Volly Industries Ltd. - The 1st Arcade Manufacturer in Canada!


This is a page about the very first arcade manufacturer in Canada called: "Volly Industries Ltd.". This is still a "work-in-progress" page so check from time to time if there is any new updates and if anyone has informations about Volly Industries, Vend-O-Matic or any arcades games listed here, please send me an e-mail! =)

Volly Industries was the very first "video game arcade" manufacturer which was establish in Montreal, Quebec province. The manufacture opened in 1973 and was closed in 1975 or 1976 (anyone can confirm this?). But not many knows that Volly Industries was an affiliate of Ramtek Corporation (Sunnyvale, CA), which Ramtek wanted to sells and distributes their arcades in Canada. Ramtek decided to take the name of their very first arcade game called "Volly" (a Tennis game based on Atari Pong) to open-up a new affiliate here in Canada. But there is also another company associated with Volly Industries called: Vend-O-Matic Industries (or Vendomatic), which was established also in Montreal (check out the picture below):


As far all the informations that are on the internet (TAFA, KLOV, etc...), Volly Industries released not 6 but 8 arcade games plus an arcade cocktail cabinet called "Happy Hour" which you could interchanged motherboards. Here's the list of all arcade video games released by Volly and their Ramtek conterparts:


Game Title Year   Type Ramtek
Batter Up1974Sports (Baseball)Deluxe Baseball
Countdown1974QuadrapongWipe Out
Crossfire1974Unknown (Released ?)Knock Out ??
Flip Out (Cocktail & Upright)1975Knock-OutClean Sweep
Happy Hour (Cocktail Cabinet Table)1974Arcade Cabinet-N/A-
Hockey1973Ball & PaddleHockey
Hockey (Happy Hour Cocktail)1973Ball & PaddleSoccer
Scoring1973Ball & PaddleHockey (?)
Tennis1973Ball & PaddleVolly




Volly Industries Arcades Games (in Chronology Order)


  Tennis

* For 1 or 2 Players
* Black & White display
* x2 Paddles Knobs (on Control Panel)

From the flyer:
Here's a total different video game, one that simulates the play of tennis. One knob controls the right paddle, enabling two players to satisfy their natural competitive spirit, in keeping the volly going as long as possible. For a single player it challenges physical dexterity and game playing skill.

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  Hockey

* For 1 or 2 Players
* Black & White display
* x2 Paddles Knobs (on Control Panel)

From the flyer:
Here's a total different video game, one that simulates the dynamic power play in hockey. One knob controls both the defensive goalie and the offensive forwards, enabling two players to satisfy their natural competitive spirit. For a single player hockey offers the maximum challenge to physical dexterity and game playing skill.

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  Scoring

* For 2 or 4 Players
* Black & White display
* x4 Paddles Knobs (on Control Panel)

From the flyer:
SCORING now features simulating speeded-up play. A new dimention - now you can't accidentally hit the puck back into your own end. Instead, this becomes an offensive play as the puck continues through to your bat to your opponent's end with a controllable deflection.



  Crossfire

* For ? Players
* Black & White display (?)
* x? (on Control Panel)

From Trade.mar.cx & Seravia.com:
Coin operated electronic amusement games incorporating computerized logic reasoning boards for installation in public places. Date Filed: 1974-01-23. Serial # related: CA371835. Registration Number: TMA206896.

## Extra Notes: It maybe Ramtek Knock Out game but since there is no pictures, flyers or screenshots available, this is still a guess to known which game exactly it is and also, if it was really released.

Screenshot of maybe Crossfire/Knock Out ??:


  Countdown - A Game of Elimination!

* For 2 or 4 Players
* Black & White display
* x4 Paddles Knobs (on Control Panels)

From the flyer:
Each player starts with 5 points, ad loses a point everytime he allows a goal. When he's down to zero, he's out of the game. But the game goes on with the remaining players... until there's only one player left - the winner!

Screenshot:


  Batter Up

* For 1 or 2 Players
* Black & White display with color overlay
* x4 Paddles Knobs (on Control Panels)

From the flyer:
Player Appeal: Challenge will last, with unlimited pitching variations, "soft" buttons for precision player action - all the moves of real baseball. Dynamic Styling: High image cabinet and front glass - colourful stadium - plastic play field overlays video screen.

Screenshot:


### NOTE: This is the same game released by Midway called "Tornado Baseball" or Taito's Ball Park, which has a CPU. This board game doesn't have any CPU, it's all TTL's and ROMs. Very weird...


  Flip-Out (Upright & Cocktail version)

* For 1 or 2 Players
* Black & White display
* x2 Paddles Knobs (on Control Panel)

From the flyer:
Another game hit that will sustain player interest for a long time to come. Now a rebound shot not only returns from boundaries but zings back at players even from a dot. This abrupt deflection calls for greater alertness on the part of players and increases the thrills.

Screenshot (from Ramtek Clean Sweep):


  Happy Hour (Cocktail Cabinet)

* Arcade cabinet that can accept either the game "Hockey" or "Countdown"
* Black & White display

### Check "Hockey" and "Countdown" for details. ###



  Hockey (Happy Hour Cocktail)

* For 2 or 4 Players
* Black & White display
* x4 Paddles Knobs (on Control Panel)

## Volly Hockey Cocktail is in fact Ramtek Soccer game. ##

From the Ramtek Soccer flyer:
Here's an action-packed video game on the growing interest in European type soccer. Using the same designs that have made Ramtek's "Volly" and "Hockey" overnight successes, Soccer can be played by either two or four players. This means more competitive involvement for increased replays.

Screenshot:





 




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