Lost In Translation/Joust 2 - Survival of the Fittest

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Joust 2
Survival of the Fittest
Joust 2 marquee.
No screen shot.
Joust 2 control panel.
Manufacturer Williams
Released 1986
2-way Joystick
2 Button(s)
Main CPU M6809 (@ 1.000 MHz)
M6808 (@ 1.000 MHz)
Sound CPU Mono
YM2151 (@ 3.580 MHz)
Raster (Vertical)
276 x 240 pixels
60.10 Hz
1,024 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 25 ROMs
290,816 bytes (284.00 KiB)
MAME ID joust2

About The Game

Joust 2 - Survival of the Fittest is an arcade video game.

On the planet of the floating cliffs, society calls upon its wing-mounted Gladiators to solve conflicts. You, the Gladiator, must enter the fray, participating in a challenge of honor, a joust... where only the fittest survive!

The legend of Joust continues in Joust 2. Players must solve the puzzle of what strategy will be most effective in dealing with the buzzards and other winged enemies on each of Joust 2's thirty-five different backgrounds.

The object of Joust 2 is to defeat all winged enemies by colliding with them. To survive a collision (Joust), the Gladiators lance must be higher.

Defeating a Buzzard Enemy in a Joust causes release of an Egg. Eggs may be caught in the air or collected on landing areas for bonus points. Be Careful! Eggs falling into the Lava form into aggressive mutants, while uncollected Eggs hatch into dangerous warriors.

Danger lurks everywhere! Giant Statues come to life; Bats fall out of crystals embedded in the rocks; Lava Trolls and Water Monsters eat unsuspecting bird-mounts; Lightning fills the air; and Unbeatable? Pterodactyls patrol the skies. A gigantic Knight presides on several waves. You, the Gladiator, must destroy him! Hitting all four of his red pins explodes the Knight and all his servants.

Prepare thyself for War!

BUY-IN : Joust 2 is designed for action entertainment for one or two simultaneous players. Players who have started the game may continue where they left off by using the BUY-IN feature. When a player has used all of his lives, he will hear : WISH TO CONTINUE? A 10-second timer appears in the players score area to allow the game to continue by using a Credit, or inserting a coin, before the player presses the START button.

LEVEL SELECTION : At the beginning of a game, the player selects, via the flap button, one of six different waves, corresponding to the player's skill level. Then, pressing the start button begins the game. If the player wins the starting wave, he receives an award of points, approximating the scoring from preceding waves.

Additional Technical Information

Players : 2

Control : 2-way joystick

Buttons : 2 (FLAP, TRANSFORM)


The year was 1986 and the arcade industry was in a big slump, the golden age had been over for a few years, and the brief revival of the late 80s had not yet begun. Williams decided to do a sequel to their classic Joust title, and came up with Joust 2 - Survival Of The Fittest. This was a complete update to the original with new enemies and a variety of different levels, but it had one little flaw, it just simply was not as fun as the original. It was a great game on its own, but not when compared to "Joust". They only ended up making about 1,000 of these, and most of them saw little action on the arcade floor. The players seemed to prefer the original "Joust" (which most arcades still had back then). Most of these machines ended up being pulled from the arcades after only a few months, and have survived to the present day in excellent conditions (It seems they were pulled for lack of profits, but most of them were not converted, because by 1986 most operators had a whole warehouse full of games to convert, and would usually select an older title rather than a new one that they could possibly sell off to someone else).

Dwayne Richard holds the official record for this game with 2,655,600 points.

A Joust 2 machine was shown at the 2003 classic arcade games show 'California Extreme' in San Jose, California.

Tips And Tricks

Gold Egg Feature

A Gold Egg may randomly appear on any wave. Collecting the Gold Egg before it hatches opens a window of awards in the background. To collect an award, step on the red button above the window before a timer expires. Both players reap the benefits of the posted award, which may include bonuses of 1,000 to 10,000 points, 'super zapping' all enemies on the screen, or even receiving an extra life.


  1. Joust (1982)
  2. Joust 2 - Survival of the Fittest (1986)


Designed By
John Newcomer (JRN)
Programmed By
Joe Hellesen (JOE)
Kristina Donofrio (KVD)
Warren Davis (WBD)
Sounds By
Chris Granner (C G)
Graphics By
John Newcomer (JRN)
Jack E. Haeger
Cabinet Graphics By
Tim Elliott

Cabinet and Artwork


Sony PlayStation (1997, "Arcade's Greatest Hits - The Midway Collection 2")
Sony PlayStation 2 (2003, "Midway Arcade Treasure")
Nintendo Gamecube (2003, "Midway Arcade Treasure")
Microsoft XBOX (2003, "Midway Arcade Treasure")
PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] (1997, "Arcade's Greatest Hits - The Midway Collection 2")
PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] (2004, "Midway Arcade Treasure")

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.