This is another game that I purchased as an adult. My cousins (The Kiegles) had this when we were kids and I loved challenging them to duels on this game! It was one of the first 2-player simultaneous games that I remember really enjoying. I did play combat as a kid too, but I found the fast pace of this game very engrossing and more fun than combat for a longer time. I’m really glad I have added this one to my Coleco Vision® collection.
From the back of the box:
Test your tactics against a friend in HEAD-TO-HEAD™ OMEGA RACE! Change strategy with any of these 5 challenging options: FAST BOUNCE zooms your spacecraft off walls. TUNNEL or ASTRO GATE helps you escape pursuit, REFLECTIVE WALLS* sends your shots bouncing all over the screen, LONG GAME extends play. Also, battle droid ships in a one or two-player game. *For Head-to-Head™ only.
I tend to describe Omega Race™ as head-to-head Asteroids™ on a race course. You can play this game as a one player game and it is fun, but two players battling it out is where it’s really at. There is challenge up the wazoo here. You have several options as listed in the back of box description above and each one or combination thereof makes for a very different challenge for your battle. This game still holds up today as a two player affair in my opinion. You pilot your triangle (ship) around the course trying to avoid the droid ships while at the same time trying to destroy your opponent. The droid ships would sometimes start spinning and leaving mines that you could destroy and this was the only time you could destroy a droid ship. Sometimes the droid ships help you out and sometimes they can destroy you if you are not careful. I really enjoy adding reflective walls and tunnels and astro gates to the challenge as they can really change your strategy and increase the challenge. The controls for this game are great. Unlike Asteroids, it’s easy to regain great control of your ship after you start thrusting around. According to the manual, you can use the Coleco Roller Controller for one player games, but I never owned that controller, so I can’t speak to that, but the regular controllers work fine and sharp controls make for even more fun and challenge here. This sound is very Jaws like during game play, however I have great memories of thrusting around after a victory to the music that plays when you complete a level. And the sound effects are good, so that’s why it gets a 6 for sound. There really isn’t much else to describe about this game except that it is easy to learn difficult to master. Player one is the Red ship and player two is the Green ship. GO! Depending on your opponent of course, this can be one of the best couch multiplayer games you ever play!
Cosmetic Condition of my copy of this game:
Overall, I rate my copy: 6.0 – The cartridge is in great condition. But the box has a viand pair of stickers on the front. Otherwise, the box is in decent condition. I have two cartridges of this game. One cartridge and manual are a 9 out of 10. The second cartridge is sun faded but the label is good. I would rate it a 6. The second instruction booklet is slightly discolored and worn, but very much intact. I would rate it a 7. My second cartridge came from the attic of my friend Pat Ingram with permission from his mom.
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