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Front Line Front Line - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Front Line - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


A vertical shoot-em-up using guns and grenades. Jump into light or heavily armored tanks to fight off the enemy tanks. Toss grenades into the fort to win the battle.

Front Line was produced by Taito in 1982.

Taito released 486 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1967. Taito was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Taito during the time period Front Line was produced include: Janputer, Space Cruiser, Zarzon, T.T Mahjong, Space Seeker, Birdie King, Electric Yo-Yo, Jungle Boy, Jungle Hunt, and Jungle King


Name Front Line
Developer Taito (Japan)
Year 1982
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 7859
Class Wide Release
Genre Shooter
Conversion Class Taito Classic
Game Specific Front Line Pinout
Dipswitch Settings

Front Line Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Rotary: 8-position switch with push-down button - Fire
  • Buttons: 1 - Grenade
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard - 260 lbs
  • Cabaret/Mini
Control Panel Front Line Control Panel Image
Side Art Front Line Side Art Image
PCB Front Line PCB Image

Game Play

You must move upward across enemy battlefields, killing the attacking enemy soldiers with your bullets or grenades while avoiding land mines and big rocks. As you travel farther up, enemy soldiers will man their tanks either big or small and during this sequence, you can fling grenades to destroy these tanks or you can man your own tank big or small. Once you are in a tank, use the rotary to aim your turret and fire. Big tanks can destroy both big and small tanks, but small tanks can only destroy other small tanks. If your tank is hit just once, you must press the Grenade button to escape before it explodes. But if your tank is hit twice, you will be killed.

When you make it to the end of the enemy battlefield at the top of the screen, there will be the enemy fortress equipped with a cannon that can destroy whatever tank you are in as well as kill you. Here you must jump out of your tank if you are in one and toss a grenade directly onto the enemy fortress while avoiding the cannon's line of fire. If you succeed in destroying the fortress, an injured enemy soldier will come up waving a white flag and the entire enemy army will surrender to you. Afterwards, you are rewarded a bonus and then the game begins again with increased difficulty.

Front Line KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 4.36 (8 votes)

Fun Factor: 4.41

Overall Like 4.63
Fun (Social) 2.63
Fun (Solo) 4.50
Collector Desire 4.50

Technical Rating: 4.31

Gameplay 4.50
Graphics 4.13
Originality 4.63
Sound/Music 4.00

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 uses the same pinout and wiring as Wild Western.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Front Line Census

There are 14,831 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,505 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,882 machines (6,918 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 88 known instances of this machine owned by Front Line collectors who are active members. Of these, 65 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. 20 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 a Front Line machine for sale. There are 4 active VAPS members with a Front Line circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - Popular - There are 13 active VAPS members currently looking for Front Line.

This game ranks a 23 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 18 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

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2016 1 0.00 0.00
2017 2 690.00 690.00
All Years 3 575.00 460.00


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