Retro Arcade Flyers, Memories, Facts, trivia and tips all about
anyone else remember the Tamiya radio controlled cars in the early
Thought I would write a brief history of the company Williams in the
USA and there involvement in video games as recall it.
William's previously known for their great pinball machines saw how
popular the video games were becoming in the early 80's thanks to
hits like Space Invaders then Pacman. Sensing this is where the big
money was they jumped on the band wagon releasing video games one of
which was their biggest hit Defender. In the mid to late 80's the
arcade video game bubble burst and money dried up, the industry was
in decline no thanks to the home consoles like Atari.
Williams decided to leave the video games and went back to
pinball's launching some of the most popular and complex tables ever
seen from 1986-1995. In the late 90's though once again pinball
popularity was dieing out so in desperation they had to radically
come up with a new idea to revolutionise the industry. They got
together some of the best pinball and video game engineers and came
up with the idea of combining a video games with pinballs.
In October 1999 they made Pinball 2000 a real pinball with video
game images reflected on the playfield glass. Hat's off to them this
was a great concept in theory and technical break through but sadly
it didn't light up the world and success was short lived partly due
to reliability issues.
I think most people back then you were either a pinball fan or a
video game fan not both. The arcade culture had changed, people
weren't going out and putting money in arcades anymore, the home
console industry was booming.
Williams then decided to forget about pushing boundaries with
pinballs and moved to manufacturing fruit machines which was a
massive disappointment for all there fans.
Went to see the new Disney
movie Wreck It Ralph on the weekend and I must admit despite it
being aimed at kids I absolutely loved it!
It's very well written with so many references to retro arcade
classic games the Fix It Felix Jr game depicted in the movie is
based on Donkey Kong, I noticed this straight away when I saw the
Donkey Kong style cabinet
Ralph is obviously based on Donkey Kong and Felix Jr is
loosely based on the early Mario
Without spoiling it for you and
giving away too many details you have to keep a close eye out for
background characters from classic games lurking around and for you
real geeks out there you will see the reference to the infamous
pacman level 256 kill screen bug at the end of the credits
supposedly making out Ralph was the cause of it! (brilliant
and well researched).
ABOUT SPACE INVADERS UPRIGHT ARCADES
For any retro gaming fan I would strongly recommend this movie, Rich
Moore the main writer is already talking about a sequel this time
including Mario and possible Tron. With Tron already being based on
life inside a game and being owned by Disney it shouldn't be
too hard to marry to the worlds together after all they were jumping
from world to world in this movie anyway.
Very clever film and it perfectly fuses the old and modern gaming
world together flawlessly.
Would like to see a few more retro characters in the sequel maybe
bubble bobble or even Rachet and Clank!
Taito Cabinet (better quality graphics)
This is a photo of the Midway
cabinet version of Space Invaders that we had at home in
1984,bought from a pub that had closed down, it took the old large
10p coins. Note it does not use a joystick, you used to move back
and fore with buttons. Taito's cabinet used a joystick for the ship
The monitor was black and white with a green transparent strip
along the bottom for the bases and an orange transparent strip for
the mystery ship.
As I recall the Midway cabinet was made from painted chipboard that
used to give off a distinct smell inside when the electronics were
warm. Inside was a dedicated game board (not Jamma)
Our cabinet sadly died in 1986 and was regrettably scrapped :(
The game was so popular in
Japan that it caused a coin shortage until the country's Yen supply
was quadrupled. Entire arcades were opened in Japan specifically for
on the 5th level of spaces invaders the second mystery ship will
deflect your bullet and you will hear the rare deflection sound
Space Invaders, along
with Pac-Man and Pong, shares the notorious
distinction of being one of the most duplicated, arcade games.
Our reception area
Toru Iwatani creator of Pacman
Pacman is probably the most famous retro game along side Taito's
It first came out in 1980 two years after space invaders, in fact
it was created by Toru Iwatani who got the idea for his character
from looking down at a pizza which he had taken one wedge out of.
The game was originally call PUCKMAN but they soon changed the name
when they released the middle part of the P could be scratched out
to make an offensive word :)
Masaya Nakamura creator of namco sadly died
recently 1925- 2017
They approached Atari inc to sell them the American rights to Pacman
but Atari refused stating the game was far too easy and it wouldn't
Tori Iwatani received the Guinness world record in 2005 for the
most coin operated arcade machines ever installed world wide 293,822
It is possible to follow a pattern on each maze that will always
clear the screen without being caught by the ghosts, many coin op
masters have worked out this pattern and can stay on the game for
The Perfect Pacman is when you eat every dot, power pill, fruit and
ghost on the first 255 levels.
Did you know the 256th level can not be completed due to a bug in
the original game,
the screen splits and crashes.
It is possible to hide forever in one place on the screen but this
won't gain you points. Where Pacman starts there is a T shaped wall
above him. If you go up to the right most part of the T from the
bottom without any ghosts spotting you go there, do not move stay
still, facing up and you will not be eaten.
Does anyone remember the Pacman scratch cards in
I loved these but never completed one successfully!
Image borrowed from aeropause.com,
he was lucky enough to find these cards and scan one
Do you remember the names of the ghosts?
Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde
Retro Home Computer Gaming
In 1984 Jet Set Willy was released on the Spectrum then the C64, one
of the hardest games I remember with no obivous goal other then to
move in and out of difficult rooms and collect random items. It was
also the first game on tape to feature a colour code on the inside
of the cassette tape inlay. I didn't get very far in this game
despite my best efforts but you can clearly see when you look at the
map some of the levels in the upper manson were inspired by the
classic arcade game Hunchback.
The game was written by Matthew Smith (Software projects)
click the map for a larger image
Jet Set Willy Cassette cover
Jet Set Willy Cassette inlay Security code
a year later in 1985 came Dynamite Dan very similar to Jet Set
this was in my opinion slightly easier and had more interesting
rooms with great music.
needless to say one of my favourite films of all time!!
Tron arcade machine
The TRON standard upright cabinet, painted, fluorescent lines and
two blacklights, to recreate the "glowing circuitry" effect from the
The upright cabinet actually appears in the beginning of the movie
as a Light Cycles arcade game.
we still have this mini Tron game given to
me in 1982
The sequence in the film where he gets laser zapped into the
computer is pretty impressive FX for 1982
in the actual film he is
playing a fiction game called Space Paranoids
thanks to the new film you can now play a version of this online!
its brilliant just like you remember from the movie
It will ask you to install a plugin first
Here is a photo of a fully
customised Tron Joystick we added to our Ultimate Upright arcade
complete with glowing triggers
Track & Rield arcade machine Konami
Track & Field known as
Hyper Olympics in Japan 1983
The sequel to this was Hyper Sports in 1984, this was a
favorite of mine on the Commodore 64 but i could never get past the
Here are a few tips for playing hyper sports
when running use button 1 and 3 alternatively you will run
if in the running you get the same time as player 2 you will get
If you throw the javelin right up in the air off the screen
you will hit a bird and get a bonus.
In the high jump if you fail the first two jumps and clear the bar
on the 3rd jump a mole will burrows up and give you a bonus.
If you and the computer tie for the same time, a frog will appear
and award you a bonus.
If you get a perfect score, a duck will fly across the screen. Shoot
the duck repeatedly to get a bonus scores.
After launching, tap the RUN button to rotate. If you land on your
head, an object will fall from above and award you a bonus. This
will not qualify you for the event, so only do it after you have
If you get all "nices" (bulls-eyes), the target will turn into an
apple. Repeatedly hit the apple for bonus points.
If your jump starts right on the line and the jumps have degrees of
35, 41, and 45 degrees (in order), then a rocket will fly past and
award a bonus. This will not happen if the jump results in a World
If you hit both run buttons simultaneously as the barbell hits the
floor, cheerleaders will pop up and you will be awarded a bonus.
If your pole hits the base plate directly (without skidding) and
you make it over, a gopher will pop up and award you points. Each
successive perfect successful jump will award more points. A miss
will reset the bonus back to the beginning.
Original Taito Bubble Bobble Arcade Flyer 1986
|A Fantastic Game the
first time I saw game where you could collect letters to
make a word "EXTEND" bonuses and extra lifes
You have to guide the two hero's Bub and Bob through 100
levels of adventure to rescue their girlfriends
The EXTEND letters appear on stages where the bubble can
float from the bottom of the screen.
always pop as many bubbles with monsters inside at the
same time as you can WHY?
The EXTEND letters appear according to the number of
monsters you kill at the same time on the stage before
the current one you are on.
all bubbles on the screen turn into fruit if the
hundreds and tens of your score are the same when you
kill the last monster on the current stage
form various places off the net
These codes must be entered on the title
screen showing Bubble Bobble written inside a cloud.
BUBBLE JUMP BUBBLE JUMP BUBBLE JUMP
RIGHT 1P-the screen will say original game mode and you
will get the bonus doors whether you die or not.
LEFT JUMP LEFT 1P LEFT BUBBLE LEFT 1P- it will say power
up at the bottom of the screen and you will have fast
feet and fast bubbles
1P JUMP BUBBLE LEFT RIGHT JUMP 1P
RIGHT- You play the game with the monsters from the
first 50 screens in the last 50 and visa-versa.
High Score table
At the end of a game enter the initials
below, They mainly effect the second bonus object that
appears on the first set. The best way to see these
rewards is to bubble trap the first 3 monsters and wait
for the second bonus to appear, get the bonus and then
blow as many bubbles as you can to get the maximum
KTT beer-turns bubbles into pizzas at end of level, what a perfect match !!!
... Knife-flying cakes/beer/etc across the screen, turn enemies into 6k diamonds
MTJ coke can-flying cakes/beer/etc across the screen, turn enemies into 6k diamonds
SEX pitch fork-flying cakes/beer/etc across the screen, turn enemies into 6k diamonds
TAK octopus-turns bubbles into X's at end of level
STR flamingo-turns bubbles into smiling turd at end of level
The Rainbow Islands The Story Of Bubble Bobble 2
I used to play this on the Amiga A500
Island five is based the classic super breakout style game Arkanoid,
Doh is the boss of the level.
There are also stages which are based on Bubble Bobble which
happened to be one of the only arcade perfect games on the Commodore
I used to love this game, completed it on my Dragon 32 home computer
RETRO ARCADE MOVIES WE HAVE FOUND YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT
KING OF KONG TRAILER a fistful of
KING OF CON TRAILER
(interesting, was the King of Kong documentary film really fake?)
CHASING GHOSTS DOCUMENTARY
ABOUT RETRO ARCADE GAME PLAYERS
this is 1.5hrs long
Arcade Attack - Silver Ball
Heroes VS Video Invaders (1982)
Atari Tempest Arcade Cabinet (flyer below)
You control a yellow horse shoe shaped ship that travels along the
outside of a three dimensional tunnel,
shooting enemies down the lanes of the tunnel while avoiding any
coming down the lanes.
The tunnel takes on many different shapes the ship is equipped with
a super zapper that enables it to kill all enemies
present in the tunnel in one go.
Tempest arcade machine flyer 1981 great artwork and great original
game using a spinner
gets my award for best retro arcade flyer
scans of original arcade posters from around the world
we have some of these on my wall in the reception area!
Galaga 88 arcade poster
Berzerk Arcade machine Game Poster
if you like late 80's vigilante style
games & films check out a retro game called NARC from Williams 1988,
stereo typical supercop trying to rid the streets of thugs and
Side A of the Dragon's Lair Arcade Machine flyer 1983
Side B of the Dragon's Lair Arcade Machine flyer 1983
Pulsar Arcade machine flyer
(does this really make you want to play the game? compared with the
below Punchout flyer
Punchout Arcade Machine flyer
Guantlet Arcade machine 1985
Asteriods deluxe arcade machine flyer
Astro Blaster arcade flyer
Pleids Arcade Machine flyer
Asteriods arcade machine
centipede arcade machine
Defender arcade machine flyer
ghost n goblins arcade
operation wolf arcade machine
moon cresta Arcade Game Flyer
amazing cabinet on the right, you looked threw a rubber mask at the
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archived its history
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arcade games on your PC
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Arcade flyer archive
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