This post will be part of my efforts to inform the public about some vintage simulators that are relatively unknown. There is some debate over which motion simulator was actually the first one ever produced for the video arcade for use by the general public so I will cover a few of them that I know of that were made around the same period. Its no surprise that there is debate over this matter as there were quite a few small companies trying to produce something for the arcade scene that was new and different to help arcades recover after the big arcade crash.
The first one I would like to talk about is the Vertigo, made by Exidy in 1984. Most people don’t know that Exidy, manufacturer of games like Mouse Trap and Death Race, actually produced a full-sized simulator at one point. There is little known about this rare game, and I have not heard of an instance of this game existing today in the full-motion cabinet. These games were mostly placed on test location in the Southern California area, so if you lived around there during the mid 80’s, you may have encountered an Exidy Vertigo in an arcade. I know a person who trashed about 20 of these Vertigo machines in the 80s (ouch!), so there must have been at least around 20-30 of them produced, maybe a few more. Like most early simulators, they were around for a short period of time then disappeared due to failure of the machine or low earnings. The gameplay was a sort of a flying game with vector graphics.
If you have played or remember the Exidy Vertigo, feel free to leave your comments.
Also here is a picture and a link that gives more information about this rare, elusive game.