Box Art: Omega Race – Atari 2600 (1983)

Box Art: Omega Race – Atari 2600 (1983)

As I was busy searching for a particularly nasty program on the Game Grid last night I came across this wonderful piece of Box Art for Omega Race, this is the Atari 2600 port of the arcade game, which was programmed by Ron Haliburton and released by Midway to the arcades back in 1981.

[Via] AtariAge

Omega Race was apparently the only Vector Graphics title that Midway released but I’ll be honest, I never bumped into in any of the local arcades in my neck of the woods. Home ports of the game were also released to the Colecovision, VIC-20, and the Commodore 64. So far Midway has failed to include Omega Race in any of it’s Midway Arcade Treasure collections.

The Atari 2600 port also included a free “Booster-Grip” Joystick Adaptor to aid in a closer feel of the arcade game, a button for firing the ships lasers and the second button for thrust.

Judging from this video it looks like a simple but fun game, feels a little like Asteroids.

[Via] High Retro GameLord 89 over on YouTube!


Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Love this game on the Vic-20

  2. It’s easy to forget the garish colors and blinky animation.

  3. Agreed, and yet it was still compelling gameplay. Simple and to the point.

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