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The Action Network consists of an interesting and eclectic collection of games. The earliest entries, Armor Battle and Space Battle, followed by Sea Battle, formed a solid, if pedestrian, foundation. The most interesting aspect is that Mattel, at least early on, was not afraid to require two players for their non-sports titles. After suffering some attacks because of this, their approach changed, as reflected in most of the other titles.

Cartridge Count 14/14 (15/15)

Note: The 15/15 count includes the Action Network versions of Space Battle and Space Armada.
Note: Space Battle is counted as an Action Network title, since it was originally widely released as such.
Note: The PC icon indicates a title confirmed to have been published on the PlayCable system.



Action Network
Title Item No. Manual Overlays Rarity Notes
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Cartridge Box Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Cartridge 3410 Yes

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Cartridge Overlay

2

C1PC; game review / info
Armor Battle Box Armor Battle 1121 Yes

Armor Battle Overlay

2

C2PC Early versions came with a full-color manual and a box with FOR T.V. VIEWING ONLY text above title; apparently the PlayCable release used the Hong Kong G1 manual (validated also by Hankster); game review / info
Frog Bog Box Frog Bog 5301 Yes

Frog Bog Overlay

2

U2PC Hankster reports that the U.S.A. version of the manual has appeared in a PlayCable set—still need clarification if it's a blue/blue or blue/green version of the manual; game review / info
Lock 'n' Chase Box Lock 'n' Chase 5637 Yes

Lock 'n' Chase Overlay

2

C3PC; manual color variation; have yet to confirm ROM variant in the wild; game review / info
Night Stalker Box Night Stalker 5305 Yes

Night Stalker Overlay

2

C3PC; game review / info
Sea Battle Box Sea Battle 1818 Yes

Sea Battle Overlay

2

C2PC; game review / info
Shark! Shark! Box Shark! Shark! 5787 Yes

Shark! Shark! Overlay

2

U1PC; game review / info
Sharp Shot Box Sharp Shot 5638 Yes

Sharp Shot Overlay

2

U1PC; game review / info
SNAFU Box SNAFU 3758 Yes

SNAFU Overlay

2

C2PC The standard U.S.A. manual has surfaced in at least two PlayCable sets; game review / info
Space Armada Box Space Armada 3759 Yes

Space Armada Overlay

2

C3PC Both Space Network and Action Network (rare?) boxes exist; the 3759-0920 (Hong Kong) manual has been reported in multiple PlayCable sets as well; game review / info
Space Battle Box Space Battle 2612 Yes

Space Battle Overlay

2

C3PC Both Action Network and Space Network versions exist, as well as ROM variants; early copies had full-color manual; the 2612-0920(A) (Hong Kong) manual has been reported in at least two PlayCable sets; game review / info
Sub Hunt Box Sub Hunt 3408 Yes

Sub Hunt Overlay

2

C1PC Oddy, my PlayCable set has a copy of the Sears manual; were they just tossing in whatever they could find by then?; game review / info
Triple Action Box Triple Action 3760 Yes

Triple Action Overlay

2

C2PC Both Hankster's and my PlayCable sets contain a copy of the 3760-0920 (U.S.A.) manual; game review / info
Tron Deadly Discs Box Tron Deadly Discs 5391 Yes

Tron Deadly Discs Overlay

2

C1Most interesting variations are manual colors; game review / info
Tron Maze-A-Tron Box Tron Maze-A-Tron 5392 Yes

Tron Maze-A-Tron Overlay

2

U1Not sure if this was really a PlayCable title, but a copy of the 5392-0920 (U.S.A.) manual is in my PlayCable set; game review / info