Thanks. Also wanted to address the minor DB9 plug mod that Matt mentioned. With Overdrive, because of the number of connections, I use generic Sega-compatible cords. With Vectrosis, which uses fewer connections, I'm able to use generic Atari-compatible cords, and these fit the Vec perfectly with no plug modification necessary.
Yes, as noted on the included Overdrive sheet with warranty info...
"Hyperchase relies on the spring-return feature of the Vectrex controller joystick. Because of this, you will need to return the steering wheel within the range of the center position just following a crash along the side of the road. Otherwise, the car will continue to crash to that side. Similarly, if you play Hyperchase with the joystick and hold the stick to the left or right after a crash, the car will also continue to crash. It is simply a characteristic of the game that you will quickly adust to."
The decision was made not to add a spring-return feature because Overdrive would then ONLY be completely compatible with Hyperchase.
VectRace, Vaboom, Spike's Water Balloons, Purgatory, and Night Trucker do not rely on spring-return.
Thanks again Matt, enjoy!
Note to buyers...shipping them out as quickly as I build them! Hang on, they're on their way!
Pole Position is technically analog as well. But the difference between Pole Position and Hyperchase is that most people find Hyperchase to be almost unplayable using the standard controller. The Overdrive Controller makes Hyperchase an excellent playing experience! Pole Position, on the other hand, already plays very well with the standard controller. With Overdrive, you have to turn the wheel quite a bit to begin to enter the analog zone on Pole Position. So technically it's compatible, and does provide a more authentic experience because of the steering wheel, but might not necessarily be "better" than playing it on the standard controller. I somehwhat apprehensively added Pole Position to the compatibility list after being bombarded with emails telling me that it is, in fact, setup with analog steering. I checked it and sure enough it is, but it's not setup like Hyperchase at all.
Compatible homebrews! VectRace (another racing game) and Vaboom by Ronen Habot are both free to download and use on VecFlash or VecMulti, or to make your own cartridge. Spike's Water Balloons by John Dondzila, is also available for free! Links are on my website.
If you're considering purchasing Overdrive, keep in mind it's currently about a 3-week wait on any new orders. Thanks!