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#1 Lendorien OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Aug 8, 2017 2:42 AM

I have a roller controller I bought a year or two ago and I recently decided to revisit it. After looking up compatible games, I found that Centipede is the only game I own that works with the roller setting. It doesn't do anything when it's on. On joystick mode, it's pretty slow, requiring a lot of spinning to move the "player" very far. How responsive is the trackball supposed to be? And has anyone ever dealt with issues like this? Any suggestions?

 

I suspect I have a turkey. Shame, cause it's in great cosmetic shape and I love trackballs in general.


Edited by Lendorien, Tue Aug 8, 2017 2:44 AM.


#2 mr_me OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Aug 8, 2017 4:06 AM

I thought Slither and Victory were the only two cartridges originally programmed for the roller controller.

Edited by mr_me, Tue Aug 8, 2017 4:07 AM.


#3 mumbai OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Aug 8, 2017 6:28 AM

+Omega Race



#4 Lendorien OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Aug 8, 2017 8:35 AM

Hm. I read elsewhere that Centipede was also. In fact, here's a list.

 

cvaddict.com/list.php?filter=7



#5 mr_me OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Aug 8, 2017 10:48 AM

Any cartridge designed for the joystick can be used with the roller controller in joystick mode.  Check each game's instructions about roller mode.



#6 rodge2001 OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Aug 8, 2017 2:09 PM

Centipede, Omega Race, Slither, & Victory appear to have been designed to work primarily with the Roller Controller; although Centipede & Omega Race are still playable without the Roller Controller and Slither & Victory are only Roller Controller compatible.  

 

I wish more games took advantage of the Roller Controller because when it works it works really well and can expand gameplay significantly especially if used along with a Standard Controller.  I have an extra ColecoVision Power Adapter just for my Roller Controller. 

 

Other games not designed for the Roller Controller are still compatible in varying degrees.  It's a lot of trial an error but some games like Star Trek are great with the Roller Controller in that you can use the Roller Controller to steer and the Standard Controller to thrust and warp. 

 

I may have to play it again but I would think WarGames would work pretty well with the Roller Controller and Standard Controller as well in that you can use the Roller Controller for your satellite/cursor and the Regular Controller for any key pad functions.  Top 10 game in my opinion. 


Edited by rodge2001, Tue Aug 8, 2017 2:10 PM.


#7 ColecoDan OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Aug 8, 2017 2:57 PM

Centipede would have to be in joystick mode to work.   If still not very responsive then something is wrong because the roller controller is very smooth and responsive.  Hopefully just cleaning it would fix it.



#8 ave1 OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Aug 11, 2017 9:17 PM

Centipede, Omega Race, Slither, & Victory appear to have been designed to work primarily with the Roller Controller; although Centipede & Omega Race are still playable without the Roller Controller and Slither & Victory are only Roller Controller compatible.  
 
I wish more games took advantage of the Roller Controller because when it works it works really well and can expand gameplay significantly especially if used along with a Standard Controller.  I have an extra ColecoVision Power Adapter just for my Roller Controller. 
 
Other games not designed for the Roller Controller are still compatible in varying degrees.  It's a lot of trial an error but some games like Star Trek are great with the Roller Controller in that you can use the Roller Controller to steer and the Standard Controller to thrust and warp. 
 
I may have to play it again but I would think WarGames would work pretty well with the Roller Controller and Standard Controller as well in that you can use the Roller Controller for your satellite/cursor and the Regular Controller for any key pad functions.  Top 10 game in my opinion.


I show off the Coleco Roller Controller with a good variety of games in my trackball episode of Wired-Up Retro. War Room and Wargames are shown around the 12:45 point in the video: https://youtu.be/vmE-E0wza0w

Enjoy!





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