Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Peer Johannsen

Weird Science - Tales from the Vectrex Academy Lab

Vectrex Project Title

  • An analysis of the original Star Ship cartridge and source code

Project Status

  • Ongoing research


  • Digital Archeology - An investigation of the Star Ship cartridge
  • Ok, I had planned to merely do a plain comparison of the source code of Star Ship and the source code of Star Trek, but then I discovered an Easter Egg hidden inside Star Ship, which, to my best knowledge, as of today has not yet been reported before.
  • Please correct me if I am wrong, but I searched on the web, and I did not find this mentioned anywhere.

Easter Egg

  • Star Ship was coded by Mark Indictor, and inside the game he hid his credentials extremely well:
  • ... when you have lost your last ship ...
  • ... and when the "REPLAY: ANY KEY" message appears on the screen ...
  • ... then if you managed to achieve a score of at least 500.000 points ...
  • ... and if you then press buttons 1 on both controllers and keep them pressed ...


  • .. then the name M. INDICTOR will appear at the bottom of the screen.
  • Note that this easter egg is contained in Star Ship, but not in Star Trek.
  • To be continued...


  • Again, this analysis would not have been possible without Vide.
  • Many thanks to Malban for once more adding tons of new features I suggested or asked for.


  • Peer Johannsen

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