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This is a relatively simple game with not particularly inspiring graphics — they are very geometrically similar to Asteroids graphics. But for sheer playability Omega Race is by far the best game I have played on the VIC-20. Nothing else comes close.
ColecoVisionTeleMatch (May, 1984)
Gut bei Omega Race findet wieder die übliche Schlacht zwischen Gut und Böse, d.h. dem Spieler und den Angreifern statt — im Weltraum, versteht sich. Selten aber hat man bei einem solchen Spiel weniger den Eindruck, die Einfachheit des immer gleichen Handlungsablaufes zum soundsovielten Male nachzuspielen, wie in diesem Fall.
I'm not an expert yet, but after just a couple of days, I've already gotten close to 100.000 points. It's fun and has lots of variations built into each game. If you have a VIC-20, you owe it to yourself to get Omega Race.
ColecoVisionAll Game Guide (1998)
Mine Storm for the Vectrex is the best Asteroids derivative on the market, and Space Fury is the closest thing you can get to Asteroids on the ColecoVision. However, if you want a game that was influenced by Asteroids, but is quite different in execution and overall design, you might want to try Omega Race.
ColecoVisionThe Video Game Critic (Jun 25, 2006)
This Colecovision edition not only duplicates the fun gameplay of the arcade, but spices things up with color, customization options, and even a two-player simultaneous mode. The "fast bounce" option makes the walls more elastic, but also makes your ship harder to control. The "tunnel" and "astro gate" options make the vanilla playfield slightly more interesting, but these passages are really too narrow to make much of a major difference. The two-player mode would have been fun had it been cooperative, but instead you just bounce around shooting at each other, which is kind of lame. For the single player however, Omega Race is a worthy challenge, if somewhat forgettable.
Atari 2600The Video Game Critic (Mar 29, 2006)
Unlike so many other Atari 2600 arcade translations, this one isn't a cupcake version. Omega Race's single game variation provides a degree of challenge that will have you hitting that reset button over and over again.
ArcadeAll Game Guide (1998)
The simplistic black-and-white graphics are in direct contrast to the more colorful, increasingly sophisticated animation of many games of the early 1980s, but the sensation of flying through and bouncing around gravity-free space is uncanny. Once the controls are mastered (which doesn't take long), Omega Race is easier than Defender, Tempest and most other shooters of the era as the goals are simple and the enemies are less than fierce or ubiquitous.
Atari 2600Woodgrain Wonderland (Aug 06, 2017)
Omega Race generally plays well, although I found it a little easy compared to the Colecovision version, a fact made worse by its single difficulty setting. I don’t understand why CBS didn’t use the middle rectangle for game info; otherwise, it just seems to hang there. Omega Race is fun enough to warrant a recommendation but barely enough so to tackle its hardware challenges.
If you've never seen the arcade game, you might actually enjoy this cartridge. But if you were waiting for it to bring home the arcade thrill— forget it.
Commodore 64All Game Guide (1998)
If you've never played Omega Race in any of its forms, think of it as a clumsy, hard-to-control Asteroids derivative in which you shoot ships instead of rocks and bounce off walls instead of fly off screen. Fans of the Arcade game will approve but others should stick to better shooters, such as Asteroids, Centipede and Robotron: 2084.
ColecoVisionTilt (Apr, 1984)
Graphisme sommaire, thème (archi-rebattu) de guerre plus ou moins spatiale (vous devez détruire des escadrons hostiles dans un champs clos), Omega Race ressemble plus, de prime abord, à un jeu de la première génération. Pourtant, plus les scores s'élèvent, plus cette cartouche, sans pour autant susciter l'enthousiasme, se révèle agréable.