Omega Race

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Omega Race
Omega Race (2).jpg
ColecoVision box cover
Designer(s)Ron Haliburton[1]
Platform(s)Arcade (original)
Atari 2600, VIC-20, Commodore 64, ColecoVision
Genre(s)Shoot 'em up
CabinetStandard, cabaret, cocktail, cockpit[2]
CPUZ80 @ 3 MHz[3]
SoundZ80 @ 1.5 MHz
2 x AY-3-8910[3]

Omega Race is an arcade game designed by Ron Haliburton and released in 1981 by Midway.[1] It is the only arcade game with vector graphics that Midway created.[citation needed]

Omega Race was ported to the VIC-20 and Commodore 64 in 1982 and sold by Commodore. In 1983, a ColecoVision port was released by Coleco and an Atari 2600 version by CBS Electronics. The 2600 cartridge came bundled with a 2-button, "booster grip" controller.[4]


Set in the year 2003, the player controls an Omegan Fighter spaceship to destroy enemy droid ships in a rectangular "track."[3] The player's ship is controlled with a spinner to rotate the ship, a button for thrusting, and a button for firing lasers. The enemies that the player must destroy or avoid are drone ships, commander ships, two types of space mines, and shooting star ships. The ship bounces off an invisible barrier on the edges of the screen that briefly appears when hit. By default, extra ships are awarded at 40,000 and 100,000 points.


Consumer Guide's How To Win At Video Games stated in 1982 of Omega Race that "any unskilled player can pop a quarter into the machine and stay up there for up to 20,000 points." According to the book, more than 35,000 machines were created, with the average machine taking in $181.00 per week at the time of the book's publication. Frequently, it was one of the top ten money-making arcade machines in any given week in that time period.[5]

Compute! called Omega Race "a real winner for the VIC".[6] BYTE stated that the VIC-20 version "is fast paced, has colorful graphics, and features good sound effects ... Omega Race is a fun game that retains all the best characteristics of the arcade version".[7] Ahoy! called the VIC-20 version "fairly faithful to the arcade game, and very exciting".[8] The VIC-20 version of Omega Race was awarded a Certificate of Merit in the category of "Best Solitaire Computer Game" at the 4th annual Arkie Awards.[9]:33


Omega Race was cloned for the TRS-80 Color Computer as Space Race in 1982.[10]


  1. ^ a b Hague, James. "The Giant List of Classic Game Programmers".
  2. ^ Omega Race at the Killer List of Videogames
  3. ^ a b c "Omega Race". Arcade History.
  4. ^ "Omega Race by CBS Electronics". Atari Guide.
  5. ^ "Omega Race". How to Win Video Games. Pocket Books. 1982. pp. 42, 86. ISBN 0-671-45841-8.
  6. ^ Herman, Harvey B. (October 1982). "Four New Cartridges for VIC-20". Compute!. p. 132. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  7. ^ Wszola, Stan (March 1983). "Omega Race for the VIC-20". BYTE. p. 251. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  8. ^ Salm, Walter (March 1984). "VIC Game Buyer's Guide". Ahoy!. p. 49. Retrieved 27 June 2014.
  9. ^ Kunkel, Bill; Katz, Arnie (March 1983). "Arcade Alley: The Best Computer Games". Video. Reese Communications. 6 (12): 32–33. ISSN 0147-8907.
  10. ^ Boyle, L. Curtis. "Space Race". Tandy Color Computer Games.

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