Lost In Translation/Front Line

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Front Line
Front Line marquee.
No screen shot.
Front Line control panel.
Manufacturer Taito Corporation
Released 1982
Control
Method
(2x) 8-way Joystick
2 Button(s)
Main CPU Z80 (@ 4.000 MHz)
Z80 (@ 3.000 MHz)
Sound CPU Mono
(4x) AY-3-8910A (@ 1.500 MHz)
DAC
Video
Details
Raster (Vertical)
256 x 224 pixels
60.00 Hz
64 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 23 ROMs
88,320 bytes (86.25 KiB)
MAME ID frontlin

About The Game

Front Line is a war-themed arcade video game game.

Traveling through enemy territory the player must accomplish the ultimate mission or meet a violent end : capture the enemy fort and win total victory.

The journey begins slowly with the player armed with a gun (special Gun Control) and hand grenades. Quickly he becomes a target for enemy soldiers who also have guns and grenades. Moving faster, he races past trees that hide the enemy who now unleash an ambush barrage of bullets and bombs. Even the ground he races over has been booby-trapped with land mines.

If the player successfully makes it through this deadly obstacle course, he meets an even greater challenge... the enemy is attacking with tanks! His gun now useless, the player can stand and fight with grenades or leap into his own tank (special Tank button) and counter attack.

The battle rages on all fronts as the player fights for his life, racing for cover behind brick walls while outrunning grenades thrown by soldiers in fox holes. It's all-out war when the player jumps from his tank into a larger one with greater firepower.

Now comes the final test of victory as the enemy's fort looms in sight. The player must leap from the tank and run through a hail of bullets to throw one final grenade. The white flag heralds total victory!

Trivia

John Dunlea holds the official record for this game with 727,500 points.

A Front Line unit appears in the 1983 movie 'Joysticks'.

A Front Line machine was shown at the 2003 classic arcade games show 'California Extreme' in San Jose, California.

Scoring

  • Enemy soldiers : 100 points.
  • Enemy tanks (small and large) : 100 points if killed with tank fire, 200 points if killed with a grenade.
  • Final tank : 200 points.
  • End of level bonus : 1000 points.
  • For levels 2 through 9 : all scores are multiplied by the level number.
  • For levels 10 and higher : all scores are multiplied by 10.

Cabinet and Artwork

Ports

Consoles 
Atari 2600
ColecoVision
Nintendo Famicom (1985)
Sony PlayStation 2 (2005, "Taito Memories Vol. 2")
Microsoft XBOX (2006, "Taito Legends 2")
Sony PlayStation 2 (2006, "Taito Legends 2")
Computers 
MSX (1984)
PC [CD-ROM] (2006, "Taito Legends 2")


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.