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Frenzy - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


A humanoid advances through many mazes by shooting as many robots as he can while being pursued by Evil Otto. Various phrases and sound effects can be heard throughout the game.

Frenzy was produced by Stern Electronics in 1982.

Stern Electronics released 67 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1977. Stern Electronics was based in United States.

Other machines made by Stern Electronics during the time period Frenzy was produced include: Freefall, Armored Car, Split Second, Iron Maiden, Lightning, Dark Planet, Cue, Dragonfist, Hypnox, and Pooyan


Name Frenzy
Developer Stern Electronics (United States)
Year 1982
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 7853
Class Wide Release
Genre Labyrinth/Maze
Conversion Class unique
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player Ambidextrous
  • Joystick: Optical
  • Buttons: 1 - Fire
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard - cocktail
  • Cocktail
Control Panel Frenzy Control Panel Image
Side Art Frenzy Side Art Image

Game Introduction

Basically, Berzerk and Frenzy are the same game, but Frenzy has more to do. You not only go through many mazes with varying amounts of robots and firepower, but you go through actual rooms, each different. Plus, you can shoot through the segmented walls to create an exit, bounce shells (so can the robots) off of the solid walls, and shoot Evil Otto for points and make him dissappear, but beware because each time he comes back he moves faster than before, to the point you can't out run him. If you stay in one of the rooms too long, another Evil Otto comes at you from a different direction along with the original one! Also, the robots are much smarter than in Berzerk.

Game Play

Shoot at as many robots as you can before they come after you. Watch out for Evil Otto who comes in from where you started on the screen. Be careful of robots shooting through the segmented walls as well as there are not as many places to hide as in Berzerk.

In Frenzy, scores are usually higher since the game varies in difficulty. Berzerk becomes difficult very quickly, but Frenzy's challenges seem to come in random waves.

Frenzy KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.08 (4 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.10

Overall Like 3.25
Fun (Social) 1.75
Fun (Solo) 3.50
Collector Desire 3.75

Technical Rating: 3.06

Gameplay 4.25
Graphics 2.75
Originality 2.00
Sound/Music 3.25

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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This was one of Stern's last games so its production run was small compared to the number of Berzerk machines made.

Cabinet Information

The unique thing about Stern cabinets of this era was that they had a board access area on the left front of the machine. The access panel could be opened by releasing a latch just inside the left side of the coin door and the complete board set, which was mounted on a sliding panel, could be pulled out for servicing.


The game can be converted to Berzerk by swapping ZPU boards (i.e. the CPU/motherboard). The games use the same power supply, video board, sound/speech board, and control panel.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Frenzy Census

There are 14,839 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,506 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,922 machines (6,919 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 68 known instances of this machine owned by Frenzy collectors who are active members. Of these, 53 of them are original dedicated machines. 2 of them are conversions 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 4 active VAPS members with a Frenzy machines for sale. There is one active VAPS member with an extra Frenzy circuit board for sale.

Wanted - There are 7 active VAPS members currently looking for Frenzy.

This game ranks a 20 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 10 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]



  1. Berzerk
  2. Frenzy


Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 122; Color photo Price guide: No
  2. Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 122; Color photo

Additional References (logged in members often see more)

  1. 3D Model (External): Conversion

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