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Cruis'n Exotica Cruis'n Exotica - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Cruis'n Exotica - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


A cool driving game that features several tracks including one that has dinosaurs and several different cars including an old rusty chevrolet station wagon.

Cruis'n Exotica was produced by Midway Games in 1999.

Midway Games released 53 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1972. Midway Games was based in United States.

Other machines made by Midway Games during the time period Cruis'n Exotica was produced include: Touch Master 4000, Bio Freaks, Hyperdrive, Touch Master 5000, NFL Blitz '99, NBA Showtime - NBA On NBC, Carnevil, NFL Blitz 2000, Invasion, and Hydro Thunder


Name Cruis'n Exotica
Developer Midway Games (United States)
Year 1999
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 7449
Class Wide Release
Genre Racing
  • Orientation: Horizontal
Conversion Class unique
External Device HDD
# Simultaneous Players 2
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Joint
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
  • Steering: Wheel
  • Shifter: 4-position (1/2/3/4)
  • Pedals: 2 - BrakeAccelerator
Sound Amplified Stereo (two channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
  • Environmental/Cockpit
Control Panel Cruis'n Exotica Control Panel Image

Game Introduction

This game is simuliar to Cruisi'n USA and Cruis'n World except that you race in different locations throughout the universe. One such location is the Atlantis track which is probably the first underwater racecourse offered in a video game. The Mars track might also be another first with its interplanetary race track. The game is slightly easier than its predecessors and uses Midway's Zeus 2 hardware.

Game Play

The object of the game is to race through twelve tracks spanning earth, underwater, and on Mars. There are newer cars and drivers including a clown and an alien (In Robotic Voice : "RIGHT ON DUDE!").

Cruis'n Exotica KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 4.35 (2 votes)

Fun Factor: 4.70

Overall Like 5.00
Fun (Social) 5.00
Fun (Solo) 5.00
Collector Desire 3.50

Technical Rating: 4.00

Gameplay 5.00
Graphics 5.00
Originality 3.00
Sound/Music 3.00

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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Cheats, Tricks, Bugs, and Easter Eggs

A free Game can be earned every 10000 miles if you have a personalized record. Like the San Francisco Rush series, shortcuts can be found on each track. Holding View 2 down during track selection reveals two hidden tracks.

FREE GAME If you double tap the accelerator after a game and the scores roll, during the option to enter more credits, you will add credits. Me and a Friend in a second machine were able to do this aprox. 5 times on each machine in a row and contiue racing each other without adding any quaters! I know this works on the machine were I am, but I'm not sure if it is a wiring glitch or a testing feature, please verify. I'm assuuming this comes from the ability in game to double tap the accelerator to do a wheelie and do flips off other cars.

Car selection cheat: by pressing the view buttons you can select between the available six cars add an aditional twelve cars (low view), the color of the car (chase view), and the person in the car (high view). If you cycle through this once you will see all the characters, on the second cycle their heads will be oversized (Clown, Baby, Blonde Lady, Guy with crew cut, etc., but not in that order).

More pictures


In the Las Vegas race, when you pass under the Elvis impersonater, he looks a bit like Nintendo's 1981 cash cow Donkey Kong in an Elvis suit. And you can also hear an Elvis Guitar Style rendition of the Donkey Kong theme for a few seconds. This was an addition by Nintendo and very few players catch this.

Cabinet Information

Uses a telephone keypad for creating, accessing, and saving individual Player information. Simuliar to San Francisco Rush 2049 by Atari Games/Midway West


LICENSOR: Nintendo

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Cruis'n Exotica Census

There are 14,817 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 164,868 machines (6,918 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 96 known instances of this machine owned by Cruis'n Exotica collectors who are active members. Of these, 78 of them are original dedicated machines. 8 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 5 active VAPS members with a Cruis'n Exotica machines for sale. There is one active VAPS member with an extra Cruis'n Exotica circuit board for sale.

Wanted - There are 4 active VAPS members currently looking for Cruis'n Exotica. There is one active VAPS member looking for a Cruis'n Exotica circuit board set.

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

This game ranks a 3 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]



SOUND: Zeus 2 hardware


  1. Cruis'n USA
  2. Cruis'n World
  3. Cruis'n Exotica


Additional References (logged in members often see more)

  1. 3D Model (External): Sitdown (39 inch screen)
  2. 3D Model (External): Upright
  3. 3D Model (External): Upright (Twin)
  4. 3D Model (External): Sitdown (Large Screen)

See the game at:

This game is available at the following public arcades, bars or museums:

Name Location State Country Details Check-ins
The Winged Bear 775 Hopmeadow St, Simsbury Connecticut United States 0

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Auctions Recap

Year Count Median $ Average $
2015 4 460.00 445.63
2016 6 158.13 196.46
2017 11 295.00 343.86
2018 14 118.00 141.18
All Years 35 177.00 249.15


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