Lost In Translation/Armor Attack

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Armor Attack
Armor Attack marquee.
No screen shot.
Armor Attack control panel.
Manufacturer Cinematronics
Released 1980
2-way Joystick
2 Button(s)
Main CPU CCPU (@ 5.000 MHz)
Sound CPU Mono
Vector (Horizontal)
0 x 0 pixels
38.00 Hz
32,768 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 10 ROMs
16,800 bytes (16.41 KiB)
MAME ID armora · armorap · armorar

About The Game

Armor Attack is a wireframe, top-down shoot-em-up in which the player controls a small jeep and must destroy the many tanks and helicopters that populate the war-torn cityscape that represents the game's single play area. As with many games of the time ("Space Invaders", "Battlezone", etc.), Armor Attack's graphics were simple monochrome, with a colour overlay added to the cabinet to give the impression of multicolour graphics.


Licensed to Sega for Japan market (July 1980). Also licensed to Rock-ola.

As mentioned in the 'Description' section, all of the background graphics were created with the addition of a monitor bezel/plastic overlay; with the game itself only generating the jeeps, tanks, helicopters and the shots they fire. Armor Attack was one of two games Skelly created for Cinematronics that required overlay backgrounds, with 'Warrior' being the other. Skelly designed six vector games and programmed five of them during his tenure at Cinematronics.

According to some, the morse code sound effects in the background actually spell out a message : "Don't Register". This was reportedly a form of protest by Skelly against the fact that draft registration had recently been re-instated.

Paul Hall and Derek Davis hold the official record for this game on 'Doubles' settings with 2,257,850 points on April 2, 1982.

Tom Larkin holds the official record for this game on 'Single' settings with 2,009,000 points on September 25, 1982.


Target Points
Tank Body 20
Tank Turret 30
Helicopter 100

Bonus is advanced by 10 points per tank.

By advancing bonus to 50, player scores an extra jeep which then resets bonus to zero.


Designed & Programmed By
Tim Skelly

Cabinet and Artwork


GCE Vectrex (1982)
LCD handheld game (1982) released by Mattel.

The contents of this page are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
The sources used include MAME (version 0.113u2) and history.dat (revision 1.28 - 2008-10-18).
Please see http://www.arcade-history.com for credits.