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Drive your car in a demolition derby and avoid getting hit in the radiator. Hit other cars in the radiator several times to make them explode. Collect wrenches, screwdrivers and car keys for bonuses.

Demolition Derby was produced by Bally Midway in 1984.

Bally Midway released 96 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1980. Bally Midway was based in United States.

Other machines made by Bally Midway during the time period Demolition Derby was produced include: E2088, Gold Ball, Grand Slam (4 player version), Domino Man, Discs Of Tron, Granny and the Gators, Black Pyramid, Ten Pin Champ, Spy Hunter, and Kings of Steel


Name Demolition Derby
Developer Bally Midway (United States)
Year 1984
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 7551
Class Wide Release
Genre Racing
Conversion Class Midway MCR III
# Simultaneous Players 2
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Either
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
  • Steering: Wheel
  • Shifter: 2-position (forward, reverse)
Sound Unamplified Stereo (requires two-channel amp)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
  • Table/Island - 333 lbs
PCB Demolition Derby PCB Image

Game Play

Driving your car in reverse allows you to attack cars without damaging your radiator. Keep your radiator near the walls when not attacking. Collect wrenches and screwdrivers for repairs. Running over loose tires can make them fly in the air and damage other cars.

Demolition Derby KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.20 (7 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.29

Overall Like 3.29
Fun (Social) 4.14
Fun (Solo) 2.67
Collector Desire 3.14

Technical Rating: 3.11

Gameplay 3.71
Graphics 3.29
Originality 3.29
Sound/Music 2.14

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

HINT: Collect the screwdrivers at all costs. They seriously extend your lifespan.

HINT: At the start of each round, all the cars begin with their trunks facing each other. When the cars begin moving, all the vehicles ram each other at top speed. You need to wait half a second and steer a little to the right before backing up full throttle. This will send you into the radiator of the car to your right for a big score and it will likely become a candidate for the first loser of the round.

As you progress through the game, the "garage girl" (who appears between each level) shows a little bit more of her entire body.

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Cabinet Information

This game was released in a two-player upright and a four-player stand-around table. The sides of the cabinet have flashy, dark blue racing graphics.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Demolition Derby Census

There are 14,842 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,508 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,933 machines (6,921 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 55 known instances of this machine owned by Demolition Derby collectors who are active members. Of these, 54 of them are original dedicated machines. One is a set of circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 4 active VAPS members with a Demolition Derby machines for sale. There is one active VAPS member with an extra Demolition Derby circuit board for sale.

Wanted - Popular - There are 19 active VAPS members currently looking for Demolition Derby.

This game ranks a 15 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 32 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]



Bally Midway produced two different versions of the boardset; one is their standard MCR III platform that ran most of their early 1980's games and the other fits into the mono board series. The manual for the 2-player upright specifies information for both types. The game uses a Turbo Cheap Squeak to generate additional sound effects.

Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 193; Color photo Price guide: No
  2. Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 193; Color photo

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Auctions Recap

Year Count Median $ Average $
2016 1 690.00 690.00
2017 1 590.00 590.00
2018 2 1,062.00 1,062.00
All Years 4 640.00 851.00


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