New Team Pixelboy Games

I recently ordered a couple of new game cartridges from Team Pixelboy. Apparently these will be some of the last games that they will be publishing. The 2 games I picked up are “Utopia” and “Space Shuttle: A Journey Into Space”.

Boxes (front)

Boxes (back)

As you can see, the boxes themselves are beautiful and the games come complete with full colour manuals and high-quality overlays for the ColecoVision controllers.

Space Shuttle is a highly advanced space shuttle mission simulation that is so detailed that the game includes a separate “sub-manual” for each stage of the 4-part mission:

  • Launch
  • Stabilizing Orbit and Satellite Docking
  • De-orbit Burn and Reentry
  • Landing

I quickly read through all the manuals - there is a lot to digest but they are well written and very helpful. The game features a 3 different flight modes (levels) starting with automatic flight and working up to a fully unassisted simulation. After playing through the auto flight once I decided to give flight mode #2 a try. After a couple of scrubbed launches I was able to launch successfully but eventually veered off course leading to an aborted mission. It is going to take a while for me to master this one! Thankfully, that’s exactly what I was hoping for with this game - a space sim that I can really dig into.

Utopia is a ColecoVision version of the Intellivision classic world-building strategy game. I’m pretty sure back when the original Utopia game came out there was nothing else like it on any other platform. It’s been a while since I played Utopia on my Intellivision Flashback but it is a great game and I’m thrilled to have it for my ADAM – especially since this version allows playing against the computer.

If you are interested in seeing some gameplay video you can check out electricadventures YouTube video where he plays both games as well as a third one (Arabian) which I did not get.

Between these two very different games I’m sure I’ve got hours of fun ahead of me! 🌍🚀

☘️ Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Go and check out Joe Blenkle’s wonderful collection of multimedia disks over on This image is from his St. Patrick’s Day 2023 disk.

St. Patrick’s Day image


Hey Adamites! Hope your #FebruADAM is going well. I just wanted to shine a light on an ADAM BBS that Milli has recently brought online. This isn’t just any BBS though – this one is actually being served from an ADAM! Milli is running a Pro Edition of Shawn Merrick’s ADAMBBS software that Shawn is once again actively working on after a lengthy hiatus. The first version of ADAMBBS was released back in the 80s so it’s incredible that Shawn is back on the project. I highly recommend you give the BBS a “call” using your internet-connected ADAM or even using a telnet client if you have one. You can also visit the Adam BBS on Telnet BBS Guide and use their handy web-based client. Lots of options so sign in and say hello! Here’s the address:

Coleco Adam BBS welcome screen

Goodbye Twitter. Hello, Mastodon!

Due to recent changes at Twitter, I’ll no longer be cross-posting content there. Fortunately, I discovered that (the cool service that powers this blog) provides some slick Mastodon integration. If you’re on Mastodon, you can now follow this blog via

A fun new piece of ADAM hardware from Lundy Electronics arrived just in time for #FebruAdam! Stay tuned…

Space Junk is a fun little low resolution (GR mode) game written in SmartBASIC by Brian Sawyer in 1984. It’s available on the SmartBASIC Games III disk.

Space Junk video game screen

⏬ Fresh Digital Data Packs #ColecoADAM

🤫 Top Secret File - Wacky Word Games (Coleco 1984)

Soldering for Super Sound

I recently got the ADAM-beige variant of Opcode’s Super Game Module (SGM). It’s a great expansion for the Coleco ADAM (or ColecoVision) and probably my favourite thing about it is its amazing audio capabilities. Games that are SGM-enhanced can feature incredible music and sound effects thanks to the SGM’s sound chip.

Unfortunately there’s a slight problem enjoying that great sound thanks to a design flaw with ADAM’s wiring. The misplacement of a single wire that runs from the 7-pin DIN (A/V port) results in unbalanced audio. Essentially, ADAM’s own audio works fine but the audio produced by any side-expansion units like the Super Game Module or Expansion Module #1 would have very low volume. That left me with two options:

  1. Turn the volume on my TV way up when playing SGM games and deal with resulting humming/buzzing it produces.
  2. Fix the wiring. Using a soldering iron.

After a week or so of pretending I could live with option one I eventually worked up the nerve to attempt the fix. John Lundy wrote a helpful document that sums up the issue and how to fix it. For experienced hardware tinkerers or engineers this is a very simple job. As for me, I’d honestly never used a soldering iron before so it was a daunting task!

After dismantling my ADAM – my one and only ADAM that I’ve had since the 80s – I found the green wire that needed relocation. I first removed the blob of dried up hot glue that covered the spot where the wire was connected to the board. Here’s what I was looking at:

I hesitantly heated up the soldering iron and got to work trying to remove the wire. After after a few seconds of trying (and burning the green covering of the wire in the process) I decided it’d be easier to snip the wire as close to the board as I could instead. See the capacitor located at C88 in the photo? The fix is to solder the wire to the right side of that capacitor. As I said earlier I’d never worked with a soldering iron before. I was nervous! My hands were shaking so much and I couldn’t get the solder to hold the wire in place. Eventually, my persistence paid off and I got the job done. Here’s the “after” shot:

I know… definitely not the neatest job! The slight scorch marks on the capacitor had me worried that I might’ve damaged it. I reassembled my ADAM and powered up. I was relieved when the familiar beep of ADAM’s SmartWriter greeted me so I excitedly fired up an SGM game (Thexder) and soaked up the glorious sound! Mission accomplished.

Friday night fun awaits with my new Opcode Super Game Module! #ColecoADAM #ColecoVision

Opcode Super Game Module for Coleco ADAM

ADAM CP/M Software… On A Cartridge?!

William “Milli” Hicks posted a very interesting video on his 8-bit Milli YouTube channel yesterday. Using a disassembly of ADAM’s CP/M boot loader code he learned that it contains a routine which automatically copies files located on a cartridge over to the RAM disk! This is a very cool undocumented feature. Why was this code in there? Did Coleco have plans to utilize this capability and market CP/M cartridges? Nobody knows for sure! It’s yet another little ADAM gem that makes me wonder what we might’ve seen had things turned out differently for Coleco and ADAM.

As you can see in the video Milli created a custom cartridge containing Microsoft BASIC and was able to have CP/M automatically install its contents on the RAM disk. He also created a MOUNT program which he can run from the command line to copy cartridge files to the RAM disk without rebooting. This would enable the user to quickly install new CP/M software from a different cartridge. I am hoping that Milli spends more time experimenting with this concept and that maybe he’ll even make some custom CP/M cartridges available in the future.

Today I discovered an excellent Z80 Reference app on the iOS App Store. It’s a complete & searchable reference to the Z80 CPU instruction set and even includes sample code! This is a free download so go get it now if you have an iPhone or iPad. #Z80 #8bit

Gotta get started on my taxes soon… luckily ADAM has me covered. 😉 #ColecoADAM #TaxTipThursday

Coleco ADAM Tax Planner software box

Custom ColecoVision Gamepad Controller

I’ve always been a big fan of the original NES D-pad style controllers. After all, I spent many hours of my youth holding one! So… when I discovered a shop on eBay that was making & selling custom ColecoVision controllers in this style I had to have one. 🤤

It arrived this week and its even better than I expected. The care that went into making this controller is very evident when you see it and even more so when you hold it. The build quality is remarkable and it actually feels even better than I remember the old NES controller being. Not to mention - it just looks great! Retrogameboyz has truly done a wonderful job on this product.

Of course, by not featuring a numeric keypad like the standard Coleco controller there are some games (mainly ones that utilize overlays) that won’t be playable with this. However the vast majority will play just fine and (bonus) will be made even more enjoyable by virtue of it simply being more comfortable than the original ColecoVision controller. The “select” and “start” buttons on this controller have been wisely mapped to the keypad *️⃣ and 1️⃣ buttons, respectively. This combo will get you through the start screens and select screens of most games. For games where this is insufficient you can connect a standard Coleco controller with a Y-cable to port 1 or do what I do and leave a Coleco controller plugged into the second joystick port. If all else fails, you can simply swap the controller in port 1 after the menu screen.

This controller - combined with my recently acquired AtariMax Ultimate SD will provide me with hours of retro gaming fun on my ADAM! If you’re interested in getting one of these awesome gamepad controllers visit Retrogameboyz on eBay. He also offers custom-styled versions for other retro systems like the TI-99 4A, Sega Master System, Atari, MSX, Commodore 64, Amiga, Odyssey, and even Vectrex. Game on! 👾

Atarimax Ultimate SD

Look what arrived at my door this week! This is the Atarimax Ultimate SD cartridge.

This beauty lets me easily play any ColecoVision game ever made in addition to the hundreds of quality homebrew indie games that are available. Believe it or not, awesome new games are still being designed and released for ColecoVision/ADAM after all these years!

While the old original games were all 32K or less, many of the new ROMs are much larger featuring enhanced graphics and sound. My ADE Lite drive already has the capability to load (most) of the 32K ROM files but any of the larger games were out of reach for me… until now!

If you’re interested in picking one up for yourself head over to

Atarimax Ultimate SD cartridge


For day 2 of #FebruADAM let’s time travel all the way back to September 28, 1983 and watch as Coleco introduces ADAM to the public. 🍿


Of course I’m wearing this T-shirt today! 🙂 #FebruADAM

ADAM t-shirt

#FebruADAM Starts Today!

🥳 The very first #FebruADAM has begun! Conceived by Milli in the spirit of #SepTandy and #DOSember, #FebruADAM is the month dedicated to our favourite 8-bit computer, the Coleco ADAM. Celebrate the #ColecoADAM by sharing content with the hashtag #FebruADAM!


GR mode is GRRReat! 🐯

Had some fun this morning messing around with SmartBASIC and ADAM’s low resolution graphics (GR) mode. I’ve always loved the simplicity of its 40x40 grid and the fact that it has a convenient text area below it. I was working with sprites while in GR mode and it looks promising. Drawing and animating the higher resolution sprite over the chunky blocks of GR graphics certainly makes for an interesting combination. I’m feeling like its even got potential for some 👾 game concepts. We’ll see!

A sprite in ADAM's GR graphics mode.

📷 8-bit Winter Blues ❄️ #ColecoADAM

Coleco ADAM

📰 Start spreading the news: February will henceforth be known as #FebruADAM! #ColecoADAM

Attention ADAMites: William “Milli” Hicks is launching a new YouTube channel completely dedicated to the #ColecoADAM! Milli really knows his stuff so this is a channel you’ll definitely want to watch… subscribe today! ☑️🔔

🕹 Played “Alcazar” on #ColecoADAM for the first time today. Spent way more time playing it than I intended to… a sign of a great game! 👍

Screenshot of Alcazar (1986) for Coleco ADAM

Here Comes The MIB! 😎

No, not the Men In Black.

I’m talking about the new MIB238 (Multi-purpose Interface Board) for the Coleco ADAM! The MIB238 is an incredibly versatile expansion card that installs in slot #2 and provides ADAM with these amazing features:

  • 2 RS-232 serial ports
  • 1 parallel port
  • 1 boot PROM socket
  • 1 memory expansion addressor

All of that functionality is packed onto one elegant board. To make things even more incredible this board doesn’t require any external power source… it is completely powered by the ADAM itself. You can see why I consider this to be the holy grail of ADAM expansion cards!

The MIB238 was created by Eric Pearson. Eric is one of the most knowledgeable people in the ADAM community and his contributions are many (including the awesome SD-DDP drive). His MIB238 project is a modern redesign of the legendary Micro Innovations “MIB3” card. An original MIB3 card for ADAM is almost impossible to find these days (I’ve tried!) so a new card offering 100% compatibility with the original is a true godsend. You can find Eric’s project on GitHub. I was personally thrilled when Eric announced it because it provides ADAM owners with a viable option for bringing their beloved computers online or connecting them to other peripherals like dot matrix printers or 80-column displays. The only problem (for me) is that the MIB238 is a DIY hardware project that is above my skill set. Enter John Lundy.

John Lundy consistently builds top-notch hardware for the ADAM. His tiny-but-mighty ADE Lite was one of the first things I bought when I got back into ADAM computing. His work is impeccable! So when I saw on Facebook that he would be putting together a small run of MIB238 cards I snapped one up in an instant. It arrived this week and it does not disappoint. Here’s a picture of it in all its glory:

MIB238 Card with Cables

As you can see, I got one serial cable and one parallel cable with the card. I don’t currently have a dot matrix printer but I may get one some day so I have the parallel cable just in case. The serial cable will be connected to my WiModem232 to get my ADAM on the internet again since my external Orphanware/HLM-GLK serial device is (sadly) no longer operational.

The MIB238 installed in my ADAM

As I mentioned, the card installs in slot #2 which meant I did have to remove my dedicated RAM expansion addressor card. However, this was not a problem since the MIB238 includes an addressor connection wire which works flawlessly with my MicroFox 256K RAM expander.

The MIB238 card is simply an incredible addition to my ADAM and I really want to thank Eric and John for making it a reality!

ADAMLink splash screen

ADAMLink connecting to the Level 29 BBS