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Old 13th December 2012, 05:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Does anybody remember this long-forgotten system if the early-80's? This was actually my very first gaming system. Yes, even before I ever had an Atari!!

If it doesn't ring a bell, here is a reminder:

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Old 23rd January 2013, 03:24 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I do remember this, my second cousin had it and I used it whenever I had a chance to. They had 4 or 5 games if my memory doesn't fail me. I played Minestorm the most, and probably Scramble. Was a sidescroller with walls at least. After that I guess my memory plays tricks on me. I don't see Pac-Man in the list, could almost swear by it that it had that. Lunar Landing was another game I thought was available there, but not according to the 'complete list of vectrex games'.

I have no idea what the hardest game was called. It involved a maze and it had a timer. Either some lines in the maze moved, or something was shrinking. It probably was one of the 3d games, and normally the 3d things weren't available so I hardly played it.

My oldest cousin had an Atari 2600, I guess Pac-Man (Ms. Pac-Man?) may have been on that machine, along with Defender instead of Lunar Landing. It seems my memory isn't as accurate as I thought it was, it would have been easier to remember if I had owned the games myself.
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Old 23rd January 2013, 11:07 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I remember reading about this system, way way back, and thought it sounded pretty cool. Theres just something about those graphics. Was it ever available in Australia?

Pacman doesnt sound like the sort of game that would be available....

Its available on iOS too - free (but you only get one game). Costs $7.50 to get a pack of all the games.
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Old 25th January 2013, 04:26 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Old 21st February 2013, 10:34 AM   #5 (permalink)
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My friend had one of these when I was in high school, it was amazing! It was especially good for playing Armor Attack.
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Old 21st February 2013, 11:14 AM   #6 (permalink)
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My friends Retro Computer Museum has a couple of working ones, but best of all one of the whizz tech volunteers has taken a semi dead one and rewired a 21" TV to make a huge Vectrex, it's proving hard to get the beam calibrated right but if it comes off in any way ok I'll post up a clip.
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Old 3rd March 2013, 06:45 AM   #7 (permalink)


I was about to buy one, but sadly I didn't. it was in my local video game store. that with the multi-cart for a little over $100.
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Old 15th July 2013, 10:03 AM   #8 (permalink)
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This was one of the consoles you would pine for when reading early electronic games mags, this and the Colecovision! Didn't get either in the end. Vectrex is one I would seriously consider collecting for, if I could find one locally, it'd be a risk to get one freighted
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