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

You shouldn't even have an Intellivision if you don't have Space Battle. One of the core games of the system.

Space BattleGraphics: 3
Sound: 3
Replay Value: 3
Notes: 1-player
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When I first started playing Space Battle, I had to wonder if the bad guys were the Cylon Raiders from Battlestar Galactica. After all, those ships sure do look like Cylon Raiders! And, Mattel did have the license for Battlestar Galactica for its handheld games. This game was first published in the Action network, but later made more difficult (ROM revised to speed up the game) and re-released in the Space Action network, with the dark blue box. This is a fun, simple shooter game.

The original Intellivision box had a very different image of Space Battle. Seems you had to track fuel usage, and who knows what the other funky graphics are. Perhaps some of the ideas were reused in Space Spartans and Astrosmash?

Prerelease graphics for Space Battle
Prerelease Space Battle Shot



ROM "Slow" and "fast" gameplay variants exist.
Box So far, thirteen variations have been found.
Manual Nineteen variants have been identified.
Overlays Five different overlay variations are known to exist.
Label To date, five labels have been recorded.
Easter Eggs No Easter Eggs have been found.




A total of thirteen Space Battle box variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Space Battle Box (Mattel Electronics 2612-0910) Mattel Electronics 2612-0910 1979 U.S.A. Red Action Network box; plastic tray; part number on top; © Mattel, Inc. Hawthorne, CA on bottom; refers to Keyboard Component on cover
Space Battle Box (Mattel Electronics 2612-0910) Mattel Electronics 2612-0910 1979 Hong Kong Red Action Network box; plastic tray; part number on top; © Mattel, Inc. Hawthorne, CA on bottom; refers to Keyboard Component on cover
Space Battle Box (Mattel Electronics 2612-0910) Mattel Electronics 2612-0910 1979 U.S.A. Dark blue Space Network box; trayless pocket; no part number on top; © Mattel, Inc. Hawthorne, CA on bottom
Image not available. Mattel Electronics 2612-0710 G1 1979 U.S.A. Dark blue Space Network box; trayless pocket; no part number on top; © Mattel, Inc. Hawthorne, CA on bottom
Image not available. Mattel Electronics 2612-0710 G1 1979 U.S.A. Trayless pocket; dark blue space network box; no part number on top; © Mattel, Inc. Hawthorne, CA on bottom
Image not available. Mattel Electronics 2612-0910-G1 1979 Hong Kong Dark blue Space Network box; plastic tray; no part number on top; © Mattel, Inc. Hawthorne, CA on bottom on blue sticker
Image not available. Mattel Electronics 2612-0910-G2 1979 Hong Kong Dark blue Space Network box; plastic tray; no part number on top; © Mattel, Inc. Hawthorne, CA on bottom
Space Battle Box (Mattel Electronics 2612-0510) Mattel Electronics 2612-0510 1979 Hong Kong French-Canadian; dark blue space network box; plastic tray; no part number on top; © Mattel Canada Inc., Toronto, Ontano, Canada (yes, Ontano) on sticker on back
Space Battle Box (Mattel Electronics 2612-0910-G1) Mattel Electronics 2612-0910-G1 1979 Hong Kong French-Canadian outer sleeve (red in color) refers to original Keyboard Component; internally, same as standard 2612-0910-G1; did the internal box vary?
Space Battle Box (Mattel Electronics 2612-0410) Mattel Electronics 2612-0410 1979 Hong Kong International version; dark blue Space Network box; plastic tray; no part number on top; © Mattel, Inc. Hawthorne, CA on sticker on bottom
Space Battle Box (Intellivision Inc. 2612) Intellivision Inc. 2612 1979 U.S.A. Standard Intellivision, Inc. box
Space Battle Box (Sears 3862-0910) Sears 3862-0910 1979 Hong Kong Plastic tray; blue game title on top and back
Space Battle Box (Digiplay) Digiplay N/A 1979 Brazil Mattel Electronics logo on box; no part number apparent; © Mattel Inc. 1979 on front; trayless pocket; manual and overlays in separate slots; game title localized (Batalha Espacial)

Space Battle was one of only two games (that I know of) to change its "network affiliation" (the other was Space Armada). Once Astrosmash, Space Armada, Star Strike and Space Hawk were released, Space Battle jumped ship to the new network. Hence both the red and blue boxes

The other significant variant in the box is that in the European markets, it seems that the box was cut differently, removing all the game-blurb text from the back. This is shown below.

Back of European Release box

Back of European Release Box

The other interesting variation of this box was specifically for the French-Canadian market, it seems. This version has a standard later-generation Space Network box and later English manual revision and a separate French version. The box is wrapped in a cardboard sleeve. Oddly, the sleeve is an Action Network sleeve. I suppose it could have been swapped at some point - I've only seen the one copy that I have.





Space Battle was pretty easy to beat without losing any ships when it first came out. I remember when a friend of mine got his Inty awhile after we had ours - perhaps it was Christmas of 1981. He had Space Battle, too, but when I played at his place, it would kick my ass more often than not. Apparently, Mattel thought the game was too easy, and jacked up the speed on it or something.





A total of nineteen Space Battle manual variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Space Battle Manual (Mattel Electronics 2612-0920) Mattel Electronics 2612-0920 1979 U.S.A. Full color
Space Battle Manual (Mattel Electronics 2612-0920(A)) Mattel Electronics 2612-0920(A) 1979 Hong Kong Purple monochrome; this manual has also surfaced in some PlayCable packages (at least two known sightings)
Space Battle Manual (Mattel Electronics 2612-0920-G1) Mattel Electronics 2612-0920-G1 1979 U.S.A. Orange and dark blue artwork
Space Battle Manual (Mattel Electronics 2612-0920-G1) Mattel Electronics 2612-0920-G1 1979 Hong Kong Orange and dark blue artwork
Image not available. Mattel Electronics 2612-0920-G1 1979 Hong Kong Blue artwork
Space Battle Manual (Mattel Electronics 2612-0920-G1) Mattel Electronics 2612-0920-G1 1979 Hong Kong Purple artwork, no border; submitted by Hankster
Space Battle Manual (Mattel Electronics 2612-8920) Mattel Electronics 2612-8920 1979 Canada French translation; included in 'sleeved' version with a 2612-0920-G1 English manual; orange and dark blue artwork; plain paper as opposed to glossy
Space Battle Manual (Mattel Electronics 2612-0720) Mattel Electronics 2612-0720 1979 Hong Kong French-Canadian dual-language; blue and orange artwork; longer than standard manual size; English cover here
Space Battle Manual (Mattel Electronics 2612-0720) Mattel Electronics 2612-0720 1979 Hong Kong French-Canadian; blue artwork; longer than standard manual size
Space Battle Manual (Mattel Electronics 2612-0820-G-2) Mattel Electronics 2612-0820-G-2 1979 Hong Kong British English version; orange and dark blue artwork
Space Battle Manual (Mattel Electronics 2612-0121) Mattel Electronics 2612-0121 1979 Hong Kong German "ALARM IM ALL"; blue artwork
Image not available. Mattel Electronics 2612-0121 1979 Hong Kong German "ALARM IM ALL"; blue and orange artwork
Space Battle Manual (Mattel Electronics 2612-0920-G1) Mattel Electronics 2612-0920-G1 1979 Hong Kong Dutch; first noted by cmart; high quality, greyscale cover, black & white interior; back cover prominently lists Amfo electronics bv in Rotterdam and Amfo electronics in Antwerpen, as well as Borka bv in Etten-Leur, and Kamlag s.a. in Ternat
Image not available. Mattel Electronics 2612-0131 1979 Hong Kong Italian "BATTAGLIA SPAZIALE"; orange and dark blue artwork
Space Battle Manual (Mattel Electronics PC-2612-0920) Mattel Electronics PC-2612-0920 1979 U.S.A. PlayCable version; submitted by Hankster; also courtesy of Hankster, the back cover
Image not available. Bandai 2612-0201 None   Japanese release by Bandai; noted by voltron and others
Space Battle Manual (Intellivision Inc. 2612-0920-G1) Intellivision Inc. 2612-0920-G1 None U.S.A. Staple along top edge
Space Battle Manual (Sears 3862-0920) Sears 3862-0920 1979 Hong Kong  
Space Battle Manual (Digiplay) Digiplay N/A 1979 Brazil DigiPlay edition; no part number apparent; © M.I. 1979 on back; trayless pocket; manual and overlays in separate slots

Placement of the Trademark symbol next to the Intellivision log on the back cover changed.

Trademark Symbol Bottom Aligned with Intellivision Logo on Back (full-color) (U.S.A.)

Note that the Trademark symbol on the back cover is aligned with the base of the Intellivision logo (full-color)

Trademark Symbol Top Aligned with Intellivision Logo on Back (all monochrome revisions)

Note that the Trademark symbol on the back cover is aligned with the top of the Intellivision logo on all other revisions

There were also some variations of the 'Running Man' and Mattel logo on the back cover.

Running Man Logo and Text on Back (original (U.S.A.))

Back cover of original (U.S.A.)—note ® next to Mattel Electronics logo in the center of the 'running man' rectangle

Running Man Logo and Text on Back (rev. A (Hong Kong))

Back cover of rev. A (Hong Kong)—note ™ next to Mattel Electronics logo in the center of the 'running man' rectangle

Running Man Logo and Text on Back (revs. G1, G2 (U.S.A., Hong Kong))

Back cover of revs. G1, G2 (U.S.A., Hong Kong)—note ™ next to Mattel Electronics logo in the center of the 'running man' rectangle and missing ® in the 'available from Mattel Electronics' text





A total of six Space Battle overlay variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Space Battle Overlay (Mattel Electronics 2612-4289) Mattel Electronics 2612-4289 1979 U.S.A.  
Space Battle Overlay (Mattel Electronics 2612-4289) Mattel Electronics 2612-4289 1979 Hong Kong  
Space Battle Overlay (Digiplay 2612-4289) Digiplay 2612-4289 None   Not localized, but copyright removed—much like an Intellivision, Inc. version
Space Battle Overlay (Phil Boland 49 75212) Phil Boland 49 75212 1979 U.S.A. Part of the Sears Super Video Arcade Overlay Set (2013)
Image not available. Intellivision Productions N/A None   Part of the bonus overlays included with the Sam's Club edition of the 2014 Intellivision Flashback; copyright information has been removed
Image not available. Intellivision Productions N/A 2014 U.S.A. Part of the Supplemental Overlay Pack for Intellivision Flashback




A total of five Space Battle label variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Space Battle Label (Mattel Electronics) Mattel Electronics N/A None   No origin; ™ lower right
Space Battle Label (Mattel Electronics) Mattel Electronics N/A None Hong Kong Origin lower left; ™ lower right
Space Battle Label (Intellivision Inc.) Intellivision Inc. N/A 1979 U.S.A. Origin lower right; © I.I. 1979 to left of origin; ™ small, centered vertically on right edge; smaller label, rounded corners
Space Battle Label (Digiplay) Digiplay N/A None   No origin or copyright; ™ upper right of English title; Portuguese title (BATALHA ESPACIAL) appears below larger English title
Space Battle Label (Phil Boland) Phil Boland N/A None   Part of the Sears Super Video Arcade Overlay Set (2013)




Title Screen Title screen for Space Battle.
Central Command The long-range scanner is where you plot strategy for defending your mothership.
Cockpit View In the cockpit, you blast away the aliens.




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