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Battle Balls Battle Balls - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Battle Balls - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


Battle Balls was produced by Seibu Kaihatsu in 1995.

Seibu Kaihatsu released 26 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1985. Seibu Kaihatsu was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Seibu Kaihatsu during the time period Battle Balls was produced include: Raiden DX, Raiden II, Zero Team, Olympic Soccer '92, Seibu Cup Soccer, Viper Phase 1, Raiden Fighters, Gun Dogs, E-Jong High School, and Raiden Fighters 2: Operation Hell Dive


Name Battle Balls
Developer Seibu Kaihatsu (Japan)
Year 1995
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 7034
Class Wide Release
Genre Puzzle
Conversion Class JAMMA
# Simultaneous Players 2
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Competitive
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
  • Joystick: 4-way (up, down, left, right)
  • Buttons: 2 - Rotate LeftRotate Right
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard

Game Introduction

The game is very much like Tetris with marbles but with the added effects of gravity. The game play is fast and proves to be quite challenging for many players.

Game Play

Balls fall in a triangle shape, and can be rotated by the controls. Connecting four or more balls of the same color will score points and cause the balls to disappear. The remaining balls falling down into the vacated spots, and will also score points if four or more balls of the same color connect. Bonuses are awarded for these combos. The game ends if the balls fill up to the top and there is no more room for new balls.

The game has many modes of play: Single, Puzzle, Vs. Computer and Vs. Player. In Puzzle mode there is continuous, changing backgrounds and additional colors. In the Vs. modes, the spheres only appear in the four basic colors.

Battle Balls KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 2.38 (1 vote)

Fun Factor: 2.00

Overall Like 2.00
Fun (Social) 3.00
Fun (Solo) 2.00
Collector Desire 1.00

Technical Rating: 2.75

Gameplay 2.00
Graphics 3.00
Originality 3.00
Sound/Music 3.00

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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Cabinet Information

This game was released only in conversion kit form in the US.


The game is known as Senkyu in Japan.

Licenced to Fabtek for US manufacture and distribution.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Battle Balls 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).

Common - There are 33 known instances of this machine owned by Battle Balls collectors who are active members. Of these, It is an original dedicated machine. 4 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 28 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There is one active VAPS member with a Battle Balls machine for sale. There are 2 active VAPS members with a Battle Balls circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - No active members have added this machine to their wish list.

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.

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



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