Freshly released Vectrex Emulator running on iOS available in the app store. The app itself is free but actual games are available in a pack and that is about 5-6 Euros. The app is available world wide. Sadly no word of an Android version of the app which should be very possible as the Android and iPad hardware really aren't that different and Android tablets should be able to manage something like this well. Read more below...
Matt and Elizabeth Barton came for a visit back in July, and I'm just now getting to cataloging some of the photos and video. Looking through the footage we took, I saw a fun series of Vectrex-related images, which I thought I'd share. This is truly miscellaneous stuff, but still a glimpse into some of the Vectrex-related homebrew activities that are out there, including the madtronix 3D imager and the VecVoxx-enabled (voice and high score) Spike's Circus. Enjoy:
Short video of Matt Barton and madtronix 3D imager for the Vectrex running a compatible game
Shown below are a set of four new casual iPhone photos, this time of a boxed and partially complete Milton Bradley Microvision handheld game system with an additional Star Trek Phaser Strike cartridge (among the first ever licensed games, though it would also be re-released sans license). The Microvision debuted in late 1979 and was the first interchangeable cartridge handheld, and the only such form factor that would see release until Nintendo's legendary GameBoy almost 10 years later.
Hey, guys, just a heads-up, the second article in the series from the book, this one on the GCE/Milton Bradley Vectrex, has been posted by Gamasutra: http://www.gamasutra.com/view/feature/3117/a_history_of_gaming_platforms...
If you're interested, as a special bonus, here are four images they chose not to include in the article:
Thanks to www.vectrex.nl for the heads-up on, details about and download for the demo for VECFU (Vec-Fu), a one-on-one fighting game for the GCE/Milton Bradley Vectrex (and related emulators). As Vectrex fans know, a game type such as this has yet to grace the suprisingly versatile and unique vector platform, so this is exciting news. I can't wait to download this and play it on my real Vectrex, as superficially anyway, it looks amazing!
And the story, such as it is:
The evil Daimyo and his minions have laid Waste to your temple and killed off all of the other monks while you were away in another province, and now you are on to get your revenge. First off you have to fight against the daimyos champions of martial arts, before you can face the evil one himself.
Thanks to [www.vectrex.nl] for the heads up on a new wrap (skin) project for GCE/Milton Bradley's Vectrex that utilizes imagery from the popular homebrew games YASI and Protector.
I got on the pre-order list by contacting Michele Fiori via e-mail at his Website. For around $25, this limited production collectible will not only look great on your system, but no doubt also become quite valuable down the line. Sign up now as orders will start shipping soon.
The prolific homebrew GCE/Milton Bradley Vectrex game developers, Vectorzoa, known for cartridges such as "Logo", "Star Sling" and "Spike's Circus" (which I've mentioned previously on Armchair Arcade) have an interesting way for ANYONE to contribute to their next game, "Spike's Sea Snap Safari". While label art and level design contests are popular at AtariAge, this is one of the few times that I've seen one for a non-Atari system.
This looks like fun and hopefully some of the Armchair Arcade faithful will take up the challenge and report on their results. From the Website:
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)
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: