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Head On Head On - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Head On - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


A car-shaped character circles in one of four lanes around the screen collecting dots while computer car(s) attempt to crash head-on into the player. There are only four locations on the screen to change lanes. Collecting all the dots advances the player to next level with either more or faster opponent cars.

Head On was produced by Sega/Gremlin in 1979.

Sega/Gremlin released 21 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1976. Sega/Gremlin was based in United States.

Other machines made by Sega/Gremlin during the time period Head On was produced include: Cartoon Gun, Safari, Super Bowl, Fonz, Invinco!, Deep Scan, Fortress, Head On 2, and Digger


Name Head On
Developer Sega/Gremlin (United States)
Year 1979
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 8090
Class Wide Release
Genre Labyrinth/Maze
Conversion Class unique
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Joystick: 4-way (up, down, left, right)
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Bezel Head On Bezel Image
Control Panel Head On Control Panel Image
Side Art Head On Side Art Image

Head On KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.03 (1 vote)

Fun Factor: 2.80

Overall Like 3.00
Fun (Social) 3.00
Fun (Solo) 3.00
Collector Desire 2.00

Technical Rating: 3.25

Gameplay 5.00
Graphics 3.00
Originality 3.00
Sound/Music 2.00

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 Book "Atari Graphics and Arcade Game Design" credits Head On as being the very first eat-the-dots style game.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Head On Census

There are 14,959 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,548 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,366 machines (6,939 unique titles).

Common - There are 36 known instances of this machine owned by Head On collectors who are active members. Of these, 31 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 3 active VAPS members with a Head On machines for sale. There are 3 active VAPS members with a Head On circuit boards for sale.

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

This game ranks a 8 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]



Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. Arcade Treasures Kurtz (ISBN 088740619X) Page: 168; Color photo

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