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Heavy Unit Heavy Unit - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Heavy Unit - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


Fight off ugly aliens in this horizontal shooter.

Heavy Unit was produced by Taito in 1988.

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 Heavy Unit was produced include: Tokusyu Butai UAG, Full Throttle, Contintental Circuit, Exzisus, Wardner No Mori, Bonze Adventure, Chase H.Q., Chuka Taisen, Cloud Master, and Fighting Hawk


Name Heavy Unit
Developer Taito (Japan)
Year 1988
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 8097
Class Wide Release
Genre Shooter
Conversion Class JAMMA
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 2 - FireBomb
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard

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Game Introduction

This is an horizontal shooter with occasional vertical scrolling. The player controls a ship than can switch between two modes - fighter or robot - by picking "T" bonuses. The fighter mode provides a large shot and up/down bombs, whereas the robot mode has a concentrated front-shot and homing energy balls. "P" bonuses increase firepower. Shield bonuses are also available at some places by shooting several secret points.

Heavy Unit KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 0.00 (0 votes)

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VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Heavy Unit Census

There are 14,909 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,532 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,197 machines (6,929 unique titles).

Common - There are 43 known instances of this machine owned by Heavy Unit collectors who are active members. Of these, 2 of them are original dedicated machines. 41 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 Heavy Unit machine for sale. There are 3 active VAPS members with a Heavy Unit circuit boards for sale.

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

This game ranks a 10 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]



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