Managed to actually play with the VecFever this weekend. Gotta say it’s an impressive piece of kit, drag and drop binary copying if that’s your bag.
But this really comes into it’s own in developer mode, live linked to the PC and VIDE development environment. After Assembly VIDE pumps the binary over to a special ram disk folder on the VecFever and the VecFever detects this and loads the binary into ROM space ready for execution. This is a real help with development, it removes the other routes which involve burning roms or copying roms to sd cards.
This will help with my iteration times and allow me to basically live test on the Vectrex and see real results without worrying about emulation differences.
Thanks to Thomas and Malban my development just got that little bit more productive.
Here’s the current state of play with my first development project on Vectrex. This project was started over Christmas. I have always loved the discrete logic game Stunt Cycle, ever since I played one of the home conversions on the TV game consoles.
I wanted something relatively simple as my first effort while I learn how to program the awesome Vectrex home games console.
Here’s a video of my current status running on one of my Vectrex machines.
This is very much a work in progress.
Current status of this version:
- Buses displayed
- Bike can accelerate
- If jump successful buses increases
- if jump fails lose life and attempt again
- Title screen
It is written in MC6809 assembler, the little brother to the might MC68000 processor.
I will be fleshing the game out with other game modes and may sell this as a cartridge in the future, but will probably release the binary of the Stunt Cycle part of the game for the Vectrex community to play with.