Lost In Translation/Fire Trap

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Fire Trap
Fire Trap marquee.
No screen shot.
Fire Trap control panel.
Manufacturer Data East USA
Released 1986
(2x) 4-way Joystick
1 Button(s)
Main CPU Z80 (@ 6.000 MHz)
M6502 (@ 1.536 MHz)
Sound CPU Mono
YM3526 (@ 3.000 MHz)
MSM5205 (@ 384.000 kHz)
Raster (Vertical)
256 x 240 pixels
60.00 Hz
256 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 20 ROMs
565,760 bytes (552.50 KiB)
MAME ID firetrap · firetpbl

About The Game

Fire Trap is an abstract arcade video game in which a single player tales on the role of a firefighter, who must climb a burning building rescuing the people and animals who are trapped inside. As well as the fires, the firefighter must also avoid or deflect (the latter with his extinguisher) a number of falling objects and debris, including cars, couches, hammers, chairs, lamps, stoves and refridgerators.

Fire Trap is very similar, gameplay-wise, to Nichibutsu's 1980 classic, "Crazy Climber". As the firefighter climbs the building, he must use his fire extinguisher to put out the fires which include burning papers, flame-gushing windows and moving fireballs. The fire extinguisher contains only a limited amount of water, so must be used it wisely. Certain extinguished fires, however, reveal cannistors of extinguisher fuel to be colleced. Other extinguished fires reveal bonuses and, very occasionally, springboards; which shoot the player higher up the skyscraper.

The firefighter's ultimate aim is to reach the roof of the skyscraper and rescue a young woman who is trapped there. As the firefighter reaches the roof, a giant fireball appears and circles the tower; this must be either avoided or extinguished. After the firefighter has rescued the woman, he must fly down the building with his jet pack and extinguish any fires remaining on the building; before finally landing safely on the ground. The firefighter will then move on to another burning building to make another rescue attempt.


The stylized looking flame to the left of the word 'Fire Trap' on the title screen is actually the kanji character 'honoo', which means 'flame'.

Gary Hatt holds the official record for this game with 417,740 points.

Cabinet and Artwork


Amstrad CPC (1986)
Commodore C64 (1987)
Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1988)

External Links

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.