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This is the Odyssey's version of Roulette and it isn't the relatively fun kind of Roulette where you use guns and risk killing yourself.

 

The game uses a gameboard with a Roulette betting table on it. It uses what everyone calls "poker chips". Since there is no poker game on the Odyssey, we'll just call them chips. There's also a big wad of cash to use. The game involves the BANKER handing a controller to a blindfolded or eyes-closed player, and having them "flip" the knobs on the controller. He can hand it to them upside down, sideways, whatever. The point is, the "flipping" serves to "randomize" the controller. The BANKER then presses the reset button and a player spot is supposed to appear on the screen. More often than not, however, it appears off screen and the process must be attempted again. The spot is supposed to enter from the right side and settle somewhere on the Überlay's picture of a roulette wheel. Then, a chart is consulted to determine the winning number. It just does not work often enough. Too often, we're like: "Where's the damn spot? Oh tanj, it's off screen again." The whole thing is a bad idea for a game on a system that has no randomization capability.

 

Roulette, in my opinion, is an example of "filling the box" so the marketing department can justify selling the product at a higher price point. Despite its pretty Überlay, Roulette is the most wretched attempt at fun that we've yet to see on the Odyssey. We hates it. We hates it so much that I'm taking away 1.25 points that the Odyssey has previously earned, just to punish it for this pathetic insult to the consumer.

 

The Score: Ultraman: 5, Odyssey: 1.75

 

EDIT: A voiced opinion has expressed disapproval in my removing of points. I figured for fun I would do it differently, instead of adding points to Ultraman, I would take points from Odyssey. Instead, I will restore the points to Odyssey, but Ultraman gets the point for this game.

 

The revised Score: Ultraman: 6, Odyssey 3.00

 

(by the way, if I didn't like the system, I wouldn't be devoting all this time to it. :))

 

Tomorrow will be States, this time for sure!

 



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I disagree with this one and unfair. Because you hate a game, you remove earned points from Odyssey.

 

I believe you try to say that Odyssey is a bad system.

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I agree, I am very unfair. :)

 

I'll be the first to admit these "reviews" are extremely subjective and based on fairly short sessions with the system. Taking away points is a silly thing to do and is meant more to be humorous.

 

Since I did invite voting for the system in the comments and since you are the first to voice an opinion then I will restore the points. :)

 

Oh, and I actually LIKE the Odyssey! Honest! You will see.

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Damn, just 5 years too late for my vote to count. I would have LOVED to have seen negative points awarded to game systems for bad games, as it really gives you a better idea of just how precious a gift good design was in that wild primordial swamp.

 

But it's okay...

 

This entire series is a treasure. Stories of fighting absurd limits with incredible imagination are why I got into gaming in the first place, and your reviews are as much example of that as the games themselves...this is bringing me back to the love I once had for the medium.

 

Thank you.

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Damn, just 5 years too late for my vote to count. I would have LOVED to have seen negative points awarded to game systems for bad games, as it really gives you a better idea of just how precious a gift good design was in that wild primordial swamp.

 

But it's okay...

 

This entire series is a treasure. Stories of fighting absurd limits with incredible imagination are why I got into gaming in the first place, and your reviews are as much example of that as the games themselves...this is bringing me back to the love I once had for the medium.

 

Thank you.

 

WOW, thank -you-! You just made my entire month, possibly my entire summer. I've been going through my entries today, trying to get them archived and into a form that has links and pictures that actually work again. Thank you for your words of encouragement. :lol: I'm trying to get my act together enough so that I can at least finish 1980 before deciding what to do. (move onwards into just consoles or start to play computer games that I've "always wanted to play".). Thanks again.

 

\[^_^]/

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Hah, you're genuinely happy when people like your reviews! I hope you now feel that this chronogaming experiment was well worth it! :P

 

About this game, I agree. The Odyssey was a poor randomizing device. In fact, whenever the system is relegated to an accessory role, the games tend to feel like they would be much more fun without the Odyssey, which is a shame. Perhaps they tried to fit too many different games (and genres!) in this limited system. Sometimes less is more.

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Hah, yes, I'm a glutton for praise but I've learned through this that I'd make a terrible reviewer! I'm much too subjective and my opinion of a game can change with my mood or the amount of caffeine and sugar I've had that day. But yes, absolutely, I do my best to express myself as genuinely as I can in this thing, it's important that my enthusiasm shine through even if it puts me in a rather geeky light. xD

 

The story goes that the inventor wanted to sell the game for about $20 and just include Tennis and a couple of other games. The folks who were marketing/selling it said they needed to make more money per unit, because people wanted to feel like they were making a substantial purchase. It's been said that yes, they overdid it. Also remember $100 in 1972 was like $400 in 2005 (I don't know what it would be now) this system was expensive, but it was doing something nothing else ever had.

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