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Eliminator Eliminator - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Eliminator - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


A large spheroid known as the Eliminator floats randomly about the screen destroying everything it touches. Pilot a space ship around and avoid being hit by it, other players, or drones while fighting.

Eliminator was produced by Sega/Gremlin in 1981.

Sega/Gremlin released 21 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1976. Sega/Gremlin was based in United States.

Other machines made by Sega/Gremlin during the time period Eliminator was produced include: Digger, Monaco GP, Deep Scan, Fortress, Head On 2, Astro Blaster, Frogger, Pulsar, Space Fury, and Space Odyssey


Name Eliminator
Developer Sega/Gremlin (United States)
Year 1981
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 7704
Class Wide Release
Genre Shooter
  • Orientation: Horizontal
  • Type: Vector
  • Color: Color
  • 19-inch Electrohome G08

Conversion Class Sega G80 System Vector
Game Specific Eliminator Pinout
Dipswitch Settings

Eliminator Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 2
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Competitive
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
  • Buttons: Rotational (left, right)
  • Buttons: 2 - ThrustFire
Sound Unamplified Mono (requires one-channel amp)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
  • Cocktail - 2-player
  • Table/Island - 4-player

Video Clips

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Eliminator KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.05 (4 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.10

Overall Like 3.00
Fun (Social) 4.50
Fun (Solo) 1.75
Collector Desire 3.25

Technical Rating: 3.00

Gameplay 4.00
Graphics 3.00
Originality 2.75
Sound/Music 2.25

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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During the attract mode for Eliminator four-player, it mentions "Two-player game". This implies that the two-player upright model came first, and they forgot to change the attract mode between games. This was the only four-player vector game ever made.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Eliminator Census

There are 14,912 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,533 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,213 machines (6,929 unique titles).

Common - There are 40 known instances of this machine owned by Eliminator collectors who are active members. Of these, 33 of them are original dedicated machines. 3 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 4 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

Wanted - There are 9 active VAPS members currently looking for Eliminator.

This game ranks a 16 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 13 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]



Eliminator 4-player is actually different in hardware from it's two player counterpart in a few respects: 1 Different EPROM data, 2 External I/O board to handle additional inputs and 3 Different slapstick. The cocktail form also has different game EPROM data, but the slapstick and CPU EPROM are the same as the 2-player.


As with all of Sega's vector games, the Electrohome color vector monitor used for this game has a notorious tendency to catch fire. It is unknown what to do to prevent this.


Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 108; Color photo Price guide: No
  2. Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 108; Color photo

Additional References (logged in members often see more)

  1. 3D Model (External): Upright
  2. 3D Model (External): Cocktail (4 Player)

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