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 Heads Up – By GCE

Heads Up is a soccer game for the Vectrex. Unfortunately, the game did not translate very well to the console. When I first started the game, I thought I was looking at a basketball game because of how the playing ground is drawn. Much to my surprise, I suddenly found my players kicking the ball, which made me realise just how mistaken I was! In any case, the teams are rendered with three players as stick figures that all look the same. Given the lack of colour for the Vectrex, the programmer used brightness as the distinguishing factor for the teams. The character animation is very well done, so looking at them move around is nice. They also change size as they move from top to bottom of the screen to give a sense of perspective. This is a nice touch and something not seen in a console like the 2600 at that time. What makes this game frustrating (at least to me) is how slow it is to move and how confusing the controls are. I had a difficult time switching between players, though I was successful in controlling them whenever I did choose the right one. Sound is not the strong suit for this game either. Heads Up can be played alone (against a rather distracted computer) or with a friend (I only tested it by myself, so maybe the two-player option makes the game better). If I can get a friend to play it with me, I’ll update this review.

Review by TrekMD

4/10

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 Hexed - By George Pelonis

If you love card games, you’re sure to love Hexed! Hexed is a turn-based game where you are pitted against a dealer who essentially throws back at you what look like tarot cards. These cards all have a certain effect on both you and the dealer, something that is measured by means of “life orbs” that appear toward the top of the screen. The larger the life orb, the stronger your life force. Essentially, your goal is to drain the dealer of its life force while keeping your own life force at a strong enough level to survive the challenge. This is achieved by using the different cards you are dealt individually or in combinations. Not all cards can be combined but if you have the proper set you can used them well against the dealer. Some card types include amulets that steal life force from your opponent, shrunken heads that decreases the opponents power, pixie potions to increase orb power, and voodoo sun to infect the other player. You yourself can become infected and you can only be cured if you get a pixie stick card. Until you find one, you will lose life force at each turn taken. You have one advantage over the dealer as you alone can combine compatible cards and can hold good combinations to use later. The dealer must use whatever card it gets. Hexed has simple graphics and minimal sound but it is quite an entertaining game. It will surprise you!

Review by TrekMD

8/10

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 Hyper Chase - By GCE

Hyperchase is a racing game that bears a similarity to Enduro for the Atari 2600. Despite its name, there is nothing to chase. Visually, this game is quite impressive. The roads, trees, and other objects around the road are scaled very smoothly to give proper perspective. In fact, it is impressive to see how many different things and landscapes this game shows around you. Because you are looking from behind and top down at your car, you get an excellent view of the road ahead. Interestingly, the road never truly curves but, instead, it undergoes an interesting change in perspective to let you know that you are turning. It is different from how other racing games do it but it works quite well. The sound of the engine revving up works perfectly and the animation when you hit something (the wall or other cars) is very nice. The game offers two variations: you can race to get the best time, or you can race for points. Unfortunately, not everything is rosy with Hyperchase. Controlling your car is challenging because the sensitivity of the joystick is, well, hyper. Try using an Overdrive controller as it works much better. Collision detection doesn’t work very well either and sometimes the other cars on the road just go through you while, other times, they simply appear on top of you and kill you. Of course, one could say this is just part of the challenge of Hyperchase and simply have fun with it. Overall, this is a fun driving game despite its shortcomings and I do recommend it.

Review by TrekMD

7/10

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 I, Cyborg – By George Pelonis

I, Cyborg is a third-person perspective one-player game in which the player sees the main character from behind. This is a unique and original title for the Vectrex system that has a science fiction theme and is full of enemies to challenge the player. You are cyborg who has been wrongfully imprisoned for two years by the Robot Empire and now you have restored your energy cells and are ready to face your captors. I, Cyborg is divided into four different areas, each area containing a series of phases, and each area ending in a battle with a boss robot. There are plenty of enemies to deal with and this is something that makes this game quite challenging. Some enemies take multiple hits to destroy while other cannot be destroyed at all and have to be avoided. As you move through the phases within each area, you use your unlimited supply of an electrified acid mist as your main weapon. During the boss phase of the game, your cyborg is equipped with a special weapon necessary to defeat each boss. You only have one cyborg to play but he can sustain up to 10 enemy hits before dying (with most enemies). Each time the cyborg gets hit, a number is displayed briefly within his body to let you know how many more hits he can sustain. When you kill a robot boss, you are given a code that you can enter at the title screen when you return to play so you can start where you left off. While there is no in-game music, the title screen does have a nice tune and the sounds during the game are effective. I think this is a fascinating game, it is well made, and one that requires skill and precision.

Review by TrekMD

8/10

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