Coleco Telstar

Coleco Telstar Marksman

The Telstar Marksman is a first-generation video game console that featured a light gun. It was released by Coleco in 1978. Because it had manufacturer-set amount of games, it is considered a dedicated console. It was part of a series of Coleco Telstar Pong-based consoles; it is essentially a Telstar Colortron bundled with a "3 in 1" light gun and two shooting games. The Marksman light gun is a pistol that features an attachable stock and barrel. It is similar in this regard to the later-released Stack Light Rifle and the Sega Menacer. The elongated barrel included a simple aiming sight.

In addition to the Light gun, the system featured two paddle controllers built directly into the console. Its reported features included "on-screen digital scoring" and three different difficulty settings (beginner, intermediate, pro). It required two nine-volt batteries or Coleco's Perma Power AC adaptor to power the system.

Technical Information

  • CPU: General Instrument AY-3-8512 chipset
  • Sound: One channel beeper
  • Display: 4 simultaneously displayed colors
  • Media Format: Cartridge


The console came bundled with six color games: Tennis, Hockey, Handball, Jai-Alai, Skeet and Target. The first four games are variations on Pong, The last two games are single player shooting games that utilized the light gun.

All of the games are incredibly simple compared to the games of today or even the early 1980s. The sports games were minor variations on Pong, with differences in the number of paddles, players, and the main surface to bounce objects off of. Skeet consisted of aiming and shooting at a square that moved diaganally across the screen in one direction, while Target was a variation that made the same square bounce around on the screen.

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