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One or two players fight on land and water to reach the village of Ikari. Players can shoot it out on foot or drive a tank. Features rotary joysticks.

Ikari Warriors was produced by Tradewest in 1986.

Tradewest released 2 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1985. Tradewest was based in United States.

Other machines made by Tradewest during the time period Ikari Warriors was produced include: Alpha Mission


Name Ikari Warriors
Developer Tradewest (United States)
Year 1986
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 8180
Class Wide Release
Genre Scrolling Fighter
Conversion Class SNK
Dipswitch Settings

Ikari Warriors Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 2
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Joint
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
  • Joystick: 8-way Rotary - LS-30
  • Buttons: 2 - FireGrenade
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Control Panel Ikari Warriors Control Panel Image
Side Art Ikari Warriors Side Art Image
PCB Ikari Warriors PCB Image

Game Introduction

Rambo meets Front Line in this popular classic that spawned several similar games, like Heavy Barrel, Time Soldiers, and Guerrilla War. The game could either be played by a single player or by two players simultaneously. The goal was to reach the village of Ikari. Preventing the player from reaching the village were a slew of enemies like soldiers, tanks, helicopters, super tanks, and the terribly annoying "kamikaze soldiers" that walked right up to you and blew themselves and you up. Each soldier was equipped with a different weapon like a semi-automatic machine gun, an automatic machine gun, grenades, and super grenades. To assist the players in their struggle were a number of power-ups that extended the players shots, allowed the player to shoot over obstacles, and super grenades. And since the player's munitions were depletable, additional ammo/grenades had to be picked up along the way. The players could also drive tanks and do neat things like run over the enemy soldiers.

Ikari Warriors KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.59 (8 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.67

Overall Like 3.88
Fun (Social) 4.29
Fun (Solo) 3.13
Collector Desire 3.29

Technical Rating: 3.50

Gameplay 3.88
Graphics 3.63
Originality 3.50
Sound/Music 3.00

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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Cheats, Tricks, Bugs, and Easter Eggs

HINT: When driving a tank, try to avoid upgrading from cannonballs to missiles. Cannonballs explode as supergrenades making it easier to hit gates and squadrons of men. Missiles, unfortunately, only take out one obstacle and will explode upon reaching their maximum range, which is rarely where you'd like the explosions to be.

TRICK: There are times when incoming missile triggers are impossible to avoid in the tank. A bug in the machine maximizes the number of explosions that can be onscreen at one time. When you MUST run over a trigger, fire off three shots rapidly timed to explode when the missile lands. With luck, the computer will be unable to generate the explosion and you and your tank can continue.

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This was such a popular game that it was ported to many of the home console systems and personal computers of the time. Unfortunately, since these systems didn't have rotational joysticks available for them, they were IMHO inferior.

The Colonel Cook character in the game was added for the US version as a nod toward one of the partners of Tradewest, Leland Cook. Cook took a Texas A and M Corps Colonel's hat with him to Japan, and the character was designed with that hat.

Cabinet Information

The dedicated game housings were built by Dynamo, a third-party manufacturer that created the popular "cut-corner" cabinet. These enclosures became popular conversion cabinets for many later JAMMA games. Ikari Warriors was also released as a JAMMA conversion kit later on.


Ikari Warriors was manufactured by Tradewest which licensed the game from SNK.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Ikari Warriors Census

There are 14,817 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,502 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,868 machines (6,918 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 161 known instances of this machine owned by Ikari Warriors collectors who are active members. Of these, 62 of them are original dedicated machines. 23 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 76 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 7 active VAPS members with a Ikari Warriors machines for sale. There are 3 active VAPS members with a Ikari Warriors circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - Popular - There are 15 active VAPS members currently looking for Ikari Warriors. There is one active VAPS member looking for a Ikari Warriors circuit board set.

This game ranks a 43 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 25 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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The dedicated boardset has a 22/44-pin edge connector that uses the SNK pinout while the conversion kit PCB uses the JAMMA standard pinout. Both have two 13-pin connectors on the board that connect via cables to the LS-30 rotary joysticks on the control panel.


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