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Inferno - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


Players walk around a three-quarters perspective maze shooting at various enemies. After shooting an enemy the enemy's "soul" a dark version of itself attempts to make its way to the top of the screen to an awaiting monster mouth. The player must touch the enemy soul before it gets there or a more difficult enemy is regenerated.

Inferno was produced by Williams Electronics, Inc. (1967-1985) in 1984.

Williams Electronics, Inc. (1967-1985) released 215 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1959. Williams Electronics, Inc. (1967-1985) was based in United States.

Other machines made by Williams Electronics, Inc. (1967-1985) during the time period Inferno was produced include: Roller Aces, Rat Race, MotoRace USA, Joust Pinball, Blaster, 1942, Mystic Marathon, Devastator, Pennant Fever, and Space Shuttle


Name Inferno
Developer Williams Electronics, Inc. (1967-1985) (United States)
Year 1984
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 8191
Class Wide Release
Genre Scrolling Fighter
Conversion Class unique
Game Specific Inferno Pinout
# Simultaneous Players 2
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Joint
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
  • Joystick: 4-way (up-left, down-left, up-right, down-right)
  • Joystick: 8-way stick with trigger and one thumb button - FireFire
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard

Game Introduction

Inferno's maze layout is somewhat similar to Crystal Castles, but without the wide changes in maze height. There seems to be only three or four "heights" of the maze, which the player can reach via small stairways.

Inferno KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 2.85 (1 vote)

Fun Factor: 2.20

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

Technical Rating: 3.50

Gameplay 5.00
Graphics 3.00
Originality 3.00
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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The exact number of manufactured games is unknown, but it is estimated that fewer than 50 of these cabinets were made.

Cabinet Information

The cabinet is slightly different from a Joust cabinet in that the monitor is tilted back from the player at about a 30 degree angle and the control panel slopes upward further onto the monitor bezel.


A Joust 2 boardset can be converted into an Inferno by swapping ROMs, adding two RAM ICs into available sockets and changing some jumpers. Other games with similar hardware to Joust 2 are Mystic Marathon and Turkey Shoot.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Inferno 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).

Uncommon - There are 12 known instances of this machine owned by Inferno collectors who are active members. Of these, 7 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. 4 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

Wanted - There are 7 active VAPS members currently looking for Inferno.

This game ranks a 4 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 12 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]


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