Lost In Translation/Kangaroo

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Kangaroo marquee.
No screen shot.
Kangaroo control panel.
Manufacturer Sun Electronics
Released 1982
8-way Joystick
1 Button(s)
Main CPU (3x) Z80 (@ 2.500 MHz)
Z80 (@ 2.500 MHz)
Sound CPU Mono
AY-3-8910A (@ 1.250 MHz)
Raster (Vertical)
256 x 240 pixels
60.00 Hz
24 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 12 ROMs
47,104 bytes (46.00 KiB)
MAME ID kangaroo · kangaroa · kangarob

About The Game

Kangaroo is an platform arcade video game in which the player controls a mother Kangaroo who must climb through the treetops trying to rescue her captured son. Numerous monkeys, the kidnappers of her child, roam the levels set on stopping the player's progress. The monkeys constantly throw apples at the Kangaroo which must either be avoided (either by ducking or jumping, depending on the height of the approaching apple), or punched away, the latter of which allows the Kangaroo to punch the apple back towards the attacking monkey.

If the player stalls for too long or does not punch either an apple or a monkey, a giant ape will appear and steal the Kangaroo's boxing gloves, leaving the player temporarily defenseless. The gloves are returned after a short time.

Fruit and vegetables litter the levels and can be picked up for bonus points. Each level also has a bell hanging from one of its platforms, which can be punched to make fruit and vegetable items appear. The game consists of 4 different stages, once these are completed the game begins again with an increased level of difficulty.


Released in June 1982.

Also licensed to Atari (July 1982, Game ID : 136008). Approximately 9,800 units were produced by Atari.

David Kirk holds the official record for this game with 921,800 points.

In 1982, Atari released a set of 12 collector pins including : "Missile Command", "Battle Zone", "Tempest", "Asteroids Deluxe", "Space Duel", "Centipede", "Gravitar", "Dig Dug", "Kangaroo", "Xevious", "Millipede" and "Food Fight".

Kangaroo also spawned a cartoon series of the same name : Ruby-Spears Productions. Produced By Joe Ruby, Ken Spears. Aired as part of the second season of 'Saturday Supercade' on CBS.

Cabinet and Artwork


Atari 2600 (1983)
Atari 5200 (1983)
Atari 800 (1983)

Soundtrack Releases

Album Name Catalogue No. Released Publisher Comments
Classic in Game Music - Legend Compilation Series SCDC-00463[1] 2005-09-21 Scitron Discs CD version.
Arcade Ambiance 1983 N/A[2] 2003-01-01 Andy Hofle Digital download only.


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.