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Cutie Q Cutie Q - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

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You control a paddle trying to rebound a ball into the ghost like creatures.

Cutie Q was produced by Namco in 1979.

Namco released 310 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1977. Namco was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Namco during the time period Cutie Q was produced include: Gee Bee, Shoot Away, Bomb Bee, Galaxian, Puck Man, SOS, and Navarone


Name Cutie Q
Developer Namco (Japan)
Year 1979
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 7462
Class Wide Release
Genre Ball and Paddle
Conversion Class unique
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Rotary: Analog
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard

Game Introduction

A simple ball-and-paddle/pinball game which appears to have a sort of "ghost" theme.

Game Play

Although the blocks have ghost images on them, each "ghost-image" is two blocks stacked on top of each other. Clearing out all the blocks on one side will cause a little creature to start running (very slowly although his legs move fast) from one side of the block area to the other. Hitting this creature will give you some point value times the multiplier showing when he was hit.

After the blocks have been cleared and the creature is gone, when you hit the bottom paddle, the blocks will be restored with an additional "ghost-image" row (two block rows) until the rows are almost near the top of the lane where the ball launches from.

Hitting the bottom paddle will also put one more ghost in the center area up to a total of four. If the bottom paddle is hit with four ghosts on screen, it will revert back to one. Destroying one of the ghosts in this area will open the top of that area so the ball can break away at the top of both sides of blocks.

Letters appear on the sides of the screen and change when the top paddle is hit. If the ball hits a letter, it will light up that letter in "Extra" down below on the appropriate side. Spelling Extra and hitting the outlane on that side will give you an extra ball and remove Extra and the letters from both sides for the rest of the game.

Each time the ball hits a sad face, it will light up and turn into a happy face (or vice versa). Light up all five faces to increase the bonus multiplier.

Cutie Q KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 0.00 (0 votes)

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Cheats, Tricks, Bugs, and Easter Eggs

Hitting the bottom paddle will restore any sets of bricks that have been completely cleared out. Occasionally the ball will get stuck in a very long loop. Just sit back and relax and eventually the game will figure out the ball is stuck and shoot it out in some other direction.

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This is one of three similar games designed and developed by Toru Iwatani, the creator of Puckman or (Pac-Man in the U.S.). Originally he wanted to make pinball machines for Namco, but Namco did not want to do pinball so this series of games is the resulting compromise.


This is one of three in a series of similar pinball/ball-and-paddle type games released or licensed by Namco. The other two are Gee Bee and Bomb Bee.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Cutie Q Census

There are 14,745 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,470 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,450 machines (6,893 unique titles).

Rare - There are 2 known instances of this machine owned by Cutie Q collectors who are active members. Of these, 2 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

Wanted - No active members have added this machine to their wish list.

This game ranks a 2 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]


CPU: 8080


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