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Battlezone - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


Using wire models on a vector display with a green and red overlay, a battle with opposing tanks, missiles and the occasional saucer is simulated among pyramids and cubes. The 1812 overture plays during high score.

Battlezone was produced by Atari in 1980.

Atari released 137 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1972. Atari was based in United States.

Other machines made by Atari during the time period Battlezone was produced include: Atari Soccer, Hercules, Superman, Atari Baseball, Asteroids, Red Baron, Missile Command, Turtleroids, Asteroids Deluxe, and Monte Carlo


Name Battlezone
Developer Atari (United States)
Year 1980
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 7059
Class Wide Release
Genre Shooter
  • Orientation: Horizontal
  • Type: Vector
  • Color: Black and White with a Color Overlay
  • 19-inch Electrohome G05

Conversion Class unique
Game Specific Battlezone Pinout
Dipswitch Settings

Battlezone Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

Battle Zone (cocktail) Dipswitch Settings (MAME)

# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 1
Game Play Single
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Joystick: 2-way (up, down)
  • Joystick: 2-way (up, down) with button - Fire
Sound Unamplified Mono (requires one-channel amp)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard - With Shroud
  • Upright/Standard - Open Face
  • Cabaret/Mini
  • Cocktail
Bezel Battlezone Bezel Image
Control Panel Battlezone Control Panel Image
Side Art Battlezone Side Art Image

Battlezone KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.93 (21 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.76

Overall Like 3.86
Fun (Social) 2.81
Fun (Solo) 3.85
Collector Desire 4.14

Technical Rating: 4.13

Gameplay 4.25
Graphics 4.14
Originality 4.52
Sound/Music 3.45

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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Battlezone had two known prototype names before it was mass produced: Future Tank and Moon Tank.

The Battlezone legend says that a military version of the game existed as a training simulator for the Bradley fighting vehicle. The designer, Ed Rotberg did post to RGVA before it became RGVAC that only two cabinets were made. The controller was similar to a Star Wars yoke. The simulator has an option for a TOW Tube-launched, Optically tracked, Wire-guided missile. This was in keeping with the real Bradley's capabilities. As long as you kept the enemy tank in the cross-hairs of the TOW sight, you could not miss.

Also a prototype of a cocktail version was developed, including full glasstop artwork and control panel. Only one is known to exist as it was not released for production. There is no color overlay for the cocktail version since the images needs to flip for the second player.

The imagery from the arcade game was used in the intro scene for the PC game version update of the game. The image opens where you see the original graphics on the screen. The image zooms out and you see it is the radar screen on the tank from the PC version of the game.


VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Battlezone Census

There are 14,842 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 608 known instances of this machine owned by Battlezone collectors who are active members. Of these, 588 of them are original dedicated machines. 19 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 21 active VAPS members with a Battlezone machines for sale. There is one active VAPS member with an extra Battlezone circuit board for sale.

Wanted - Very Popular - There are 41 active VAPS members currently looking for Battlezone.

This game ranks a 91 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 63 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]



Battlezone was designed by Ed Rotberg at the same time as Red Baron, hence the similarities in architecture. The designer did not use a structured approach, however, and while shapes were displayed on the screen first in Red Baron, Battlezone ended up going to market first. Collector Doug Jeffreys attempted to resolve the differences between these architectures, but he found that Red Baron ended up being a superset of Battlezone, even though either cabinet can power up the other board set.


The rubber ring that centers the joystick is most likely broken. An inexpensive replacement can be bought at:


Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 92; Color photo Price guide: No
  2. Arcade Fever Sellers (ISBN 0762409371) Page: 42; Color photo
  3. Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 92; Color photo

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  1. 3D Model (External): Upright
  2. 3D Model (External): Upright B

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Atari Battlezone Joystick Replacement Set

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Vtg Original BATTLEZONE TANK Atari Arcade Game Brochure Flyer

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Battlezone Arcade Marquee Header

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BATTLEZONE ARCADE MACHINE by ATARI 1980 (Excellent Condition) *RARE*

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Auctions Recap

Year Count Median $ Average $
2016 1 690.00 690.00
2018 3 1,180.00 1,406.00
All Years 4 1,165.00 1,227.00


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