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A 1920's gangster shoot-em-up. Eliminate a certain number of baddies in order to advance to another location. Eventually, you will meet the big boss and kill him too.

Dead Connection was produced by Taito in 1992.

Taito released 486 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1967. Taito was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Taito during the time period Dead Connection was produced include: Power Wheels, D3bos - Infinity, D3bos, Star Trax, Quiz Quest - Hime To Yuusha No Monogatari, Arabian Magic, Dino Rex, Euro Champ '92, Galactic Storm, and Grid Seeker: Project Storm Hammer

Dead Connection
Dead Connection


Name Dead Connection
Developer Taito (Japan)
Year 1992
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 7536
Class Wide Release
Genre Shooter
Conversion Class JAMMA+
# Simultaneous Players 4
# Maximum Players 4
Game Play Joint
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 2 - Fire Weapon|Dive Roll
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard

Game Introduction

The game has four selectable player characters:Philip, James, Eddie and Gary.

FBI agents decide to take it upon themselves to clean up a city that is riddled with no-good gangsters. After having suffered personal loss at the hands of the hoods, the four agents decide to find the big boss and eliminate him. This involves finding his various henchmen and 'interrogating' them. Once you have got the information you need, you advance to another location finding another sub-boss, all the while getting closer to the big man himself.

Game Play

At each location the screen is fixed. You run around on the screen and various baddies will show up, either jumping out of hedges or usually appearing from doors or the sides of the screen. It looks and plays a bit like Syndicate except the angle of view is higher, the scenery is fixed, and the civilians are safe from your gunfire, but the scenery is not. In order to gain extra weapons and/or health bonuses, you can destroy various bits of scenery to reveal them. When the gangsters have been killed, some of them leave behind their wallets and briefcases, giving you major point bonuses.

Dead Connection KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 0.00 (0 votes)

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VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Dead Connection Census

There are 14,834 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,506 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,890 machines (6,918 unique titles).

Common - There are 30 known instances of this machine owned by Dead Connection collectors who are active members. Of these, 5 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 25 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There is one active VAPS member with an extra Dead Connection circuit board for sale.

Wanted - No active members have added this machine to their wish list. There is one active VAPS member looking for a Dead Connection circuit board set.

This game ranks a 6 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]



The CPUs the game uses are one M68000, one Z80 and many custom Taito processors. A YM2610B and a YM3016 are used for sound.


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