Cinematronics & Vectorbeam built 15
from the first "Space War" in 1978 until "Cosmic Chasm" in 1983.
Machines of both companies, Cinematronics and Vectorbeam are listed
here because Vectorbeam was founded by the Cinematronics employees
and Bill Cravens. They built "Vectorbeam" versions of Space War,
Starhawk, Warrior and Speedfreak. Some said, at a better quality than
Cinematronics. Later Cinematronics bought Vectorbeam
and closed them.
Most of the machines of Vectorbeam & Cinematronics
were based on the same hardware,
the CCPU, a 12 bit CPU comprised of three 4-bit ALU's and associated
circuitry with a specific Sound Board per Game.
Only Cosmic Chasm
in 1983 used
an 68000 CPU and was the last Vectorgame released by Cinematronics.
Today all of these are scarce at least here in Europe. One must have
much luck to find such a game on EBAY or locally. Even if you find one,
the prices are very high. Most operators know in the meantime what
specialties they have.
This page and the following will show you all of the information I have
collected over time.