find new, contradictory, or other information you wish to share, please let me know!