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Area 51 Area 51 - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Area 51 - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


Kill the aliens and their mothership.

Area 51 was produced by Atari Games in 1995.

Atari Games released 88 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1984. Atari Games was based in United States.

Other machines made by Atari Games during the time period Area 51 was produced include: T-Mek, Primal Rage, Metal Maniax, Cops, Beat Head, Hoop It Up World Tour, San Francisco Rush, Primal Rage II, Beavis And Butt-Head, and Tenth Degree


Name Area 51
Developer Atari Games (United States)
Year 1995
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 6907
Class Wide Release
Genre Shooter
Conversion Class unique
External Device HDD
# Simultaneous Players 2
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Joint
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
  • Gun: Optical
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Control Panel Area 51 Control Panel Image

Game Introduction

The plot of this game is very simple. Aliens have invaded, and you and the other members of STAAR must defeat them. The game is pretty much a standard light gun game, with enemies appearing over a prerendered background. The introduction of secret rooms helps replay value, as does competing for a higher score with a partner.

Game Play

Through the game you will go from the Hangars of Area 51, into the Labs and then into the mountain cave for a final showdown. During the trip, you shoot at the aliens, with your Light Gun, shoot power-ups to collect them, and shoot inanimate objects (windows, barrels, etc) to get bonus points and open secret rooms.

Area 51 KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.41 (8 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.86

Overall Like 3.86
Fun (Social) 4.29
Fun (Solo) 3.86
Collector Desire 3.43

Technical Rating: 3.31

Gameplay 4.00
Graphics 3.50
Originality 3.43
Sound/Music 3.29

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

Secret Rooms:

There are many secret "rooms" that can be entered by shooting combinations of inanimate objects in the game. For example, shooting all the office windows out after going up the ladder in the hangar will take you to "Shake your Buddha", where you can take shots at the stationary heads of the development team and increase your score and streak. Taking out all the windows on the back wall of the hangar will take you to another secret room full of power-ups.

Kron Hunter:

Instead of starting out the game normally, avoid shooting the aliens. Instead, shoot the first three members of STAAR that appear on the screen (the guys in blue). Do not worry, after your health gets down to one, the aliens will not hurt you any more. After shooting the third member of STAAR, you will get an info screen talking about Kron Hunters, and you will start the game over as one. The graphics pallette will be completely whacked, and when you are done, a Kron Hunter symbol (a green K) will appear next to your high score, rather than a military ranking.

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This game can be converted into Maximum Force, and the Maximum Force / Area 51 hybrid.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Area 51 Census

There are 14,753 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,474 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,463 machines (6,895 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 144 known instances of this machine owned by Area 51 collectors who are active members. Of these, 70 of them are original dedicated machines. 37 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 36 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 13 active VAPS members with a Area 51 machines for sale. There are 2 active VAPS members with a Area 51 circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - There are 2 active VAPS members currently looking for Area 51.

This game ranks a 26 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 5 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]



System based on R3041 MIPS CPU.


  1. Area 51
  2. Maximum Force
  3. Area 51: Site 4


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  1. 3D Model (External): Upright

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This game is available at the following public arcades, bars or museums:

Name Location State Country Details Check-ins
Level One Bar + Arcade 130 Hutchinson Ave, Columbus Ohio United States 0

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Year Count Median $ Average $
2015 5 115.00 149.50
2016 4 201.25 352.19
2017 5 86.25 132.25
2018 5 236.00 306.80
All Years 19 143.75 229.03


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