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Devastators Devastators - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Devastators - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


Viewed from behind you are a soldier who must walk forward shooting your way past troops, tanks etc. as the scenery scrolls past like a driving game, until you reach the end-of-level boss. Take him/it out and move on to next stage.

Devastators was produced by Konami in 1988.

Konami released 434 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1978. Konami was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Konami during the time period Devastators was produced include: Hyper Crash, Vs. Top Gun, Typhoon, Trick Trap, Track & Field (PlayChoice), '88 Games, Akumajou Dracula, Chequered Flag, Contra (PlayChoice), and Crazy Cop


Name Devastators
Developer Konami (Japan)
Year 1988
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 7573
Class Wide Release
Genre Shooter
Conversion Class JAMMA
# Simultaneous Players 2
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Joint
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 2 - Fire|Throw Grenade/Shoot Rocket
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Control Panel Devastators Control Panel Image

Game Introduction

This game was a little unusual in that rather than moving about in a static level, or one that gradually scrolls sideways, you must walk forwards, into the screen. The scenery is scaled and scrolls past you like in a driving game. You can move around in a set area, but you cannot move back outside it, and moving forward beyond a certain point starts the scrolling. You can pick up guided missiles to add to your grenades, and these lock on to a target indicated by a flashing red cross-hair. You can only fire a short way in from of you and this together with rather sluggish controls and movement made the game difficult to get in to. At the start of the game the players are parachuted out of a plane over a scrolling cloud base. Rather neat looking and sounding. Something about the way the graphics were scaled made it look rather blocky and emphasized the black pixels making it hard to discern some object and the jerky scrolling and sudden jumps in scale made this game less appealing than others of the same genre.

Devastators KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 4.34 (2 votes)

Fun Factor: 4.30

Overall Like 4.50
Fun (Social) 4.00
Fun (Solo) 4.50
Collector Desire 4.00

Technical Rating: 4.38

Gameplay 4.50
Graphics 4.50
Originality 4.00
Sound/Music 4.50

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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VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Devastators 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 73 known instances of this machine owned by Devastators collectors who are active members. Of these, 15 of them are original dedicated machines. 4 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 54 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 5 active VAPS members with a Devastators machines for sale. There are 5 active VAPS members with a Devastators circuit boards for sale.

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

This game ranks a 21 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 paint used on the silk-screen could and in some cases did corrode the metal in the vias, especially around the main code ROM, causing the game to fail. Wiring a link will fix this. The cause may be the paint, or moisture trapped in the via by the paint.


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