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Depthcharge Depthcharge - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Depthcharge - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


Depthcharge was produced by UPL in 1977.

UPL released 34 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1976. UPL was based in United States.

Other machines made by UPL during the time period Depthcharge was produced include: Blockade, Hustle, Blasto, Carnival, Super Moon Cresta, and Space Fire Bird


Name Depthcharge
Developer UPL (United States)
Year 1977
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 7558
Class Wide Release
Genre Shooter
Conversion Class unique
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 1
Game Play Single
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Buttons: Rotational (left, right)
  • Buttons: 2 - Fire Left|Fire Right
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Control Panel Depthcharge Control Panel Image

Game Play

Player uses buttons to move a ship left and right at the top of the screen. Additional buttons fire depth charges left and right. A total of 6 depth charges can be fired and on screen at the same time. Once a depth charge has exploded or reached the bottom, another may be launched.

You have 90 seconds to destroy as many submarines as possible. Each submarine will have a number from 10-90 indicating how many points it is worth if destroyed. Submarines will randomly release mines that will float up to destroy your ship, which you must avoid. Every mine that hits your ship will reduce your score by half. Only four submarines will appear on the screen at a time.

Each submarine you destroy will be indicated in miniature at the bottom in a "graveyard". Every ship in the graveyard will score a 30-pt bonus at the end of the game.

A score of 500 or more at the end of the game will result in a 45-second extended play.

Depthcharge KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 2.75 (1 vote)

Fun Factor: 3.00

Overall Like 3.00
Fun (Social) 2.00
Fun (Solo) 3.00
Collector Desire 4.00

Technical Rating: 2.50

Gameplay 2.00
Graphics 2.00
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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Cabinet Information

A timed game where the object is to fire depthcharges and destroy as many submarines as possible while avoiding the mines that are released by the subs.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Depthcharge Census

There are 14,944 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,544 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,327 machines (6,937 unique titles).

Common - There are 28 known instances of this machine owned by Depthcharge collectors who are active members. Of these, 26 of them are original dedicated machines. 2 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

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

Wanted - There are 4 active VAPS members currently looking for Depthcharge.

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.

This game ranks a 7 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]



Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 55; Color photo
  2. Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 47; Color photo

Additional References (logged in members often see more)

  1. 3D Model (External): Upright

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