Lost In Translation/Gun.Smoke

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Gun.Smoke marquee.
No screen shot.
Gun.Smoke control panel.
Manufacturer Capcom
Released 1985
8-way Joystick
3 Button(s)
Main CPU Z80 (@ 4.000 MHz)
Z80 (@ 3.000 MHz)
Sound CPU Mono
(2x) YM2203 (@ 1.500 MHz)
Raster (Vertical)
256 x 224 pixels
60.00 Hz
256 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 32 ROMs
707,072 bytes (690.50 KiB)
MAME ID gunsmoke · gunsmoka · gunsmokj · gunsmoku

About The Game

Gun.Smoke is wild west-themed vertically scrolling shoot-em-up arcade game, in which the player takes the role of Billy; a young Sheriff charged with hunting down and killing a number of infamous 'Wanted' outlaws.

Each level is packed with gun-toting bandits and the Sheriff must shoot his way through the stage, before finally taking on the wanted outlaw 'boss' character at the end. Each outlaw wields a special weapon unique to them, such as a Winchester rifle, knives, darts or boomerangs.

Shooting the barrels that litter the levels reveals power-ups such as boots (for extra speed), rifles (for increased range) and bullets (for rapid fire). The game's 3 directional fire buttons (for firing left, right or ahead) can be combined (pressed Simultaneously) to create a total of 8 different firing directions.


Released in November 1985.

Licensed to Romstar for US manufacture and distribution.

Gun.Smoke was available as conversion kits (from Romstar - called 'quick-kits') for "Pac-Man" and "Centipede".

Although it shares the same title, the game isn't based on the long-running American TV series Gunsmoke, regardless of the fact that both have a western-theme. The dot in Gun.Smoke is there so as not to breach trademark.

Jaime Guzman holds the official record for this game with 1,465,250 points.

Alfa Records released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Capcom Game Music - 28XA-94) on 25/08/1986.


World version
You can enter 3 chars for your initials.
Japanese version (but English text though)
You can enter 8 chars for your initials.
US version 1 (licenced to Romstar)
You can enter 3 chars for your initials.
US version 2 (licenced to Romstar)
You can enter 3 chars for your initials.
Some code has been added for the 'Lives' Dip Switch that replaces the 'Demonstation' one (so demonstration is always OFF).
Year is 1986 instead of 1985.
High score is 110000 instead of 100000.
Levels 3 and 6 are swapped.

Tips and tricks

An Interesting Bug

When you're on level 2, make sure you have a horse when you kill Roy Knife. Once he is dead, walk over his corpse and your horse will be killed. Roy raises from the dead as a sort of indestructible zombie. You can shoot him as much as you like, but he won't die. In this way you can play until you get tired of it.


  1. Gun.Smoke (1985)
  2. Desperado 2 (1989, Amstrad CPC)


From Hiscore Table
Music By
Ayako Mori (Kura<3Aya)
Kihaji Okamoto

Cabinet and Artwork


Nintendo Famicom (1988)
Nintendo Famicom Disk (1988)
Sony PlayStation (1998, "Capcom Generation 4")
Sony PlayStation (1998, "Capcom Generations - Blazing Guns")
Sega Saturn (1998, "Capcom Generation 4")
Sony PlayStation 2 (2005, "Capcom Classics Collection")
Microsoft XBOX (2005, "Capcom Classics Collection")
Sony PSP (2006, "Capcom Classics Collection Reloaded")
Commodore C64 (1987)
Amstrad CPC (1987, "Desperado - Gun.Smoke")
Sinclair Spectrum (1988)
PC [CD-ROM] (1999, "Capcom Arcade Hits 3")

Soundtrack Releases

Album Name Catalogue No. Released Publisher Comments
Capcom Game Music 28XA-94[1] 1986-08-25 Alfa Records CD version.
Capcom Game Music ALC-22905[2] 1986-08-25 Alfa Records Cassette version.
Capcom Game Music ALR-22905[3] 1986-08-25 Alfa Records Vinyl version.
Capcom Game Music SCDC-00193[4] 2002-06-19 Scitron Digital Content Inc. CD version.
Arcade Ambiance 1986 N/A[5] 2004-08-27 Andy Hofle Digital download only.

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.