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72 Game Multicart

Comparison of cartridge sizes

Creator Andrew Coleman
Release Date 2008
Genre Hardware
Multicart
Modes Single player
1-2 players alternating
Media Cartridge

Background[]

While the "father of the Vectrex" Jay Smith did not make all official releases for the Vectrex public domain, he did give permission for developers to reproduce them and manufacture multicarts as long as profit was marginal. Many developers have capitalized on this to attempt to make the most all-encompassing multicart, and Andrew Coleman of Blazin'Games created his attempt, this 72 Game Multicart, in 2008.

Background/features[]

Every single official Vectrex game ever released excluding AnimAction, which requires built-in RAM. A lot of homebrews, prototypes and demos are included.

While a lot of multicarts have gone to the versatility of USB or SD card programmability, it was a different take to have a menu-operated multicart when homebrewer Sean Kelly or even Andrew Coleman released their multicarts. Most predating multicarts used DIP switches for game selection.

Since Sean Kelly has manufactured multicarts for many years, he has not supplied reproduction cartridge shells to other developers producing multicarts. This has prompted many developers to come up with other ways to make professional packaging designs. While some have painted bare PCBs, others have utilized their own 3D printed cartridge designs, and some have even resorted to re-purposing Intellivision cartridge shells. Andy Coleman had his own cartridge shells made from plastic.

Controls[]

  • Select category--left/right on joystick or D-pad
  • Select game--up/down on joystick or D-pad

Content[]

Content is broken into 8 categories - Original games, prototypes, hacked original games, 3D games, Light Pen games, homebrew games, homebrew game demos, and miscellaneous demos.

Original Games[]

Prototypes[]

Hacked Original Games[]

3D Games[]

Light Pen Games[]

  • Art Master
  • Melody Master

Homebrew Games[]

Hangman game exclusive to the 72:1 Multicart

Homebrew Game Demos[]

  • Abyss
  • B.E.T.H. demo
  • Disc Duel
  • Vecsports Kingpin
  • Nonagalf
  • Spike Goes Skiing (Beta)
  • Vexperience
  • Yoehl
  • Ztagger

Miscellaneous Demos[]

  • All Your Base
  • Bach Prelude #1
  • BB2
  • My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean
  • No Sound
  • Oldsk00l
  • Vectrex demo 3
  • Vimpula
  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Trivia[]

  • A "Lite" version was also released as a bare PCB, rather than a cartridge, having all the features of the regular 72 Game Multicart[1].
  • The multicart is four megabits in size, being one of the largest hardware pieces for the Vectrex to date.
  • Since Andrew Coleman included City Bomber on his 72 Game Multicart, he decided to discontinue the dedicated City Bomber cartridge.
  • The intro music for the 72 Game Multicart is the same as Solar Quest.
  • The 72 Game Multicart was not tested on original non-buzz Vectrex units (checksum 7ADB or serial numbers 4xxxxxx and 311xxxx). The BIOS causes play problems with these units.

Links[]

References[]

  1. 72 Game Multicart Official site.


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