Created in 1987 by Worlds of Wonder, the Action Max console used VHS tapes as games.
The system required the owner to also have a VHS player, as the console did not have a way to play tapes. Using a light gun players would shoot at the screen. To make this work a red sensor first had to be connected to the television screen, which would flash a circle when something on the screen was targetable. The gaming was strictly point-based and dependent on shot accuracy. Players could not truly lose or win a game. This, and the fact that the only real type of game on the system were light gun games that played exactly the same way every time, greatly limited the system's appeal and led to its quick downfall.
Only Six games where released on this system.
38 Ambush Alley Blue Thunder Fright Night Hydrosub: 2021 The Rescue of Pops Ghostly Sonic Fury (This was included in game package)
Good Lord, video tapes? Did that mean you the games had to load up like the Amstrad CPC 646 and Commodore 64? While that was a pain in the face with those computers they tapes were nowhere near as big as a video tape. Jesus that would have been bloody awkward and cumbersome. No wonder they died off quickly.