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The early days: Pre-1980 games
03/29/07 12:04 AM


OK, so I guess I'm a fiend for lists. I went through MAWS and noted every game made before 1980 that included decorated bezels, but I hadn't already mentioned in the first post (Vector games and games with lamps/LEDs, backdrops or overlays). There's quite a few! Note that this list is limited to the games that had visible bezels in the cabinet images. I likely missed some, especially if there isn't a cabinet image in MAWS or the game hasn't been emulated yet.

These were the days before Pac-Man and the arcade explosion of the early 1980s. Lots of great but forgotten games here, with some interesting artwork. I especially like the Universal games, Crash, Robot Bowl, Sky Raider and Atari Basketball.


  • 3D Bowling (Meadows 1978) Used interior cardboard scenery.
  • Ace (Allied Leisure 1976)
  • Acrobat TV (Taito 1977) Same as Exidy Circus, but didn't use lamps(?). Image
  • Amazing Maze (Midway 1976) Done.
  • Astro Fighter (Data East 1979)
  • Barricade (RamTek 1976) DONE.
  • Basketball (Atari 1979) Outer bezel Done!. Inner bezel and "crowd" image in the works.
  • Blasto (Gremlin 1978)
  • Bomb Bee (Namco 1979)
  • Cascade (Sidam 1978) Atari Avalanche clone.
  • Clowns (Midway 1978) In the works.
  • Cops'n Robbers (Atari 1976) In the works (TrevEB)
  • Cosmic Alien (Universal 1979) In the works (Mikonos)
  • Cosmic Guerilla (Universal 1979) Done!
  • Cosmic Monsters (Universal 1979)
  • Cosmic Monsters 2 (Universal 1979)
  • Cosmo (TDS & Mints 1979) Did this game have a decorated bezel?
  • Crash (Exidy 1979) This game's ROMs are now freely available for non-commercial use. In the works.
  • Cutie Q (Namco 1979) Did this game have a decorated bezel?
  • Deep Scan (Sega 1979)
  • Dead Eye (Meadows 1978) Done!
  • Dodgem (Zaccaria 1979)
  • Field Goal (Taito 1979) Used inner and outer bezel.
  • Fire One (Exidy 1979) Very cool split screen bezel. This game's rom is now freely avaialble for non-commercial use. In the works (TrevEB)
  • Galaxian (Zaccaria 1979)
  • Galaxian (Namco 1979) Midway and European Namco versions Done! Japanese Namco Version needed.
  • Gee Bee (Namco 1978)
  • Hit Me (RamTek 1976) only pre-1980 gambling game currently in MAME. Blackjack themed.
  • Hustle (Gremlin 1977)Done! Taito version also needed. Image
  • Invader's Revenge (Zenitone-Microsec Ltd. 1979) Done!
  • Invasion (Sidam 1979) Space Invaders clone.
  • Lazer Command (Meadows Games, Inc. 1976) Both upright and cabaret versions.
  • Lunar Rescue (Taito 1979) Done! Space Invaders conversion version also needed. Bezel was the same as the border on this flyer.
  • Minesweeper (Amutech 1977)
  • Monte Carlo (Atari 1979)
  • Moon Base (Nichibutsu 1979) Space Invaders Part II licensed clone.
  • Pool Shark (Atari 1977)DONE.
  • Rip Cord (Exidy 1979) Bezel in the works! (TrevEB) Did this game use a blue overlay? The flyer seems to imply that it did. This game's rom is now freely available for non-commercial use.
  • Robot Bowl (Exidy 1977) In the works (myclone). This game's rom is now freely available for non-commercial use.
  • Rolling Crash / Moon Base (Nichibutsu 1979)
  • Safari Rally (SNK 1979)
  • Space Chaser (Taito 1979)
  • Space Invaders Part II (Taito 1979)
  • Straight Flush (Taito 1979) Pix 1 Pix 2.
  • Sheriff (Nintendo 1979)
  • Shuffleboard (Midway 1978) Used the same bezel as Midway's "Bowling Alley"
  • Side Track (Exidy 1979) This game's rom is now freely available for non-commercial use. In the works (TrevEB)
  • Sky Raider (Atari 1978) Used outer bezel, interior scenery art and inner bezel/opaque overlay. Cabinet similar to Destroyer & Starship 1. Additional pictures
  • Smokey Joe (Atari 1978)[/url] Done! One player version of Fire Truck
  • Space Launcher (Nintendo 1979)
  • Springboard (Subelectro 1977) UK licensed version of Midway's Clowns.
  • Star Cruiser (RamTek 1977) In the works (TrevEB)
  • Star Fire (Exidy 1979)Done. This game's rom is now freely available for non-commercial use.
  • Super Breakout (Atari 1978) DONE.
  • Super Knockout (Subelectro 1978) UK license of Atari's Super Breakout
  • Tournament Table (Atari 1978) 4 player cocktail table. Used inner bezel and artwork on glass.
  • Ultra Tank (Atari 1978)


EDIT: Moved M-4 to main list because it used a backdrop image. Thanks gregf.
EDIT: Moved Midway's Bowling Alley to main list because of it's "Flash Scoring" lamp panel. Thanks gregf.
EDIT 5/11/07: Added new freely available Exidy rom information.
EDIT 5/29/07: Added Smokey Joe
EDIT 7/2/07: Added RamTek's Hit Me
Edit 7/3/07: Added Subelectro's "Super Knockout", "Springboard"
Edit 8/13/07: Added Minesweeper. Thanks gregf.
Edit 1/2/08: Added Road Runner which was recently dumped
Edit 1/2/08: Moved Road Runner to main list.
Edit 7/8/08: Added Namco version of Galaxian
Edit 3/2/09: Added Acrobat TV and details about Hustle
Edit 3/3/09: Added Lunar Rescue "Space Invaders Conversion" version. Thanks gregf!

Edited by jcroach (12/17/12 04:07 PM)







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. * Re: 4 player eliminator reference photo jibmums  08/02/11 05:22 AM
. * Re: 4 player eliminator reference photo TrevEB  07/30/11 07:48 AM
. * Dig Dug II reference jcroach  06/27/11 06:42 PM
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. * Re: Dig Dug II reference btribble  08/17/11 06:46 PM
. * Re: Dig Dug II reference jcroach  07/29/11 03:57 PM
. * Pitfall 2 bezel reference photo jcroach  06/24/11 02:38 PM
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. * Smash TV dedicated reference photo jcroach  06/24/11 02:38 PM
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. * New free roms! jcroach  01/26/11 07:10 PM
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. * Re: What's on your "most wanted" list? kellyzz64  01/28/12 08:23 PM
. * Re: What's on your "most wanted" list? jcroach  01/30/12 03:36 PM
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. * Re: What's on your "most wanted" list? vectorzorg  12/10/10 09:19 PM
. * Re: What's on your "most wanted" list? orçotüsi5  12/02/10 01:48 AM
. * Re: What's on your "most wanted" list? vectorzorg  11/25/10 11:18 AM
. * Re: What's on your "most wanted" list? jcroach  09/18/10 07:17 PM
. * 3 year anniversary jcroach  03/22/10 06:29 PM
. * Re: 3 year anniversary gregf  03/22/10 11:55 PM
. * Discs of Tron: Done! jcroach  10/28/09 11:45 PM
. * Re: What's on your "most wanted" list? jcroach  08/03/09 03:44 PM
. * Re: What's on your "most wanted" list? R.Coltrane  03/16/09 05:47 PM
. * Re: What's on your "most wanted" list? jcroach  03/16/09 07:00 PM
. * Re: What's on your "most wanted" list? R.Coltrane  03/26/09 08:36 PM
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. * Re: What's on your "most wanted" list? Shoegazr  03/04/09 03:33 AM
. * Re: What's on your "most wanted" list? ranger_lennier  03/03/09 04:53 PM
. * Re: What's on your "most wanted" list? jcroach  03/03/09 06:29 PM
. * Re: What's on your "most wanted" list? ranger_lennier  03/04/09 08:35 PM
. * Re: What's on your "most wanted" list? gregf  03/04/09 11:05 PM
. * Re: What's on your "most wanted" list? jcroach  03/02/09 11:12 PM
. * Re: Requested a while ago but would still love to see Gemini Wing mrclean  11/04/08 07:26 PM
. * Still looking for the Gemini Wing bezel years later! mrclean  11/07/10 12:12 AM
. * where is this bezel? I looke don the FTP and it isnt there? Ad_Enuff  11/06/08 04:29 PM
. * Re: where is this bezel? I looke don the FTP and it isnt there? Mr. DoAdministrator  11/06/08 05:01 PM
. * Ahh that makes sense then..... Ad_Enuff  11/06/08 05:07 PM
. * Looking at it, it needs a lot of love and attention all over.... Ad_Enuff  11/05/08 01:53 PM
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. * Re: What's on your "most wanted" list? Arkanoid Revenge of Doh ! <nt> jcroach  08/20/08 02:31 PM
. * Laserdisc Games jcroach  08/15/08 10:42 PM
. * Re: Laserdisc Games Doosh  04/30/14 11:51 PM
. * Re: Laserdisc Games Grizz9567  07/19/11 05:50 PM
. * Re: Laserdisc Games jcroach  07/19/11 07:12 PM
. * Re: Laserdisc Games Grizz9567  07/20/11 03:32 PM
. * Re: Laserdisc Games jcroach  07/20/11 05:56 PM
. * Us vs Them Does it use the Mach 3 bezel? YES! TrevEB  05/18/11 06:12 PM
. * Re: Us vs Them Does it use the Mach 3 bezel? YES! Nightvoice  05/21/11 10:56 PM
. * Re: Us vs Them Does it use the Mach 3 bezel? YES! jcroach  05/18/11 08:51 PM
. * Re: Us vs Them Does it use the Mach 3 bezel? YES! Antny  05/19/11 12:43 AM
. * Already done... Mr. DoAdministrator  05/19/11 03:58 AM
. * Re: Already done... jcroach  05/19/11 03:40 PM
. * Re: Laserdisc Games jumpmaniac81  02/03/11 06:08 AM
. * Re: Laserdisc Games Naoki  02/07/11 11:59 AM
. * Re: Laserdisc Games TafoidAdministrator  08/15/08 10:59 PM
. * Re: Laserdisc Games jcroach  08/15/08 11:14 PM
. * Re: Laserdisc Games Mr. DoAdministrator  08/16/08 09:50 AM
. * Re: Laserdisc Games jcroach  08/16/08 02:33 PM
. * Re: Laserdisc Games JWallace  08/18/08 04:58 PM
. * Re: Laserdisc Games jcroach  08/18/08 06:18 PM
. * Re: Laserdisc Games JWallace  08/18/08 09:03 PM
. * Re: Laserdisc Games JWallace  08/19/08 06:40 PM
. * Time Traveler and Holosseum jcroach  08/19/08 10:19 PM
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. * Added World Rally jcroach  05/14/08 10:48 PM
. * Re: Added World Rally Haze  05/14/08 11:09 PM
. * Re: Added World Rally jcroach  05/15/08 04:06 PM
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. * Re: Added World Rally Gatinho  08/18/08 09:16 PM
. * Re: Added World Rally TafoidAdministrator  08/19/08 01:23 AM
. * Re: Added World Rally etabeta  05/15/08 08:59 AM
. * Re: What's on your "most wanted" list? anoid  03/28/08 04:16 AM
. * Solar Fox jcroach  03/28/08 03:42 PM
. * Most wanted list one year later jcroach  03/27/08 07:57 PM
. * I'd love to have Star Wars Upright Bezel... Ad_Enuff  04/13/07 04:26 PM
. * I owned that standup from '85-95 (nt) & Galaga FTW SmitdoggAdministrator  08/16/08 04:17 AM
. * Re: I'd love to have Star Wars Upright Bezel... jcroach  04/13/07 06:37 PM
. * Re: What's on your "most wanted" list? mampfi  04/04/07 09:48 AM
. * Re: What's on your "most wanted" list? TheGuru  04/01/07 03:43 PM
. * Re: What's on your "most wanted" list? Mr. DoAdministrator  04/01/07 05:21 PM
. * Re: $200 reward TheGuru  04/05/07 11:47 AM
. * Re: $200 reward VirusHead  04/05/07 11:35 PM
. * Re: $200 reward Gyrovision  04/06/07 05:27 AM
. * Re: $200 reward VirusHead  04/06/07 03:27 PM
. * Re: $200 reward krick  04/06/07 06:03 AM
. * Video Pinball clone?!?! jcroach  03/30/07 04:04 PM
. * Re: Video Pinball clone?!?! ranger_lennier  03/30/07 05:36 PM
. * The early days: Pre-1980 games jcroach  03/29/07 12:04 AM
. * Re: The early days: Pre-1980 games gregf  03/29/07 03:57 AM
. * Definitely Atari Video Pinball ;) RetroLover  03/28/07 04:44 PM
. * Re: What's on your "most wanted" list? vectorzorg  03/24/07 03:59 PM
. * Re: What's on your "most wanted" list? Andrew  03/24/07 04:31 AM
. * Re: What's on your "most wanted" list? Mr. DoAdministrator  03/24/07 12:46 AM
. * Re: What's on your "most wanted" list? jcroach  03/26/07 04:38 PM
. * Re: What's on your "most wanted" list? gregf  03/24/07 12:54 AM
. * Re: What's on your "most wanted" list? Mr. DoAdministrator  03/24/07 01:03 AM
. * Where's the aftermarket Mr Do! bezel??? Ad_Enuff  05/20/08 03:46 PM
. * Re: Where's the aftermarket Mr Do! bezel??? Mr. DoAdministrator  05/20/08 05:23 PM
. * Gimme Gimme Gimme! Ad_Enuff  05/20/08 06:09 PM
. * Re: What's on your "most wanted" list? gregf  03/24/07 09:15 PM
. * Re: What's on your "most wanted" list? gregf  03/24/07 12:28 AM
. * Re: What's on your "most wanted" list? jcroach  03/26/07 04:32 PM
. * Re: What's on your "most wanted" list? rohan  03/24/07 07:15 AM
. * Re: What's on your "most wanted" list? gregf  03/24/07 09:28 PM
. * Re: What's on your "most wanted" list? vectorzorg  12/01/10 11:43 PM
. * Re: hooray..... Desert Patrol marquee gregf  12/02/10 07:42 AM
. * Re: What's on your "most wanted" list? vectorzorg  03/25/07 12:06 AM
. * Re: What's on your "most wanted" list? jcroach  03/26/07 04:27 PM
. * Re: What's on your "most wanted" list? vectorzorg  03/28/07 12:55 AM
. * Re: What's on your "most wanted" list? gregf  03/25/07 12:14 AM

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