Vectrex 72-1 Multicart

My Vectrex 72-1 Multicart arrived yesterday and despite not having a lot of free time to use try it out, my initial thought is that this is a must have add-on for any Vectrex owner.

The 72-1 Multicart is basically a cartridge designed for the Vectrex that contains a custom rom chip containing not only the entire catalogue of Vectrex games but also includes prototype games that were never released, games created by fans well over 20 years since the Vectrex’s demise and also homebrew demo’s created by talented coders to show off this stunning vector based machine.

 

Here you can see the actual board and imitation Vectrex game label designed to stick on to a cartridge case once installed. A fully cased version is available to purchase however I chose this uncased version (about half the price) and will fit my own case at a later date.

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The board is designed to fit an original Vectrex game cartridge and includes the same three mounting holes. Here’s another shot of the circuit board next to an original Vectrex game cart.

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It looks simple enough, but considering that this is a home made board produced by hand, the quality is of  very high standard.

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After inserting the board in the Vectrex cartridge slot & switching on (no puff of smoke!) a simple menu system offers access to Original games, Unreleased games, Homebrew games, Modified original games and Homebrew GFX demos. Navigation is done via the joystick and fire buttons to launch the selected title.

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..and here’s me trying to get pole position on..well Pole Position!

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One of the many homebrew games – This ones appears to be a Frogger clone.

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..another homebrew title which looks to be a clone of Discs of Tron. Two player version of this should be fun especially being a huge fan of the arcade original.

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When i get chance i’ll post a few more pictures and maybe a few reviews on the homebrew games. Here’s a complete list of whats on the cartridge.

Games List

ORIGINAL GAMES
ARMOR ATTACK
BEDLAM
BERZERK
BLITZ.
CLEAN SWEEP
COSMIC CHASM
FORTRESS OF NARZOD
HEADS UP ACTION SOCCER
HYPERCHASE
POLAR RESCUE
POLE POSITION
RIPOFF
SCRAMBLE
SOLAR QUEST
SPACE WARS
SPIKE
SPINBALL
STAR CASTLE
STAR HAWK
STAR TREK
WEB WARS

PROTOTYPES
CLEAN SWEEP (MR BOSTON)
DARK TOWER
ENGINE ANALYSER *
MINE STORM II
PITCHER’S DUEL
POLAR RESCUE (PROTO)
STAR TREK (PROTO)
TEST CART REV. 4
TOUR DE FRANCE

HACKED ORIGINAL GAMES
ARMOR ATTACK (SPINNER HACK) ***
BEDLAM (SPINNER HACK) ***
BERZERK (DEBUGGED)
MINE STORM II (FRED TAFT HACK)
MINE STORM II (SPINNER HACK) ***
NARROW ESCAPE (2D HACK)
POLE POSITION (SPINNER HACK) ***
STAR TREK (CONTROLLER HACK)

3D GAMES
3D CRAZY COASTER **
3D MINE STORM **
NARROW ESCAPE **

LIGHT PEN GAMES
ART MASTER *
MELODY MASTER *

HOMEBREW GAMES
ALL GOOD THINGS ±
CITY BOMBER
HANGMAN
PATRIOTS 3 ±
PATRIOTS ±
ROCKAROIDS ±
SPIKE HOPPIN’ ±
SPIKE’S WATER BALLOONS ±
V-FROGGER ±±
VECTOR VADERS ±
VPONG ±±

HOMEBREW GAME DEMOS
ABYSS DEMO ±
B.E.T.H. DEMO ±±±
DISC DUEL DEMO ±
VECSPORTS KINGPIN ±±±
NONAGALF ±±±
SPIKE GOES SKIING (BETA)
VEXPERIENCE ±±±
YOEHL ±±±
ZTAGGER ±±±

MISC DEMOS
ALL YOUR BASE DEMO ±±±
BACH PRELUDE #1 ^
BB2 DEMO ±±±
MY BONNIE LIES OVER THE OCEAN ^
‘NO’ SOUND ±±
OLDSK00L DEMO ±±±
VECTREX DEMO 3 ±±±
VIMPULA ±±±
WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS ^

* REQUIRES LIGHT PEN
** REQUIRES 3D IMAGER
*** REQUIRES SPINNER CONTROLLER

± BY JOHN DONDZILLA
±± BY CHRIS SALAMON
±±± BY MANU PÄRSSINEN
^ BY JEFF WOOLSEY

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5 responses to “Vectrex 72-1 Multicart

  1. Not yet I’m afraid, empty carts seem to be a little illusive. Not wanting to destroy an original game case i’m looking at alternatives to house the Multi Cart. Currently I’m looking to use an old Atari 2600 cart were the game board no longer works.

    Will post pictures when I’ve completed the mod.

    Regards

    Steve

  2. I bought this same board, and it does NOT fit North American cart shells. 😦 Also, I don’t know which way to insert it! Component side up or down???

  3. Hi Arby,

    Mine works with the component side up. I still haven’t found a suitable case for mine yet but to be honest, I’m quite happy with the bare bones look. Just have to make sure i don’t leave the circuit board plugged if i move the Vectrex…don’t want to accidentally damage it.

  4. Thanks for the reply! I can finally try it out without fear of frying it.
    I’m sacrificing a Cosmic Chasm for the cart shell. 😉 I can understand likely the bare look, but dust WILL accumulate on it.

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