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Food Fight Food Fight - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Food Fight - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


As Charley Chuck, you hurl piles of food at your foes, the four crazy chefs, but make sure you eat the ice-cream cone before it melts. This game uses a special analog joystick that is comprised of a centering-bellows and two potentiometers.

Food Fight was produced by Atari in 1983.

Atari released 137 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 Food Fight was produced include: Fast Freddie, Gravitar, Dig Dug, Black Widow, Akka Arrh, Alpha 1, Arabian, Cloak & Dagger, Cloud 9, and Crystal Castles


Name Food Fight
Developer Atari (United States)
Year 1983
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 7837
Class Wide Release
Genre Platform
Conversion Class unique
Game Specific Food Fight Pinout
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Joystick: Analog
  • Buttons: 1 - Throw
Sound Unamplified Mono (requires one-channel amp)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
  • Cocktail
Side Art Food Fight Side Art Image
PCB Food Fight PCB Image

Game Introduction

Food Fight hero, Charley Chuck, gets points by eating his ice cream cone before it melts. To do this, he must fight off Oscar, Angelo, Jacques, and Zorba, the four mean-looking chefs who rise from holes and throw food at him.

Each of the chefs wears a different hat: Oscar wears a big hat Angelo wears a small hat Jacques wears a curved hat and Zorba wears a tall hat.

Charley must not be caught by a chef, get hit by food thrown by a chef or walk onto an open hole or else he is a goner.

On some stages, the food that Charley can throw at the chefs include peas, tomatoes, bananas and pies each in piles. On these stages, the supplies are limited, so you must try to use whatever you can to throw at the crazy chefs before they run out.

On other stages, the food that he can throw are watermelons. On these stages, Chuck can throw pieces of watermelon continuously because the supplies are absolutely unlimited.

Whenever Charley makes a direct hit at a chef, the chef is temporarily stunned.

Chuck must eat the ice-cream cone before it melts in order to proceed to the next stage. When Chuck eats the cone, the ice-cream flavor changes and the game difficulty increases.

If the round lasts a long time and Charley has a lot of narrow escapes or close calls before successful completion, the game may award an "Instant Replay" - when this happens silly music plays there is no background music during gameplay and the entire round is played back on the screen. The music is synchronized to the replay so that the last few notes correspond perfectly to the point where Charley eats the cone. Getting an "Instant Replay" does not add to the player score, but it sure is fun to see. When the chefs pop up they also leave holes on the screen, you fall in a hole you die! Avoid the holes.

Game Play

There are 125 total levels. Once you reach level 80 or so, the game is so fast that you are pretty much just running for the cone.

Food Fight KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.53 (14 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.44

Overall Like 3.62
Fun (Social) 3.00
Fun (Solo) 3.54
Collector Desire 3.86

Technical Rating: 3.81

Gameplay 3.85
Graphics 3.85
Originality 3.92
Sound/Music 3.38

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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The game is labeled "Charley Chuck's Food Fight" on the marquee and the manual.

An upright version of the game appears in the movie "Real Genius".

Cabinet Information

There are two known types of marquees: a flexible vinyl paper type and a dedicated solid plastic type. The artwork on the upright is classic Atari.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Food Fight Census

There are 14,952 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,547 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,357 machines (6,938 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 162 known instances of this machine owned by Food Fight collectors who are active members. Of these, 146 of them are original dedicated machines. One is a conversion in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 13 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 Food Fight machines for sale. There is one active VAPS member with an extra Food Fight circuit board for sale.

Wanted - Very Popular - There are 40 active VAPS members currently looking for Food Fight.

This game ranks a 41 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 67 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. The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 151; Color photo Price guide: No
  2. Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 151; Color photo

Additional References (logged in members often see more)

  1. 3D Model (External): Dedicated

See the game at:

This game is available at the following public arcades, bars or museums:

Name Location State Country Details Check-ins
Bartari 101 Adams Ave, Scranton Pennsylvania United States Arcade Bar (Classic Videogame and Pinball)
Children: Only in daytime
Focus: Classic & Modern Games
Food: Yes
Alcohol: Yes
Payment Method: Coins

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