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Fighting Fantasy Fighting Fantasy - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

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Armor-clad swordsmen fight head-to-head or one player against multiple enemies in the "Hippodrome". Enemies include a Lizard/Frog with shield, a Medusa-type character, and many others as play advances.

Fighting Fantasy was produced by Data East in 1989.

Data East released 174 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1979. Data East was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Data East during the time period Fighting Fantasy was produced include: Birdie Try, Bloody Wolf, Bad Dudes Vs. Dragon Ninja, Battle Rangers, Chelnov: Atomic Runner, Trio The Punch - Never Forget Me..., Hippodrome, Act-Fancer: Cybernetick Hyper Weapon, Kuhga - Operation Code 'Vapor Trail', and Playboy



Name Fighting Fantasy
Developer Data East (Japan)
Year 1989
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 7783
Class Wide Release
Genre Fighting
Conversion Class JAMMA
Dipswitch Settings

Fighting Fantasy Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 2
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Competitive
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 2 - JumpAttack
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard

Game Play

Fighting Fantasy has highly creative enemies, which ranged from Giant Dragons to Lizard Men to Wizards. Fighting is not reduced to mere button bashing and a different strategy is required to beat every type of opponent. It also gives the option to buy weapons and some weapons are better suited to certain opponents.

You start off as an unnamed human warrior called to the Hippodrome to face some of the best fighters from all across the continent. You fight in sessions consisting of 3 opponents. You choose which one to fight first: a snake-tailed woman, a gargoyle, and a lizardman. After you beat all three you move on to the next session of 3 consisting of a dragon, a scorpion man, and a wizard. Then come the Twins - two humans wielding dual sickles. You have to beat them before you face the final opponent - a HUGE viking. Beat him and you are declared the Champion of the Hippodrome.

Fighting Fantasy KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 0.00 (0 votes)

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COPY OF: Hippodrome

This game seems to be the same but is marked as a Japanese version. The instructions are also in Japanese.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Fighting Fantasy 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).

Uncommon - There are 9 known instances of this machine owned by Fighting Fantasy collectors who are active members. Of these, 9 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 Fighting Fantasy circuit board for sale.

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

This game ranks a 3 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]



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