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Fire Truck - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


One or two players drive a fire engine through a maze of winding city streets, avoiding parked cars. In one-player mode, a person may drive the front or back of the fire truck. In a two-person game, the front player sits and drives the rig while the rear player stands and steers the trailer.

Fire Truck was produced by Atari in 1978.

Atari released 136 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1972. Atari was based in United States.

Other machines made by Atari during the time period Fire Truck was produced include: Airborne Avenger, Catch, Destroyer, Boxing, Dominos, Sky Raider, Orbit, Skydiver, Avalanche, and Smokey Joe


Name Fire Truck
Developer Atari (United States)
Year 1978
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 7814
Class Wide Release
Genre Racing
  • Orientation: Vertical
  • Type: TV Monitor
  • Color: Black and White
  • 23-Inch, Motorola or Tec

Conversion Class unique
# Simultaneous Players 2
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Joint
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player Controls Differ
  • First Player - Steering Wheel|Track Select|Horn|Accelerator
  • Second Player - Steering Wheel|Track Select|Bell
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Environmental/Cockpit
Control Panel Fire Truck Control Panel Image
PCB Fire Truck PCB Image

Game Introduction

Drive the truck through a random maze of streets. The game is played for points and extended play. Player rankings are Sorry, So-So, Good or Ace. A select button at the front and back choose either hard or easy tracks. The game has an overhead view. The game uses inverted video during extended play.

When in one-player mode and the person is steering the trailer, the computer drives the front. In one- and two-player modes, massive oversteering can affect the whole truck and cause a crash. The front player has a horn button and back player has a bell button. Neither sound buttons serve any purpose in game play.

Game Play

Players simply earn points by driving. Extended play is awarded for for earning a high enough score. The fire truck never reaches a fire or any specific destination!

Fire Truck KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.26 (4 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.60

Overall Like 3.75
Fun (Social) 4.00
Fun (Solo) 2.33
Collector Desire 3.75

Technical Rating: 2.94

Gameplay 3.00
Graphics 2.50
Originality 4.00
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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Cabinet Information

The cabinet is comprised of a seat section attached to stand-up cabinet. The cabinet has a steering wheel mounted down low to accomodate the sitting player and the second steering wheel is mounted behind the seat. The right side of the cabinet accomodates entry for the sit-down player.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Fire Truck Census

There are 14,748 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,472 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,455 machines (6,894 unique titles).

Common - There are 37 known instances of this machine owned by Fire Truck collectors who are active members. Of these, 32 of them are original dedicated machines. 5 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 2 active VAPS members with a Fire Truck machines for sale.

Wanted - There are 10 active VAPS members currently looking for Fire Truck.

This game ranks a 11 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 17 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]



6800 CPU, 65K memory, 1Mhz, two PCB versions


Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. Arcade Treasures Kurtz (ISBN 088740619X) Page: 103; Color photo
  2. The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 65; Color photo Price guide: No

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  1. 3D Model (External): Dedicated

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