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Carnival Carnival - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Carnival - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


A shooting gallery game. Fire a gun at owls, bunnies, ducks, pipes, bonus letters, and other positive or negative bonus items.

Carnival was produced by UPL in 1980.

UPL released 34 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1976. UPL was based in United States.

Other machines made by UPL during the time period Carnival was produced include: Blasto, Depthcharge, Hustle, Blockade, Space Fire Bird, Super Moon Cresta, Dorodon, Mouser, and Penguin-Kun Wars


Name Carnival
Developer UPL (United States)
Year 1980
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 7286
Class Wide Release
Genre Shooter
Conversion Class unique
Game Specific Carnival Pinout
Dipswitch Settings

Carnival Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Buttons: Rotational (left, right)
  • Buttons: 1 - Shoot
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard - Wood grain
  • Cocktail
  • Cocktail - Slimline

Game Introduction

Shoot your gun at the moving carnival targets.

Carnival KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.88 (10 votes)

Fun Factor: 4.25

Overall Like 4.44
Fun (Social) 3.67
Fun (Solo) 4.56
Collector Desire 3.88

Technical Rating: 3.83

Gameplay 4.56
Graphics 4.22
Originality 3.80
Sound/Music 3.44

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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Cheats, Tricks, Bugs, and Easter Eggs

HINT: Avoid shooting the bunnies and owls until you have cleaned the pipes and bonus letters. Every spot you free up by shooting one of these harmless low-point creatures creates a gap that can be filled with bullet-eating, low point, dangerous ducks. Shoot those bullet boxes above all else!


Cabinet Information

The cabinet has woodgrain sides, a color monitor overlay and an orange marquee that lists the manufacturer as Gremlin/Sega.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Carnival Census

There are 14,958 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,547 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,359 machines (6,939 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 111 known instances of this machine owned by Carnival collectors who are active members. Of these, 99 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. 10 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 Carnival machines for sale.

Wanted - Popular - There are 13 active VAPS members currently looking for Carnival.

This game ranks a 19 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 20 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]



Additional References (logged in members often see more)

  1. 3D Model (External): Upright

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