Lost In Translation/Rally-X

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Rally-X marquee.
No screen shot.
Rally-X control panel.
Manufacturer Namco
Released 1980
4-way Joystick
1 Button(s)
Main CPU Z80 (@ 3.072 MHz)
Sound CPU Mono
Namco (@ 96.000 kHz)
Raster (Horizontal)
288 x 224 pixels
60.61 Hz
32 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 12 ROMs
21,600 bytes (21.09 KiB)
MAME ID rallyx · rallyxm

About The Game

Rally-X is an overhead-view, maze-based arcade video driving game.

In Rally-X, the player drives a car around a maze picking up all of the yellow flags, of which there are 10, before the car's fuel runs out. The game-play has a similar feel to another Namco legend, "Pac-Man"; although in Rally-X's mazes are much larger and, with each maze having only 10 flags to collect, is more sparsely populated than Namco's pill-eating legend.

In-game opponents consist of red enemy cars that try to ram into and destroy the player's car, a problem compounded by the fact that enemy cars are faster than the player's. A smoke screen can be activated which trails behind the player's car and causes any pursuing enemies to crash. Each maze also has rock formations which, if crashed into, will result in the loss of a player car. A radar display to the right hand side of the playing area shows the positions of both the flags, and the enemy vehicles.


Released in October 1980.

Also licensed to Midway (January 1981).

In 1980 "Defender", "Pac-Man", and "Battlezone" were shown alongside Rally-X at a trade show sponsored by the Amusement Machine Operators of America. It was believed that Rally-X would be the top money-earner. Defender went on to sell more than 60,000 units—more than disproving these projections—and cemented its place in video game history.

A Rally-X unit appears in the 1982 movie 'Tron'.


In the introduction to the bonus stages, the Namco version misspells 'Challenging' as 'Charanging'. This was corrected in the Midway version.


  • Collecting a flag : 100 points x the flag collected up to a maximum of 1,000 points.
  • Special Flag : Doubles points for all flags collected. If collected first, the last flag is worth 2,000 points.
  • End of screen bonus : Points for remaining fuel.

Tips and tricks

Easter Egg

  1. Enter service mode.
  2. Keep B1 pressed and enter the following sequence : UP(x2), DOWN(x7), RIGHT, LEFT(x6).
  3. '(c) NAMCO LTD. 1980' will be added at the bottom of the screen.


  1. Rally-X (1980)
  2. New Rally-X (1981)

Cabinet and Artwork


Sony PlayStation (1995, "Namco Museum Vol.1")
Sony PlayStation 2 (2005, "Namco Museum 50th Anniversary")
Microsoft XBOX (2005, "Namco Museum 50th Anniversary")
Nintendo GameCube (2005, "Namco Museum 50th Anniversary")
Nintendo Game Boy Advance (2005, "Namco Museum 50th Anniversary")
Sony PSP (2005, "Namco Museum Battle Collection")
MSX (1984)
Fujitsu FM-7 (1984)
PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] (1997, Namco History Vol.2")
PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] (1998, "Microsoft Revenge of Arcade")
PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] (2005, "Namco Museum 50th Anniversary")
Arcade (1996, "Namco Classics Collection Vol.2")
Namco Classics TV Game (2003 - Jakk's Pacific)

Soundtrack Releases

Album Name Catalogue No. Released Publisher Comments
Extra ~Official Compilation~ VGCD-0087[1] 2007-06-22 Five Records CD version.
Namco Classics Collection Vol. 2 Arcade Soundtrack 012 WSCA-00012[2] 1998-02-18 Wonder Spirits CD version.
Namco Arcade 80's SCDC-00272[3] 2003-05-21 Scitron Discs CD version.
Arcade Ambiance 1981 N/A[4] 2002-01-01 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.