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Cosmic Alien Cosmic Alien - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Cosmic Alien - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


This is an early vertical space shooter game. You must destroy all aliens and a special monster that sometimes appears on the screen.

Cosmic Alien was produced by Universal in 1980.

Universal released 52 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1977. Universal was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Universal during the time period Cosmic Alien was produced include: Alien Invader, Cosmic Guerilla, Cosmic Monsters, Limbo, Get A Way, Magical Spot II, Cheeky Mouse, Space Panic, Devil Zone, and Magical Spot


Name Cosmic Alien
Developer Universal (Japan)
Year 1980
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 7398
Class Wide Release
Genre Shooter
Conversion Class unique
Game Specific Cosmic Alien Pinout
Dipswitch Settings

Cosmic Alien Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Joystick: 2-way (left, right)
  • Buttons: 1 - Fire
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
  • Cocktail
Instructions Cosmic Alien Instructions Image
Bezel Cosmic Alien Bezel Image
Control Panel Cosmic Alien Control Panel Image
Side Art Cosmic Alien Side Art Image

Game Play

Fight the three types of aliens that appear in the different levels. The longer you play the more aliens will fly down to you dropping deadly bombs. Some aliens fly together in a formation making a cool jet sound.

Cosmic Alien KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 0.00 (0 votes)

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Cheats, Tricks, Bugs, and Easter Eggs

If you destroy all the smaller aliens but one, that last alien will turn into the "special monster" - a giant gargoyle which is named Bagle. Bagle will then dive bomb the player. Bagle can be destroyed after one hit, as he's really only faster and bigger than the smaller aliens.

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Cabinet Information

The tabletop cabinet has as frontglass painted with Cosmic Alien artwork. The joystick is located at the bottom and the fire button is found to the right of that.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Cosmic Alien Census

There are 14,820 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).

Common - There are 46 known instances of this machine owned by Cosmic Alien collectors who are active members. Of these, 37 of them are original dedicated machines. 9 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 3 active VAPS members with a Cosmic Alien machines for sale. There are 2 active VAPS members with a Cosmic Alien circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - There are 4 active VAPS members currently looking for Cosmic Alien. There is one active VAPS member looking for a Cosmic Alien circuit board set.

This game ranks a 10 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 5 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

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  1. 3D Model (External): Dedicated

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