The biblio Vectrex 1.11 is now available. 3 news scans of european boxes in this update with Berzerk, Blitz ! and Spike. The last one is a funny UFO : a kind of false 3D platform game with characters which can speak. Probably the first digital voices in a video game !
Two little gems in my mail box this morning : Solar Quest and Rip Off. The “cassette” boxes are in an excellent shape, which is pretty rare for 25 years old games ! Two fun games, especially Rip Off (the Solar Quest filter is quite basic : only a yellow spot in the middle of the screen – the sun – on a blue background) : you have to protect a pack of small triangles – fuel cells – from pirate ships stealing them. You have to shoot the pirates ! Some kamikazes are among the ennemies, to kill you, but you are not the primary target. It is a difficult but original game !
You can find a tutorial on Youtube here :
Some of my readers told me that they could not remember the Vectrex console. Not at all, really ? Here is a quick video compiling some great & famous games of this system, especially the amazing Scramble (released on Xbox live recently) :
Is it working ? Are you remembering it ? A console with a built-in screen, displaying blue/white vectors and using filters to simulate colors ? That’s it ! The Vectrex from Milton Bradley !
La console MB Vectrex reste un OVNI dans la paysage vidéoludique du XXème siècle : écran intégré à la console, graphismes vectoriels, premier casque 3D, utilisation de filtres. Elle est vraiment unique et offrit des sensations qu’on ne retrouvera que 10 à 15 ans plus tard.
Le 3D imager est donc un casque permettant de profiter d’un rendu type 3D sur les (3) jeux prévus à cet effet. Cet accessoire ultra-rare ne fut commercialisé qu’aux USA, en 1983. On peut difficilement le trouver dans un état irréprochable pour moins de 1000 dollars.
Mais il y a une solution !
I have the great pleasure to announce you the release of the Vectrex section and its associated finder tool. I will list in few weeks the games released in Japan by Bandaï. I think the list is pretty reliable to be published, but as asual, your opinion is very precious in case of errors.