1982 Vectrex Minestorm One-switch Style

One-switch adapted Vectrex running Minestorm, on a Trabasack.

The second oldest game making its way to the SpecialEffect stand at REPLAY will be Minestorm for the MB Vectrex, dating from 1982. This mighty-fine vector-scan game has been adapted to be played with a single switch: Hyperspace.

The game sees your small space-ship dropped into a mine-field that you must clear. Your ship spins and fires constantly. If you feel that you are about to be hit by a floating mine, press your switch to quickly hyperspace to another random point. Later levels see you having to contend with magnetic and fireball loaded mines.

For tech-heads, this set-up uses an adapted arcade stick, a rapid-fire module hacked from an old Atari VCS joystick patched into the stick, two shorting connectors to latch on rotate right and fire, an Able-Net "Big-Red" accessibility switch and a Trabasack. Fingers crossed my near 30 year old machine survives two days of use.
Vectrex one-switch gear, an adapted arcade stick, switch and Trabasack.

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2 Responses to '1982 Vectrex Minestorm One-switch Style'

  1. # Blogger OneSwitch.org.uk

    I really must redecorate that room. State of my wallpaper!  

  2. # Blogger OneSwitch.org.uk

    This can be replicated on a PC, although it's not as good...

    Vectrex Emulator: http://www.vectrex.fr/ParaJVE/
    4Noah 2010 Beta Utility: http://www.oneswitch.org.uk/2/I/4Noah/gaming-switch.htm
    4Noah configuration: D-pad=horizontal, Rapidfire On (Gap=3 Hold=5), Rapidfire Key=R.
    Set switch to "W" (hyperspace).  

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