Royal Dealer

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Follow this link for info about the review system. 1 = Terrible, 5 = Awesome!

Another batch of card games. Decent graphics and nice variety.

Royal DealerGraphics: 4
Sound: 2
Replay Value: 3
Notes: 1-player
Screen Shots

A collection of four classic card games - Hearts, Gin Rummy, Rummy, and Crazy Eights, this game offers a fun way to pass the time. It's rather surprising that no true solitaire games are here - they're all games with computer opponents. The graphics are nice, the sound sparse. One neat idea would have been to support two, three, or four player modes (for the ECS). And, once the IntelliNet EtherNet expansion module is available ;) you will be able to play network hearts, too.




ROM No ROM variants have been identified.
Box So far, five variations have been found.
Manual Six variants have been identified.
Overlays Two different overlay variations are known to exist.
Label To date, four labels have been recorded.
Easter Eggs No Easter Eggs have been found.




A total of five Royal Dealer box variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Royal Dealer Box (Mattel Electronics 5303-0920) Mattel Electronics 5303-0920 1982 U.S.A. Trayless pocket; no part number on top; © Mattel, Inc. Hawthorne, CA on bottom
Image not available. Mattel Electronics 5303-0910 1982 Hong Kong Plastic tray; no part number on top; © Mattel, Inc. Hawthorne, CA on bottom
Royal Dealer Box (Mattel Electronics 5303-0510-G1) Mattel Electronics 5303-0510-G1 1982 Hong Kong French-Canadian; plastic tray; no part number on top; © Mattel Canada Inc., Toronto, Ontario, Canada on back; was there a previous version?
Royal Dealer Box (Mattel Electronics 5303-0410) Mattel Electronics 5303-0410 1982 Hong Kong International version
Royal Dealer Box (Intellivision Inc. 5303) Intellivision Inc. 5303 1982 Singapore Standard Intellivision, Inc. box




A total of six Royal Dealer manual variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Royal Dealer Manual (Mattel Electronics 5303-0920) Mattel Electronics 5303-0920 1982 U.S.A. Includes correction notice; blue and black artwork
Royal Dealer Manual (Mattel Electronics 5303-0920) Mattel Electronics 5303-0920 1982 Hong Kong Red and black artwork
Royal Dealer Manual (Mattel Electronics 5303-0720) Mattel Electronics 5303-0720 1982 Hong Kong French-Canadian; blue and black artwork
Royal Dealer Manual (Mattel Electronics 5303-0121) Mattel Electronics 5303-0121 1982 Hong Kong German; blue and black artwork; includes German correction slip
Royal Dealer Manual (Mattel Electronics PC-5303-0920) Mattel Electronics PC-5303-0920 1982 U.S.A. PlayCable version; red and black artwork; retains the 'buggy' instructions about rearranging cards in your hand
Royal Dealer Manual (Intellivision Inc. 5303-0920-G1) Intellivision Inc. 5303-0920-G1 None U.S.A. Staple along top edge; haven't located a Mattel version of this manual yet—presumably it would be the corrected version, not requiring the separately included correction notice

Supplemental Materials

The following supplemental materials have been found for Royal Dealer.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Royal Dealer Additional Materials (Mattel Electronics 5303-0070) Mattel Electronics 5303-0070 1982 U.S.A. Correction notice to mask bug in the game
Royal Dealer Additional Materials (Mattel Electronics 5303-0122) Mattel Electronics 5303-0122 None Hong Kong German translation of the correction slip that covers up a game bug; take a look at the content here

Here we see the changes in the manual. Does anyone out there have a rev. G1 Royal Dealer manual from Mattel?

Mattel manual

Original discard procedure

Intellivision, Inc. manual

Revised manual discard procedure

Some other small graphical changes appeared, too. They appear to be simple layout bugs.

Mattel Manual (p. 6)

Original instructions (p. 6)

Intellivision, Inc. Manual (p. 6)

Revised instructions (p. 6)

Mattel Manual (p. 11)

Original instructions (p. 11)

Intellivision, Inc. Manual (p. 11)

Revised instructions (p. 11)





A total of two Royal Dealer overlay variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Royal Dealer Overlay (Mattel Electronics 5303-4289) Mattel Electronics 5303-4289 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 four Royal Dealer label variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Royal Dealer Label (Mattel Electronics) Mattel Electronics N/A 1982 U.S.A. Origin lower left; © M.I. 1982 right of origin; ™ upper right; smaller label, rounded corners; purple background rather than green as other Gaming Network releases
Royal Dealer Label (Mattel Electronics) Mattel Electronics N/A 1982 Hong Kong Origin lower left; © M.I. 1982 right of origin; ™ upper right, very small font; larger label, square corners; purple background rather than green as other Gaming Network releases
Image not available. Intellivision Inc. N/A 1982 U.S.A. Origin lower right; © I.I. 1982 to left of origin; ™ small, centered vertically on right edge; smaller label, rounded corners; submitted by Hankster
Royal Dealer Label (Intellivision Inc.) Intellivision Inc. N/A 1982 Singapore Origin lower right; © I.I. 1982 to left of origin; ™ small, centered vertically on right edge; smaller label, rounded corners




Title Screen Title screen for Royal Dealer.
Card Table Nice enough for the kind of card games in Royal Dealer. They don't have any tells, though, that I remember.




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