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Ataxx Ataxx - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Ataxx - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


A 1- or 2-player strategy game based on a 7x7 tiled grid. A player attempts to secure a greater number of tiles than his/her opponent by moving his/her playing pieces in a manner similar to checkers.

Ataxx was produced by Leland in 1990.

Leland released 14 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1985. Leland was based in United States.

Other machines made by Leland during the time period Ataxx was produced include: All American Football, Ironman Ivan Stewart's Super Off Road Track Pak, Ironman Ivan Stewart's Super Off Road, Strike Zone Baseball, Viper, Pig Out, World Soccer Finals, Brute Force, Danny Sullivan's Indy Heat, and Dragon's Lair II


Name Ataxx
Developer Leland (United States)
Year 1990
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 6960
Class Wide Release
Genre Puzzle
Conversion Class unique
Game Specific Ataxx Pinout
# Simultaneous Players 2
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Competitive
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
  • Trackball: Optical
  • Buttons: 1 - Select
Sound Amplified Stereo (two channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard

Game Play

The object of the game is to fill the board with your colored pieces. This is done by moving your piece adjacent to your opponent's piece and turning his pieces to your color. Two types of moves can be made during the game: first, placing a piece adjacent to one of your own duplicates it or second, a piece may be moved two spaces, but it will not be duplicated. The number and arrangement of obstacles in the playfield changes between each round, so strategies must be changed in order to accomodate these barriers.

Eventually, all the empty spaces on the board are filled and the player with the most colored pieces wins. In single-player mode if the human player wins, he or she must face a more difficult computer opponent in the next round.

Ataxx KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.44 (5 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.83

Overall Like 4.00
Fun (Social) 4.25
Fun (Solo) 3.25
Collector Desire 4.00

Technical Rating: 3.60

Gameplay 4.00
Graphics 4.25
Originality 4.75
Sound/Music 3.25

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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This game looks like a bit of a redesign. IAtaxxI is slightly different from all other Leland games. The palette system is different and the background character generation system is in RAM rather than ROM.

Cabinet Information

The dedicated machine has a very large, colorful marquee that contains several red and blue blobs. The control panel contains one red and one blue trackball and a button for each player. The more common conversion kit games use a joystick for cursor movement instead of a trackball.


The Japanese version of the game was licensed to Capcom Japan.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Ataxx Census

There are 14,898 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,529 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,153 machines (6,928 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 75 known instances of this machine owned by Ataxx collectors who are active members. Of these, 18 of them are original dedicated machines. 10 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 47 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 6 active VAPS members with a Ataxx machines for sale. There is one active VAPS member with an extra Ataxx circuit board for sale.

Wanted - There are 4 active VAPS members currently looking for Ataxx.

This game ranks a 23 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 7 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]



The pinout of the PCB appears to be JAMMA, but the game requires an adaptor in order for it to be used in a JAMMA system.PIAtaxxI uses a 80186 IC and two Z80 ICs for sound. The 80186 is a microcontroller similar to the 8086 CPU that contains a couple of additional commands, two builtin timers and a DMA transfer unit. The multi IO daughter board contains the 80186 which controlls the 6x8bit DACs and a 10bit DAC and 2 Z80s.


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  1. 3D Model (External): Upright

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