Spike's Circus for the GCE/Milton Bradley Vectrex Now Released!

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Spike's Circus animation: (Image from Vectorzoa Website, creators of the Vectrex game)Spike's Circus animation: (Image from Vectorzoa Website, creators of the Vectrex game)Well, the Vectrex continues to battle the Atari 2600 for the best homebrew console award. It's almost difficult to keep up with all the new announcements for the unique Vectrex system and yes, the new product releases, the latest being "Spike's Circus" from Vectorzoa, who previously released "Logo" and "Star Sling". (for those who don't know, the character of "Spike" appeared in a platform game of the same name during the system's initial run. It actually featured pretty good speech synthesis, requiring no special add-ons. Spike and the associated characters from the game have become the system's unofficial mascot since then, appearing in several homebrew titles from various developers)

http://vectorzoa.com/circus/gi_circus.html

Hey, if you don't already have a Vectrex or are trying to get one off of eBay, what the heck are you waiting for? ;-)

From the Vectorzoa Website:

Vectorzoa prides itself in original concepts and genuinely fun gameplay. First there was Logo; a unique programming experience that was both compelling and educational, then there was Star Sling; a uniquely "classic oldschool" modern homebrew title offering 2 player head to head action with analogue controls all squeezed into an authentic 1980s 4K cart! Now play the most original, largest and fun game yet to emerge from the Vectorzoa stable; Spike's Circus!

Amongst the many exciting features of Spike's Circus are:

* Amazing unicycle physics; Use the analogue stick like never before to help Spike ride the unicycle. (Authentically challenging!)
* Incredible circus based tasks. Whilst on the unicycle help spike:
o Scale hills and ramps
o Juggle indian clubs. Fiendish controls requiring real juggler coordination (awesome smooth animation, featuring 64 frames of rotation and 256 position phasing)
o Tightrope riding. More unique controller twists to provide a long and rewarding learning curve. Features raster based graphics feature for greater feedback
o Fetch/Carry/Balance objects on his head
o Accurately "Head" balls to hit targets
* A variety of challenging control methods each complimenting and building upon the simple yet amazingly addictive analogue cycle control.
* Over 50 varied game levels
* Guest appearances of all your favourite Vectrex icons including Minestorm Ships, Scramble Rockets & Berzerk Robots
* Introduction sequence with Spike, Molly and the vocal talents of Spud performing an original VecVox song!
* Full colour overlay
* New style "indestructible" box
* Terrific detailed Vector based graphics, precise rotation and movement.
* Onboard 8KB RAM. Animaction style.
* First 80 carts sold will have onboard serial numbers #00-#79.

Yeah, it really does look and sound great! Of course it has the disadvantage from my standpoint of once again sourcing from Europe (meaning extra cost!), but I may just have to plunk down the money for this one!

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Bill Loguidice
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Well, I went ahead and

Well, I went ahead and ordered a copy. Hopefully I can review it at some point along with all the other Vectrex stuff that I'm behind on!

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