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Three simple games, but fun. An analogue of Atari's Combat?

Triple ActionGraphics: 2
Sound: 2
Replay Value: 4
Notes: 1- or 2-player game (really 2-player)
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Without a doubt, if you're familiar with Intellivision history, you already have been indoctrinated that the Biplanes game in Triple Action is the reason to get this game. I agree. We played that almost exclusively. It's a blast! The other two games, a car racer and a tank battle, are OK.

In Biplanes, you duke it out with your opponent in a battle for supremacy in the skies. The graphics are simple, and control is a bit tough, but the physics are fun, and it's that that makes this game so fun. The various ways you can lose control of your plane, and the aerobatic maneuvers that you can accomplish make this cart worth owning.

The Racing Cars game is clearly the weakest game of this triad. You and your (optional) opponent simply race down a straightaway and dodge traffic. The graphics are probably the best of the three, but it is a dull game.

Of course no system is complete without it's own version of Combat. In this case, it's called Battle Tanks, and it's a passable game. Perhaps I should be ashamed to admit it, but I've always rather liked Combat-type games, so I find this game enjoyable. Because it's faster paced than Armor Battle, it's perhaps better than that game from an action standpoint - but not in terms of strategy.




ROM No ROM variants have been identified.
Box So far, eight variations have been found.
Manual Fourteen variants have been identified.
Overlays Three different overlay variations are known to exist.
Label To date, six labels have been recorded.
Easter Eggs No Easter Eggs have been found.




A total of eight Triple Action box variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Triple Action Box (Mattel Electronics 3760-0910) Mattel Electronics 3760-0910 1981 U.S.A. Trayless pocket; no part number on top; © Mattel, Inc. Hawthorne, CA on bottom
Image not available. Mattel Electronics 3760-0910 1981 Hong Kong Plastic tray; no part number on top; © Mattel, Inc. Hawthorne, CA on bottom
Image not available. Mattel Electronics 3760-0510 1981 Hong Kong French-Canadian; plastic tray; no part number on top; © Mattel Canada Inc., Toronto, Ontario, Canada on back
Triple Action Box (Mattel Electronics 3760-0410) Mattel Electronics 3760-0410 1981 Hong Kong International Edition; plastic tray; no part number on top; © Mattel, Inc. Hawthorne, CA on bottom
Triple Action Box (Intellivision Inc. 3760) Intellivision Inc. 3760 1981 U.S.A. Standard Intellivision, Inc. box
Triple Action Box (Sears 5403-0910) Sears 5403-0910 1981 U.S.A. Trayless pocket; blue game title on top and back; game title on top of box rotated 180 deg. compared to the standard case
Triple Action Box (Digiplay) Digiplay N/A 1982 Brazil Digiplay version (not yet confirmed); Mattel Electronics logo on box; no part number apparent; © Mattel Inc. 1982 on front; trayless pocket; manual and overlays in separate slots; note the erroneous © 1981, 1982 Data East Inc. copyright on the front—perhaps a copy error from the Lock 'n' Chase box?; NOTE: both Digiplay and Digimed versions exist; hat-tip: Steve Jones
Image not available. Digiplay N/A 1982 Brazil Digimed version; Mattel Electronics logo on box; no part number apparent; © Mattel Inc. 1982 on front; trayless pocket; manual and overlays in separate slots; note the erroneous © 1981, 1982 Data East Inc. copyright on the front—perhaps a copy error from the Lock 'n' Chase box?; NOTE: both Digiplay and Digimed versions exist; hat-tip: Steve Jones




A total of fourteen Triple Action manual variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Triple Action Manual (Mattel Electronics 3760-0920) Mattel Electronics 3760-0920 1981 U.S.A. Brown, blue and white artwork; this manual has also surfaced in some PlayCable packages (at least two known sightings)
Triple Action Manual (Mattel Electronics 3760-0920) Mattel Electronics 3760-0920 1981 Hong Kong Brown, blue and white artwork
Triple Action Manual (Mattel Electronics 3760-0920) Mattel Electronics 3760-0920 1981 Hong Kong Blue and grey artwork
Image not available. Mattel Electronics 3760-0720 1981 Hong Kong French-Canadian; blue and grey artwork
Triple Action Manual (Mattel Electronics 3760-6003) Mattel Electronics 3760-6003 1981 Hong Kong International Edition; blue and grey artwork; English, German, Italian, Spanish and French
Triple Action Manual (Mattel Electronics 3760-0121) Mattel Electronics 3760-0121 1981 Hong Kong German; brown and blue artwork
Triple Action Manual (Mattel Electronics 3760-0161) Mattel Electronics 3760-0161 1981 Hong Kong Dutch; noted and image contributed by cmart; need confirmation of part number, other appearance details
Triple Action Manual (Mattel Electronics 3760-0131) Mattel Electronics 3760-0131 1981 Hong Kong Italian; blue artwork; image courtesy of Oscar G.
Image not available. Mattel Electronics 3760-0131 1981 Hong Kong Italian; brown and dark blue artwork; spotted in eBay auction
Triple Action Manual (Mattel Electronics 3760-0151) Mattel Electronics 3760-0151 None   Swedish translation by LEAB; black and white manual only; shrinkwrapped to what I suspect is a still shrinkwrapped box - no copyright date or origin visible
Image not available. Bandai ???? None   Japanese release by Bandai; need verification of origin, date, part number, et. al.
Triple Action Manual (Intellivision Inc. 3760-0920) Intellivision Inc. 3760-0920 None U.S.A. Accordion-style folding; origin on front cover, as well as All Rights Reserved.—which is usually removed from I.I. manuals
Triple Action Manual (Sears 5403-0920) Sears 5403-0920 1981 U.S.A.  
Triple Action Manual (Digiplay) Digiplay N/A 1979 Brazil No part number apparent; © M.I. 1979 on back




A total of four Triple Action overlay variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Triple Action Overlay (Mattel Electronics 3760-4289) Mattel Electronics 3760-4289 1981 U.S.A.  
Triple Action Overlay (Digiplay) Digiplay N/A 1981   Localized in Brazilian Portuguese
Triple Action Overlay (Phil Boland 49 75230) Phil Boland 49 75230 1981 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 six Triple Action label variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Image not available. Mattel Electronics N/A None U.S.A. Origin upper right; ™ upper right; small label, rounded corners; submitted by Hankster
Triple Action Label (Mattel Electronics) Mattel Electronics N/A None U.S.A. Origin upper right; ™ upper right; large label, slightly rounded corners
Triple Action Label (Mattel Electronics) Mattel Electronics N/A None Hong Kong Origin upper right; ™ upper right
Triple Action Label (Intellivision Inc.) Intellivision Inc. N/A 1981 U.S.A. Origin lower right; © I.I. 1981 to left of origin; ™ small, centered vertically on right edge; smaller label, rounded corners
Triple Action Label (Digiplay) Digiplay N/A None   Digiplay version; ™ upper right; large red label, rounded corners
Triple Action Label (Phil Boland) Phil Boland N/A None   Part of the Sears Super Video Arcade Overlay Set (2013)




Title Screen Title screen for Triple Action.
Battle Tanks Actually, Battle Tanks is quite a bit of fun. Nice number of variations to give you your dose of Combat on the Intellivision.
Racing Cars This 'game' seems like filler material, really.
Biplanes Triple Action is worth getting just for this game. Some may argue that an Intellivision is worth getting just for this game! We had a blast just flying around. Truly, one of the defining games for the Intellivision, simply because it is so frickin' fun!




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