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Car Action Car Action - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Car Action - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


A driving game where you jump or bump enemy cars for points. Bonus are awarded for completing levels without hitting any cars.

Car Action was produced by Unknown in 1983.

Unknown released 774 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1700. Unknown was based in United States.

Other machines made by Unknown during the time period Car Action was produced include: Caveman, Junior King, Force One, Zig Zag, Word Zapper, Masao, Xevios, Demon Castle, Sea Beast And Barnacle Bill, The, and Top Racer


Name Car Action
Developer Unknown (United States)
Year 1983
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 7282
Class Bootleg
Genre Racing
Conversion Class unique
Game Specific Car Action Pinout
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 1 - Jump
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard

Game Introduction

Join "Jumpin' John" as he goes cruisin' up the road bumping, jumping, and smashing cars. Aside from the cars, you must avoid the sides of the road, breaks in the road which are usually over water, and rocks in the road which can sometimes be dumped by certain vehicles. Each level is based on a season Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter except the first level which seems to have no name. After Winter, it cycles back to Spring again with each level becoming successively harder. When you finish a level, you will pull up to a gas pump that has an icon showing the next level. A flowering tree shows Spring is coming up, a life preserver indicates Summer, a tree with no leaves says Fall is next, and a snowman means Winter is on the way. According to the game, there are 32 unique levels but they do not roll over back to the first level after level 32.

Game Play

The joystick controls the movement and speed of the car. By increasing speed, you not only go faster, but you get the ability to jump after your speed passes 100. The faster you go, the better control the car seems to have. Your car's speed tops out at 220. The big breaks in the road are signaled by a warning exclamation point sign that flashes at the top center of the screen and beeps. Be prepared to jump when you see this. Bumping the cars around you will bounce you in the opposite direction of the bump and can also speed or slow you down based on that direction. The faster your car goes, the less control you seem to lose.

Car Action KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 0.00 (0 votes)

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Cheats, Tricks, Bugs, and Easter Eggs

If you can finish a level without destroying any cars, you will receive a 50000 point bonus. Try bumping cars only when they are behind you as you will not lose any speed you will usually speed up, in fact and you will not lose as much control either. When jumping gaps in the road, if you can manage to land on one of the small islands, you'll get a 1000 point bonus.

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COPY OF: Burnin' Rubber

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Car Action Census

There are 14,823 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,502 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,875 machines (6,918 unique titles).

Uncommon - There are 19 known instances of this machine owned by Car Action collectors who are active members. Of these, 19 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

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

This game ranks a 8 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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