The Max Machine (also known as the UltiMax in USA / Canada; and the VC-10 in Germany) was a games console with a membrane keyboard released by Commodore in Japan in early 1982.
The machine was essentially a very cut-down C64 – the C64 and C128 were designed to have compatibility with MAX Machine cartridges.
Around 24 cartridges were released for the machine, many of these would be later repackaged as C64 games. A lot of the games were made for Commodore by HAL Laboratory.
Popular Max Machine / Ultimax games
Radar Rat Race
Wizard of Wor
Emulating the MAX Machine / UltiMax can be done using the VICE emulator, which is available on many platforms.
|Windows / Mac OS / Linux||MAME/MESS||Good Support. Setname:
|Windows / MacOS / Linux / more||VICE||The C64 version of VICE can emulate MAX Machine .crt cartridges.|
Emulator information last updated 6th August 2020
Tech Specs and further details
|Name||MAX Machine / UltiMax / VC-10 / VIC-10|
|Origin||United States / Japan|
|Developed by||Yashi Terakura|
|Display Output||RF Output|
|Storage||ROM Cartridges, ports for cassette|
|Input||Built-in Membrane Keyboard|
|Cost||$180 at launch|
|Additional Names||MAX Machine (Japan) / UltiMax (US / Canada) / VC-10 (Germany)|
- http://www.multimax.co/ - MultiMax is a cartridge for the MAX Machine / UltiMax which contains all the games ever released for the system. The website also gives some background information on the machine.