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The player controls the Hunch Back, a deformed bell-ringer, who must avoid various obstacles and rescue the young gypsy woman Esmeralda from the tower of a well-guarded fortress.

Hunch Back was produced by Century Electronics in 1983.

Century Electronics released 19 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1980. Century Electronics was based in United States.

Other machines made by Century Electronics during the time period Hunch Back was produced include: Video 8 Ball, Dazzler, Gold Bug, Logger, Out Line, Heart Attack, and Space Warp



Name Hunch Back
Developer Century Electronics (United States)
Year 1983
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 8156
Class Wide Release
Genre Platform
Conversion Class unique
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Joystick: 2-way (left, right)
  • Buttons: 1 - Jump
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Control Panel Hunch Back Control Panel Image

Game Introduction

In this game, players must maneuver the lead, bell-ringing character via a two-way joystick and a Jump button as he travels over the castle walls in an effort to rescue the beautiful Esmeralda from the tower. Each successive board presents new and more difficult challenges to the Hunch Back, who completes a screen when he rings a bell at the far right-hand side of the screen, before a torch-carrying soldier at the bottom can climb up and burn him.

In the first screen, the Hunch Back has to leap over fireballs in his quest. For the second screen, he must swing over a fiery chasm (and score a 2000 point bonus if it can be done before the soldier reaches the top of the wall and pops a heart). On the third screen, the Hunch Back must jump over gaps in the wall, while in the fourth, soldiers hide in the gaps and strike their spears up and down. The final screen features the Hunch Back jumping over arrows as well as the now-empty gaps. After the fifth round, various elements of the previous screens are mixed together, for slightly different challenges, such as avoiding fireballs and arrows while also jumping over soldiers.

Scoring points is based on how quickly you can finish a round, although there is no time to inform you about how much bonus time is left. No points are given for jumping over obstacles. The best way to score big, however is to complete five rounds without losing a life. If you collect five bells in this way, you are awarded a Super Bonus worth 10000 to 30000 points.

Game Play

On each stage, you must move the Hunch Back to the other side and ring the bell before a torch-carrying soldier, who climbs the wall, makes it all the way to the top. If the soldier reaches the top, he will try to burn the Hunch Back with his torch. If the Hunch Back rings the bell before the soldier scales the wall, a bonus score is rewarded.

Depending upon which stage you are on, the Hunch Back must jump over various objects like fireballs and arrows. He also must jump over empty gaps or gaps where there are soldiers, who have spears and strike them up and down. The Hunch Back must jump over the soldiers when their spears are down.

On some stages, the Hunch Back might also have to swing across a fiery chasm on a rope and on some he might have to ring some bells to get over fiery chasms before he can ring the bell at the end of the stage. Some stages may have two or three dangers at once. When he gets to the stage where Esmeralda is imprisoned in the tower, that one is the most difficult because it has many dangers at once.

After the Hunch Back has rung the bell at the end of that stage and Esmeralda has been rescued, the game starts over again, but with increased difficulty.

Hunch Back KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 0.00 (0 votes)

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This video game is based on the novel "The Hunchback Of Notre Dame" by Victor Hugo.

On most of these games, there is a screen that says "Featuring The Bells", but on a game that had darker colored graphics, the same screen said "Featuring Quasimodo And Esmeralda".

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Hunch Back Census

There are 14,944 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,544 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,327 machines (6,937 unique titles).

Common - There are 22 known instances of this machine owned by Hunch Back collectors who are active members. Of these, 3 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. 18 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 2 active VAPS members with a Hunch Back circuit boards for sale.

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

This game ranks a 5 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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