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You play a crossbow archer who adventures through an enchanted world in a quest to find and destroy the evil Master of Darkness. Use your arrows to protect your friends from a variety of perils and attacking enemies.

Crossbow was produced by Exidy in 1983.

Exidy released 57 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1974. Exidy was based in United States.

Other machines made by Exidy during the time period Crossbow was produced include: Pepper II, Teeter Torture, Victory, Hard Hat, Victory Banana, Fax 2, Whirly Bucket, Fax, Catch 22, and Boulder Dash


Name Crossbow
Developer Exidy (United States)
Year 1983
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 13655
Class Wide Release
Genre Shooter
Conversion Class Exidy Crossbow
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 1
Game Play Single
Control Panel Layout Single Player
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Instructions Crossbow Instructions Image
Control Panel Crossbow Control Panel Image
Side Art Crossbow Side Art Image

Game Play

There are different stages to go through in the game. You must shoot one of the three colored boxes red, green or blue in order to choose the path you want. There is a desert, a ghost town, ice caves, a volcano, a bridge, a jungle and a castle. For the friends who accompany you, each of them has a different weapon. To begin with, you have a swordsman who carries a long sword, a woman warrior who carries a short sword and a shield and a dwarf who carries a handaxe. You can gain up to five additional friends from certain, respective stages: from the desert, a boxer who uses only his fists from the volcano, a gnome who carries a morningstar from the bridge, a wild woman who carries a club from the jungle, a hunter who carries a knife and from the ice caves, a wizard who carries a magic wand.

You can have a maximum of eight friends. On each stage you must protect them from anything that attacks them like vultures, scorpions, snakes, bats, ghosts, gorillas, pterodactyls and other creatures that approach. Sometimes they can fight off the attackers themselves, but they are not always fast enough to defeat them, so you must protect them from those enemies as much as possible. Also, you must not shoot any of your friends or it will cause them injury. Furthermore, you must also protect them from other deadly objects that come toward them like rocks, fireballs, arrows, icicles, lightning bolts and so on. You must see that they each make it safely to the other end of the stage. Some stages even have treasures at the other end which can be collected for bonus scores. Once all your friends make it across the screen, you advance to the next stage.

On some stages, a path may be blocked like at the volcano, it will be blocked by a lava flow, so you will have to shoot the rock in order for your friends to cross over. Also, in the ice caves, you must shoot two big ice pikes into the two big crevasses in the path, so your friends can cross. When you get to the castle, you must shoot the chains to lower the drawbridge, so your friends can get inside. Once inside, they must walk onto a trapdoor that they will fall through. After all your friends have fallen through the trapdoor, you will finally meet The Master of Darkness himself a bodiless giant head with an evil face, who will try to destroy your friends by zapping them with deadly magic rays from his eyes. You must shoot each of his eyes several times to keep them closed, until they become bloodshot. After that, shoot each of them once more and The Master of Darkness will decay and disintagrate into a skull. Then he will rematerialize and dare you to try him again. After that, the game starts over again, but with increased difficulty.

Crossbow KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.33 (3 votes)

Fun Factor: 4.48

Overall Like 4.50
Fun (Social) 4.50
Fun (Solo) 4.50
Collector Desire 2.00

Technical Rating: 3.33

Gameplay 3.67
Graphics 4.50
Originality 5.00
Sound/Music 3.50

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 Crossbow Census

There are 14,898 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,529 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,153 machines (6,928 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 65 known instances of this machine owned by Crossbow collectors who are active members. Of these, 54 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. 9 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 2 active VAPS members with a Crossbow machines for sale.

Wanted - Popular - There are 17 active VAPS members currently looking for Crossbow.

This game ranks a 9 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 32 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]



Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. Arcade Treasures Kurtz (ISBN 088740619X) Page: 112; Color photo
  2. The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 170; Color photo Price guide: No

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  1. 3D Model (External): Conversion
  2. 3D Model (External): Dedicated

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