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Bosconian Bosconian - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Bosconian - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


Player spaceship stays at screen center, firing both to front and rear, surviving enemy fighters to destroy all green hexagonal enemy space stations by shooting their core or all six corners.

Bosconian was produced by Midway Manufacturing Co. in 1981.

Midway Manufacturing Co. released 133 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1959. Midway Manufacturing Co. was based in United States.

Other machines made by Midway Manufacturing Co. during the time period Bosconian was produced include: Li'l Hoop Shot!, Extra Bases, Space Encounters, Space Invaders II, Rally-X, Gorf, Kick, Kick-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, and Ms. Pac-Man Plus


Name Bosconian
Developer Midway Manufacturing Co. (United States)
Year 1981
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 7196
Class Wide Release
Genre Shooter
Conversion Class Namco Galaga
Game Specific Bosconian Pinout
Dipswitch Settings

Bosconian Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 1 - Fire
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
  • Cocktail
  • Cabaret/Mini

Game Play

This game is similar to Time Pilot and Sinistar in that your ship stays in the center of the screen. During flight, you must avoid stationary asteroids and mines. As you progress in levels, the green hexagonal enemy space stations begin to shoot missiles from their cores. When under enemy bases, enemy fighters can change direction at will.

The game features synthesized voice messages: "Blast Off!" start of round, "Alert! Alert!" enemy ships approaching, "Battle stations!" enemy formation attack, "Spy ship sighted" green triangular bonus enemy, and "Condition Red!" time-per level exceeded, enemy frenzy.

Bosconian KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.61 (7 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.57

Overall Like 3.71
Fun (Social) 3.29
Fun (Solo) 3.57
Collector Desire 3.57

Technical Rating: 3.64

Gameplay 3.86
Graphics 3.71
Originality 3.43
Sound/Music 3.57

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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VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Bosconian Census

There are 14,745 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,470 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,450 machines (6,893 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 123 known instances of this machine owned by Bosconian collectors who are active members. Of these, 85 of them are original dedicated machines. One is a conversion in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 37 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 7 active VAPS members with a Bosconian machines for sale. There are 2 active VAPS members with a Bosconian circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - Popular - There are 16 active VAPS members currently looking for Bosconian.

This game ranks a 34 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 23 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 game uses three Z80 microprocessors and a Namco 3-channel PSG for sounds. A DAC is used for the speech.


  1. Bosconian
  2. Blast Off


Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 139; Color photo Price guide: No
  2. Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 139; Color photo

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  1. 3D Model (External): Dedicated

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