Lost In Translation/Jail Break

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Jail Break
Jail Break marquee.
No screen shot.
Jail Break control panel.
Manufacturer Konami
Released 1986
8-way Joystick
2 Button(s)
Main CPU M6809 (@ 3.000 MHz)
Sound CPU Mono
SN76496 (@ 1.500 MHz)
VLM5030 (@ 3.580 MHz)
Raster (Horizontal)
240 x 224 pixels
60.00 Hz
32 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 13 ROMs
139,840 bytes (136.56 KiB)
MAME ID jailbrek · manhatan

About The Game

Jail Break is an arcade video game.

A mass prison breakout has occurred and the prison warden has been kidnapped in this sideways scrolling shoot-em-up from Konami. The player controls a lonely police officer whose job it is to kill the hordes of escaped convicts and, eventually, rescue the kidnapped warden. Each level also has a number of civilian hostages that also roam the levels and need to be rescued.

The player begins the game with only a pistol, but 2 extra weapons, in the form of a bazooka and a tear gas gun, can be collected. The 'Weapon Select' button cycles through the player's weapons via a display at the bottom of the screen. When the desired weapon is highlighted, pressing the Fire button will select and fire the desired weapon.

Hostages will randomly run across the screen and can be rescued by running into them. Should the player accidentally shoot a hostage, all extra weapons will be lost leaving only the pistol.


Released in March 1986.

This game is known in Japan as "Manhattan 24 Bunsho - NY 151 Nishi Dai 100 Street".

Jail Break's premise of a city overrun with convicts and a kidnapped ViP is based upon John Carpenter's 1981 film, 'Escape from New York'.

Donn Nauert holds the official record for this game with 185,900 points.

Tips and tricks

Easter Egg

From the beginning of the game, rescue four hostages in a row; you have to do this to get the tear gas gun. Shortly after getting the fourth hostage, there will be a convict shooting down at you from a building. He is the first window shooter in the game, shoot him with the Tear Gas gun and you will be 'rewarded' with a brief glimpse of a topless woman. This also occurs at other points in the game.


Executive Producers
K.K and K.K
Music By
Sound Effect Study Room
Directed By
Oolong Sugimo
Produced By
Soft Second Development Room

Cabinet and Artwork


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

Soundtrack Releases

Album Name Catalogue No. Released Publisher Comments
Arcade Ambiance 1986 N/A[1] 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.