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Your character is a robber who runs around a mine collecting moneybags and depositing them in a wheelbarrow at the top of the screen. Climb ladders and ride elevators to avoid two angry miners. Grab pickaxes to temporarily stun your pursuers.

Bagman was produced by Valadon Automation in 1982.

Valadon Automation released 6 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1980. Valadon Automation was based in France.

Other machines made by Valadon Automation during the time period Bagman was produced include: Millpac, Le Bagnard, Pickin', Squash, and Tank Busters


Name Bagman
Developer Valadon Automation (France)
Year 1982
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 6995
Class Wide Release
Genre Platform
Conversion Class unique
Game Specific Bagman Pinout
Dipswitch Settings

Bagman Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Joystick: 4-way (up, down, left, right)
  • Buttons: 1 - Pick Up/Grab Bar
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Control Panel Bagman Control Panel Image

Game Introduction

The character you control in this game is Bagman, an escaped convict in a stripped suit. His goal is to steal all the bags of gold from a mine, haul the gold to the surface and deposit his loot into his wheel-barrow. Bagman must avoid two cops who have been ordered to protect the mine, prevent the gold from being stolen and stop Bagman at all costs.

Game Play

The mine is three screens wide and scrolls as you move around. You must grab a bag of gold and carry it up to the surface and place it into the wheel-barrow and you must do it before the bonus points on the timer run out. Everytime you pick up a bag of gold, it will slow down Bagman to half speed allowing one of the two cops to easily catch up to him. If you are carrying a bag of gold while climbing a ladder and a cop is pursuing you, you can drop the bag of gold on the cop's head to temporarily put him out of the way. Another way to stop a cop from pursuing you is by picking up and using a pick-axe to stun him. The pick-axe can also be used to dig a big hole in a wall. You can also escape from each of the cops by getting into a minecart but the minecarts can kill you, if they run into you. Avoid moving minecarts by grabbing handles on mineshaft roof. Then let go of the handles when the cart is below you to ride the cart. To get out of the cart, you must grab another set of handles on the roof as soon as you are under them. You can also use the elevator to escape the cops and the elevator will also help you reach the surface quicker, especially if you are carrying a bag of gold. Most of the bags of gold are yellow, but there is a blue bonus bag of gold that is behind a wall that can only be penetrated by a pick-axe. Even so, the bonus blue bag of gold is twice as heavy as the standard yellow bags of gold but also worth a greater amount of points.

Bagman KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.55 (6 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.56

Overall Like 4.20
Fun (Social) 2.17
Fun (Solo) 4.20
Collector Desire 3.40

Technical Rating: 3.58

Gameplay 3.50
Graphics 3.67
Originality 3.83
Sound/Music 2.83

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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Originally developed by the French company Valadon Automation and licensed to Stern. There was also a version that was released directly by Valadon Automation.

Cabinet Information

This game's cabinet has an eight-panel comic strip that shows how the game is played and explains all the actions in a very simple and effective way. The first panel has the convict working on getting his ball and chain off his ankle with a hacksaw and saying "As soon as I get rid of this. I will get the gold I stashed!". The second panel has him looking toward the mine entrance and saying "I will take the gold out in the wheel-barrow I have ready on the surface.". The third and fourth panels show Bagman getting into a minecart and saying in each of those respective panels: "I will grab this ceiling beam..." following "...And into the wagon!". The fifth panel shows him dropping a bag onto a cop and saying "Take this!". Panel six shows him grabbing a pick-axe and saying "Ah-ha! A pick-ax!". The seventh panel shows him carrying a bag of gold and getting into the elevator and saying "This will be the quickest way to the surface!". The eighth and last panel shows the jailbird pushing his wheelbarrow filled with bags of gold and saying "This is my kind of work!". The comic strip on the cabinet sure does give us an interesting story, but when a person plays the game, it is much more difficult than it looks.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Bagman Census

There are 14,748 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,472 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,455 machines (6,894 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 94 known instances of this machine owned by Bagman collectors who are active members. Of these, 56 of them are original dedicated machines. 2 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 3 active VAPS members with a Bagman machines for sale. There are 3 active VAPS members with a Bagman circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - There are 10 active VAPS members currently looking for Bagman. There is one active VAPS member looking for a Bagman circuit board set.

This game ranks a 25 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]



CPU: Z80
SOUND: AY-8910


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Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 135; Color photo Price guide: No
  2. Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 135; Color photo

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  1. 3D Model (External): Dedicated

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