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Dark Planet Dark Planet - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Dark Planet - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


A 3-D space adventure game that takes place on a mysterious planet. Prevent enemies from building bases.

Dark Planet was produced by Stern Electronics in 1982.

Stern Electronics released 67 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1977. Stern Electronics was based in United States.

Other machines made by Stern Electronics during the time period Dark Planet was produced include: Freefall, Armored Car, Split Second, Iron Maiden, Lightning, Frenzy, Cue, Dragonfist, Hypnox, and Pooyan


Name Dark Planet
Developer Stern Electronics (United States)
Year 1982
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 7520
Class Wide Release
Genre Shooter
  • Orientation: Horizontal
  • Type: Raster: Standard Resolution
  • Color: Color
  • Only red and blue colors are used. A 3-D effect is created with filters. The image from the monitor is reflected and merged with the image of an actual modeled terrain.

Conversion Class Konami Classic
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player Ambidextrous
  • Rotary: Optical
  • Buttons: 3 - Thrust|Fire|Laser
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Control Panel Dark Planet Control Panel Image
Side Art Dark Planet Side Art Image

Game Introduction

The game is viewed through a three-inch tall slit in the front of the cabinet. The blue colored objects (your ship and enemy ships), appear to float at the top level of the terrain. The red colored objects appear to rest on the bottom of the terrain. The filters used for the 3-D effect make the layers appear about three inches apart from each other.

Game Play

You thrust and fire like Asteroids, but you can also "laser" the enemies on the level below you -- kind of like bombing them. When you hold down the laser button, impacts or explosions appear on the level below you, destroying any enemies they touch. There is a cannon-type gun that rolls on tracks on the ground that shoots up at you. There is also a volcano in the lower right quarter that occasionally erupts into the upper level. When you fire, your shots hit the sides of the terrain and you can bump into the top of the volcano. You can get down to the lower level of game play by entering a tube in the upper right quarter.

Dark Planet KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 0.00 (0 votes)

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The game was programmed by Dale Jurich and was one of two video games he ever made. The other was a pool game for the IBM PC Jr.

Cabinet Information

The cabinet features richly detailed 50's sci-fi style artwork.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Dark Planet Census

There are 14,823 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).

Uncommon - There are 7 known instances of this machine owned by Dark Planet collectors who are active members. Of these, 6 of them are original dedicated machines. One is a set of circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

Wanted - There are 3 active VAPS members currently looking for Dark Planet.

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.

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.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]



The game uses the same boardset as Super Cobra.


Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 132; Color photo Price guide: No
  2. Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 132; Color photo

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