Lost In Translation/Polaris

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Polaris marquee.
No screen shot.
Polaris control panel.
Manufacturer Taito
Released 1980
8-way Joystick
1 Button(s)
Main CPU 8080 (@ 1.997 MHz)
Sound CPU Mono
Raster (Vertical)
260 x 224 pixels
59.54 Hz
Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 8 ROMs
13,568 bytes (13.25 KiB)
MAME ID polaris · polarisa

About The Game

Polaris is an arcade video game shoot-em-up sharing many similarities to Taito's most famous shoot-em-up, "Space Invaders", in which a player takes on the role of Commander of a Polaris class nuclear submarine. War has been declared and the Polaris' mission is to defend the country from enemy attack.

In battle, players must defend against wave after wave of enemy planes (fighter jets and missile-dropping bi-planes) as well as enemy subs and destroyers. Players must also be careful to avoid the many mines and depth charges that litter the ocean.


Released in August 1980. Also released as a Cocktail model : "T.T Polaris".

Cyril Herridge holds the official record for this game with 791,800 points.

A Polaris in a mini-cabinet was shown at the 2003 classic arcade games show 'California Extreme' in San Jose, California.

Cabinet and Artwork


Atari 2600 (1983)
Sony PlayStation 2 (2007, "Taito Memories II Vol. 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.