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A four-player hockey game with 1995 NHL players and teams.

2 On 2 Open Ice Challenge was produced by Midway Games in 1995.

Midway Games released 53 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1972. Midway Games was based in United States.

Other machines made by Midway Games during the time period 2 On 2 Open Ice Challenge was produced include: Cruis'n USA, Revolution X - Aerosmith, Killer Instinct, NBA Jam Tournament Edition, Mortal Kombat II, Mortal Kombat 3, WWF Wrestle Mania, Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, NBA Maximum Hangtime, and Cruis'n World


Name 2 On 2 Open Ice Challenge
Developer Midway Games (United States)
Year 1995
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 6774
Class Wide Release
Genre Sports
Conversion Class JAMMA+
# Simultaneous Players 4
# Maximum Players 4
Game Play Team
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 3 - Shoot/Steal|Pass/Block|Turbo
Sound Amplified Stereo (two channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard

Game Introduction

Just imagine NBA Jam, then replace basketball with hockey. You pick a team and then play for the Stanley Cup.

Your team is made up of four of the best players. You pick two of three offensive players and then you are assigned the goalie. Between periods you may rotate the lineup.

Stats are kept throughout the game and video movie clips are also played. Players may choose to insert their initials and birthdate to keep track of scores and stats.

There is the classic "On Fire" mode which is a bar that builds up with every steal, check, and goal until you are finally on fire, which gives you unlimited Turbo.

Game Play

Two teamates play against two people on the opposing team. Each team also has a goalie (obviously) and between periods you can change your current players to put fresh legs out on the ice.

The object of the game is to score the most points. You can control speed and angle of your shots by holding the Shoot button and opponents can be checked by pressing Pass and Turbo. The goalies are controlled by the CPU and can be tough. There are no penalties here so it is a fight to the finish.

2 On 2 Open Ice Challenge KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.91 (10 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.98

Overall Like 4.44
Fun (Social) 4.30
Fun (Solo) 4.22
Collector Desire 3.22

Technical Rating: 4.09

Gameplay 3.56
Graphics 3.89
Originality 3.44
Sound/Music 3.22

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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Cheats, Tricks, Bugs, and Easter Eggs

Play as Gordie Howe: Create a new player and enter "G[Space]H" as the initials, March 31 as the date, and choose any size head. The announcer will say "Mr. Hockey" to confirm correct code entry.

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Cabinet Information

This game is housed in Midway's standard four-player cabinet. The control panel (attached with four bolts) must be removed before moving the machine through a standard doorway.


The conversion kit can be used for any Midway four-player cabinet such as NBA Jam, NBA Hangtime or NFL Blitz. Placing the kit in a Konami four-player cabinet would require installing an extra button.


Hockey that is almost NBA Jam to a "T".

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op 2 On 2 Open Ice Challenge Census

There are 14,834 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,506 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,890 machines (6,918 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 65 known instances of this machine owned by 2 On 2 Open Ice Challenge collectors who are active members. Of these, 25 of them are original dedicated machines. 8 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 31 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 5 active VAPS members with a 2 On 2 Open Ice Challenge machines for sale. There is one active VAPS member with an extra 2 On 2 Open Ice Challenge circuit board for sale.

Wanted - There are 6 active VAPS members currently looking for 2 On 2 Open Ice Challenge. There are 5 active VAPS members looking for 2 On 2 Open Ice Challenge boards sets.

This game ranks a 12 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 13 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]



Uses same new-style Midway PCB as Ultimate MK3. They had rid themselves of the bulky sound board in addition to the regular PCB and settled on a large size single board.


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