Lost In Translation/Vindicators

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Vindicators marquee.
No screen shot.
Vindicators control panel.
Manufacturer Atari Games
Released 1988
(2x) 2-way Joystick
4 Button(s)
Main CPU 68010 (@ 7.159 MHz)
M6502 (@ 1.790 MHz)
Sound CPU Stereo
YM2151 (@ 3.579 MHz)
POKEY (@ 1.790 MHz)
Raster (Horizontal)
336 x 240 pixels
59.92 Hz
16,384 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 20 ROMs
1,262,608 bytes (1.20 MiB)
MAME ID vindictr · vindice3 · vindice4 · vindict1 · vindict2 · vindict4 · vindicte · vindictg

About The Game

Vindicators is an arcade video game.

As team commander of the SR-88 Strategic Battle tanks, you must face the evil invading forces of the Tangent Empire. They're invading the galaxy with 14 space stations designed to defeat your team. Turrets and highly mobile armoured tanks are constantly on patrol to protect the fortifications that Tangents have built.

With limited supplies and weapons, you must make a last stand and attempt to defeat the invaders. The most powerful weapon in your arsenal is the SR-88 Battle Tank, but their fuel supply is very volatile. You must constantly replenish its fuel by picking up fuel canisters throughout the stations' many levels.

Battle stars can be found along the way. These are vital to enhancing your tank and adding weapons. Process generators can convert the battle stars into powers and weapons while in transit between levels and stations. Only with these customized tanks can the evil Tangent Empire be conquered.

As you defeat each station, demolish its control room and take the supplies the fleeing Tangents have left behind. Proceed in their mother ship to the next station for another battle.


Released in April 1988. 1988 was quite a year for Atari and tank games, since they also released "Assault" that very same year.

The Vindicators dedicated cabinet is a real favourite among some arcade game collectors. This is probably due to its unique shape, it is shaped a lot like a tank, with tank treads holding up the bottom section of the cabinet. The top half is decorated with sticker side-art that shows scenes from the game, and these same graphics generally carry over to the control panel and the front of the machine. The control panel features four tank handle controllers.

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


  • Build date : OS : 08APR1988 11 :50 :08 / PG : 11APR1988 16 :34 :40
  • Build date : OS : 08APR1988 11 :50 :08 / PG : 12APR1988 14 :53 :35
  • Build date : OS : 08APR1988 11 :50 :08 / PG : 20APR1988 11 :21 :49
  • Build date : OS : 08APR1988 11 :50 :08 / PG : 26APR1988 10 :49 :46


Designed & Programmed By
Kelly Turner (KFT)
Norm Avellar (NLA)
Russel Dawe (Rusty) (RBD)
Art & Animation By
Kris Moser (KEM)
Susan G. McBride (SGM)
Audio By
Brad Fuller (BAF)
Hal Canon (HAL)

Cabinet and Artwork


Box art for the DoMark port of Vindicators.
Nintendo Famicom (1988)
Sony PlayStation 2 (2003, "Midway Arcade Treasure")
Nintendo GameCube (2003, "Midway Arcade Treasure")
Microsoft XBOX (2003, "Midway Arcade Treasure")
Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1989)
Amstrad CPC (1989)
Atari ST (1989)
Commodore Amiga ("Vindicators", 1989, DoMark)
Commodore C64 (1990)
PC [MS Windows, CD-Rom] (1998, "Arcade's Greatest Hits - The Atari Collection 2")
PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] (2004, "Midway Arcade Treasure")
Tiger LCD Handheld Game (1989)

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.