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Arch Rivals - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


A one-on-one basketball game that bascially follows the normal rules, but does not account for fouls. Players can actually fight for control of the ball. The game was released with a "Hometown Heros" kit that allowed customization of the game's teams' names and colors.

Arch Rivals was produced by Bally Midway in 1989.

Bally Midway released 96 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1980. Bally Midway was based in United States.

Other machines made by Bally Midway during the time period Arch Rivals was produced include: 2nd Chance Draw Poker, Escape From the Lost World, Blackwater 100, Blasted, Truck Stop, Tri-Sports, Pigskin 621 A.D., Trog, World Cup Soccer, and Cirqus Voltaire


Name Arch Rivals
Developer Bally Midway (United States)
Year 1989
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 6905
Class Wide Release
Genre Sports
Conversion Class Midway Mono Board
Game Specific Arch Rivals Pinout
Dipswitch Settings

Arch Rivals Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 2
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Competitive
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
  • Joystick: 49-position optical
  • Buttons: 2 - Pass/PunchShoot/Block
Sound Amplified Stereo (two channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
  • Cocktail
Control Panel Arch Rivals Control Panel Image

Game Introduction

At the begining of the game, players can choose whatever team they want to play as well as the team they want to play against twelve possible choices. This game has two different versions of this sequence. For one version, the teams available are Chicago, Los Angeles, Natural High and Brawl State. In another version, the teams have the names of the famous NBA basketball teams including the Chicago Bulls, the Phoenix Suns, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Detroit Pistons.

Players can also choose to be one of eight characters. Each character has a different name and personality: Reggie, all-American Mohawk, tough and mean Vinnie, a great player Hammer, rebound king Blade, a crowd pleaser Tyrone, defensive giant Moose, real champ and Lewis, top shooter.

Game Play

The game basically follows the same rules as basketball. Two points are awarded for each basket shot. Three points are awarded for completed shots made from outside the three-point line. The game does not account for fouls so players are encouraged to use the Punch feature to make the game more enjoyable.

To Shoot or Pass, press the appropriate button. To "fake out" an opponent, hold the button down longer. If your teammate is holding the ball, you can "tell him" to Shoot or Pass by pressing the corresponding button.

To block, press and release the Shoot button. To steal, aim your player at the ball and press the Pass button.

Arch Rivals KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.46 (7 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.34

Overall Like 3.43
Fun (Social) 4.33
Fun (Solo) 3.14
Collector Desire 3.17

Technical Rating: 4.00

Gameplay 4.17
Graphics 3.83
Originality 4.67
Sound/Music 3.33

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

This is not much of a "cheat", because if you play long enough the game will tell you how to do it: position yourself behind an opposing player and press the shoot and pass buttons at the same time. Your player will dive forward and pull down the pants of the opposing player. This will make him drop the ball as well as "freeze" for a couple of seconds while he pulls up his pants. You take this time to steal the ball.

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The original game kit comes with a JAMMA adaptor, but the wiring on that adaptor is not strictly JAMMA. The Test and Tilt inputs are remapped to the 1P Up and 1P Down traces respectively. Since the game uses optical joysticks, the wiring to those controls runs directly from the gameboard.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Arch Rivals Census

There are 14,845 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,508 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,944 machines (6,921 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 90 known instances of this machine owned by Arch Rivals collectors who are active members. Of these, 39 of them are original dedicated machines. 24 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 27 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 10 active VAPS members with a Arch Rivals machines for sale. There are 5 active VAPS members with a Arch Rivals circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - There is one active VAPS member currently looking for Arch Rivals.

This game ranks a 20 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 2 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]



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