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I played a lot of Omega Race at the Hillwood Plaza arcade in Nashville, TN in the early 80s when I was a young kid. It was the upright cabinet. Similar to Asteroids Deluxe, it utilizes a mirror to project the game over an illustrated background. The monitor glass is also framed with an elaborate illustration, so it's really a cool effect of stylish, layered images. It's a lot of fun and starts off with a couple of pretty easy waves to let you become familiar with the controls, and then of course becomes faster and more intense. I also like the rather elaborate backstory that is explained in the attract mode.

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20 hours ago, schuwalker said:

I first saw a Omega Race at a Ben Franklin store (those still around)? They also had a Sega/Gremlin Pulsar - another game I love! They had the upright version w/ the cool blacklight effects. It was later replaced w/ a Atari Battlezone.

 

 

Wow, thanks for mentioning that one!  

PULSAR (1981, Sega/Gremlin)

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This seemed to be fairly obscure-- one of those titles that may appear at a drive-in theater snack lobby where oddities often showed up.  But strangely I saw it for the only time sometime in the late 80s, at a bowling alley arcade somewhere in the Seattle metro area.  Not-bad color maze game where you are some sort of tank-looking vehicle that must touch colored keys to open the similarly-colored gates leading to the next maze.  The maze is filled with atomic particle-looking creatures that aren't deadly to touch but can shoot you.  The maze itself has walls that shift and can hinder your attempts to reach the gates.  An electric field can zap your ship.  A giant particle can get in your way and force you to destroy it, splitting up into several small particles that can shoot you!  Don't run out of time or your tank will go bye-bye.  Secret bonuses can be earned, making this a surprisingly decent game for its time.  Simple but engrossing sound effects.  Runs on Sega's "Vic Dual" hardware.

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I first saw Rolling Thunder on location at Fritz Deitel hockey rink in Westwood, NJ.

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Quick recap of games mentioned:

Mappy, Bagman, Venture, Make Trax, Warrior, Pengo, Pac-Land, Mr. Do's Castle, Looping, Loco-Motion, Ms. Pac-Man, Piranha, Mouse Trap, Yie-Ar Kung Fu, Xenophobe, Spiders, Monte Carlo, Mad Planets, any Nintendo VS. Cabinet, Return Of The Jedi, Indiana Jones & The Temple Of Doom, Pleiades, Targ, Spectar, Blue Shark, Digger, Kick(man), Professor Pac-Man, Jr. Pac-Man, MagMax, Jump Bug, Samurai Nihon-Ichi, Arabian, Bomb Jack, Up 'n Down, Astro Fighter, Baby Pac-Man, Mayday, Track & Field, Mr. Do!, Shoot Out, Hunchback, Space Odyssey, Borderline, Space Zap, Super Zaxxon, Space Panic, Toki, Hard Drivin', Time Soldiers, Gypsy Juggler, Mikie, Puzzled/Joy Joy Kid, Puzzle Bobble, Super Spy, Jail Break, Karate Champ, Superman, Mat Mania, Gunsmoke, Spider-Man, any NEO GEO cabinet appearance, Two Tigers, FAX, Sea Wolf, Legendary Wings, Sprint 2, Night Driver, Robot Bowl, Gun Fight, Sprint 8, Life Force, Rolling Thunder, Gyruss, Sinistar, Ninja, New York New York, Time Pilot 84, Street Fighter II, Mortal Kombat, Buster Bros., Sky Bumper, Radical Radial, Renegade, Juno First, Mega Man Power Battle, Robby Roto, US Marshall, Ice Cold Beer, Omega Race, Death Race, Pulsar.

 

Be as late to the party as you like and post memories of any of these!

In the meantime:

 

PHOENIX (Amstar/Tehkan/Centuri, 1980).

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Groundbreaking shooter with great music and enemies that truly test your nerves with their frantic chirping and hyper-fast movement as you whittle their numbers down to a few.  I own this in my living room and first saw it, I believe, at a GODFATHERS pizza restaurant that used to be in Tigard OR by the cinemas.  The whole family would have their jumbo combination pizza, which is still very good to this day!

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Phoenix:  I'm guessing circa '80-82', at the Bassendean West Road Deli/Lunch Bar, in Perth, Western Australia.  Lived 2 blocks away and was directly opposite my Primary School.

Cocktail cabinet (aussie built cocktail cab).  The owner would swap out boards every so often.  I recall a few of the other boards, but they haven't been listed here yet, so won't mention them.

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Next game: 

EYES (1982, Digitrex Techstar/Rock-Ola)

Weird maze game in which you and the antagonists are eyeballs!  You can shoot the enemies and dots.  Eliminate all dots to advance to the next maze; enemies respawn from certain areas of the maze and can easily surprise you (they can also shoot you, and get very adept and fast at it as you progress in the game).  Creepy music and sound effects.  Pretty generous scoring system!

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I first saw this at the Tigard/Beaverton Malibu Gran Prix about 5 or so miles from where I lived, when this game was new.  My sister and I somehow enjoyed this one; it is weird but playable.

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Right now is the first time I've ever seen or heard of a games called Eyes. I feel like I'm pretty knowledgeable about old games, so it's always a surprise to see something brand new. 

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On 7/20/2019 at 5:30 PM, wongojack said:

I did finally play a Death Race cab earlier this year at the Texas Pinball Festival, but I've never seen an Omega Race.

Follow Up!  I finally did play an Omega Race cab this past weekend at the Let's Play Gaming Expo.  They had tons of rare (and not so rare) machines.

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