Arcade Zen: Knott’s Berry Farm, Circa 1981

Knott's 1981

Knott's 1981-2

How many games can you name?

(Photos via Orange County Archives/Flickr)

11 Responses to “Arcade Zen: Knott’s Berry Farm, Circa 1981”


  1. 1 Brad Conrad May 27, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    Here’s what I got (not much): I can’t identify what the kid in the cowboy hat is playing (I’d love to know though – it looks familiar. Next to him around that post is Missile Command (guy and girl in heels) and Asteroids. Berzerk against the right wall. Can’t see what the two guys are playing at the next post back but to their left is Taito’s Crazy Climber (you can see the dual joysticks) and to their right is Scramble (unmistakable side art).

    As far as the pinball goes, they all look older than late 70’s early 80’s machines.

    • 2 2W2N May 27, 2015 at 9:39 pm

      You did better than me! So we need cowboy hat kid game, game between Crazy Climber and Scramble, game to the left of Berserk, and game behind Berserk (looks like it starts with ‘H’).

  2. 3 Brad Conrad May 28, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    OK, cowboy hat kid is playing Cosmic Guerilla by Universal.
    Universal used that cabinet shape design for several games including Ladybug, Cosmic Alien, Space Panic, and Mr Do.
    Still working on the game to the right of Berzerk.

    • 4 2W2N May 28, 2015 at 11:12 pm

      Can’t believe you nailed the Cosmic Guerilla. Side art is spot on:

      http://www.jammajup.co.uk/cosmic-guerilla.html

      It occurs to me that the game to the right of Berserk doesn’t start with ‘H’ at all. I think one or two letters are cut off. I’ve gone through all the golden age games starting with ‘H’ and nothing matches.

      • 5 Brad Conrad May 29, 2015 at 2:01 pm

        Yeah that may not be an ‘H’…
        The cabinet is the same one used for Pac Mac, Bosconian, early versions of Galaga and a few other games. The circular side art should be a clue but this one is really eluding me as well.

        • 6 Brad Conrad May 29, 2015 at 2:10 pm

          Ha ha! I got it! It’s Rally X. Love that game.
          I think that Berzerk machine may be flanked by two Rally X machines.

          http://www.mamedb.com/game/rallyx

          • 7 2W2N May 29, 2015 at 2:23 pm

            Holy shit! I’ll update the post with all your finds later today…

            • 8 Brad Conrad May 29, 2015 at 4:49 pm

              OK whew. I got one more. You can see a Gran Track 10 in the distance behind the Asteroids machine.

              http://www.dragonslairfans.com/smfor/index.php?topic=3219.0

              • 9 2W2N May 29, 2015 at 5:29 pm

                Sweet. Is that a cab to the right of the Gran Track, at about the same depth? Looks like there’s a reflection or glare on the screen.

              • 10 Brad Conrad May 31, 2015 at 4:26 pm

                Yeah that looks like a cab to the right of Gran Track. It seems to have one of those oversized marquees and the design looks very symmetrical. Not sure what it is though.
                What I am sure of however, is the cab to the right of Scramble. I can’t believe I missed it because it is an all time favourite of mine and I recognized it as soon as my attention focused on it. It is the most excellent Gorf. Galactic Orbiting Robot Force. I played a lot of Gorf and could really stretch a quarter out on that one.

  3. 11 Brad Conrad May 28, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    Oh yeah, it looks like the two guys to the left of Scramble are playing a second Crazy Climber.


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