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Crude Buster Crude Buster - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Crude Buster - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


The player 'clears the streets' of a future city. Bad guys are killed off by punching or jumping on them. The game also lets you pick up parts of the scenery and throw them at bad guys. There are the usual end-of-level boss bad guys.

Crude Buster was produced by Data East in 1990.

Data East released 174 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1979. Data East was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Data East during the time period Crude Buster was produced include: Playboy, Act-Fancer: Cybernetick Hyper Weapon, Hippodrome, Kuhga - Operation Code 'Vapor Trail', Fighting Fantasy, Back To The Future, Al Unser Jr.'s Turbo Racing, Boulder Dash, Phantom of the Opera, and Simpsons


Name Crude Buster
Developer Data East (Japan)
Year 1990
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 7448
Class Wide Release
Genre Scrolling Fighter
Conversion Class JAMMA
# Simultaneous Players 2
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Joint
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
PCB Crude Buster PCB Image

Game Play

This is a typical beat-em-up, with some unusual additions. Firstly, you can move around 'climbing' the background scenery (i.e. jumping up or down layers) like a platform game, and secondly, you are allowed at certain times to pick up scenery and background objects and throw them at the enemy. The sound and speech are particularly cheesy!

Crude Buster KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 2.84 (2 votes)

Fun Factor: 2.50

Overall Like 2.50
Fun (Social) 1.50
Fun (Solo) 2.50
Collector Desire 2.50

Technical Rating: 3.13

Gameplay 4.00
Graphics 3.50
Originality 3.00
Sound/Music 2.00

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 Crude Buster Census

There are 14,944 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,544 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,327 machines (6,937 unique titles).

Common - There are 26 known instances of this machine owned by Crude Buster collectors who are active members. Of these, 26 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 Crude Buster circuit boards for sale.

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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