The Benz Bonz multi cartridge for the Commodore VIC-20 has been on my hardware wish list for some time now and I’d just about given up hope on getting one. Originally these cartridges where made in very very limited quantity and according to the wiki page, only 102 were sold worldwide and is now no longer in production.
That was until fellow RCM member Richard sought and received permission to produce another limited run. Again, these were all snapped up rather quickly and I missed out once more. Fast forward a year and Richard had been hinted at the prospect of another small run based on a few spare boards he had left over and when I met with him again at yesterdays RCM’s gaming event, he placed a rectangle PCB in my hand….you can probably guess what it was.
Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! Thank you Richard!
The Benz Bonz multicart contains every VIC-20 cartridge game released (up until VIC-20 production stopped) which equates to 127 vintage games on this one cartridge. All instantly load able via a handy fronted menu.
A full list of all included games can be found at the bottom of this post.
The bare PCB required a case so as not to get damaged. For mine, I’ve sacrificed that grubby Cosmic Crunch cartridge I received with my VC-20 the other week.
One I’d removed the centre screw holding the two case halves together, I had to run a sharp knife along the case seams as it looked like some sort of glue had been used.
Always handy to keep rough looking cartridges, you never know when you might need one.
Original game PCB and Behr Bonz which was almost an exact fit. I had to scrap away a millimetre of interior plastic for a complete fit.
Scary bit next – drilling a hole through the PCB to accommodate the case screw. Without it, the PCB might slide around inside the case when inserting into the VIC-20 cartridge slot.
Richard had left a small square of bare PCB for which to drill a hole. I used my Dremel & three mini drill bits, gradually increasing the size of the bit and hole. I could have gone straight for the large bit but i wasn’t sure if it would crack the board without a pilot hole.
All done…can I stop sweating now?
With the PCB now inside the case I test fitted into cartridge port. A bit snug at first so after a few more adjustments to the screw it fitted perfectly.
easier after a few
Have I damaged the board?
A quick go on Gorf and Defender and I’ll write about some of the other games in a later post. One in particular is becoming very addictive!
Back at my PC, I’ve started working on a replacement custom label for the case using Photoshop. I’m all out of adhesive label paper so have not be able to print it yet, but to give you an idea of what it’ll look like, I’ve superimposed the image on my image above.
As tribute to Richard
Here’s the complete game list -
Attack of the Mutant Camels
Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom
Capture the Flag
Clowns for Joystick
Clowns for paddle
Final Orbit + Bumper Bash
IFR (Flight Simulator)
In the chips
Jelly Monsters (clone of Pacman)
Princess and Frog
Radar Rat Race
Raid on Fort Knox
Scott Adams: Adventure Land
Scott Adams: Mission Impossible
Scott Adams: Pirate’s Cove
Scott Adams: The Count
Scott Adams: Voodoo Castle
Sargon II Chess
SPIDERS OF MARS
Spills and Fills
Star Trek – Srategic Operations Simulator
The Sky is Falling
Visible Solar System