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Jail Break - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


Move your character, a policeman, through the streets firing on escaped convicts.

Jail Break was produced by Konami in 1985.

Konami released 434 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1978. Konami was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Konami during the time period Jail Break was produced include: Bubble System, Time Pilot '84, Super Basketball, Sky Jaguar, Shinnyuushain Tooru-kun, Finalizer - Super Transformation, Galactic Warriors, Gradius, Green Beret, and Kicker


Name Jail Break
Developer Konami (Japan)
Year 1985
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 8221
Class Wide Release
Genre Scrolling Fighter
  • Orientation: Horizontal
Conversion Class Konami Classic
Game Specific Jail Break Pinout
Dipswitch Settings

Jail Break Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player Ambidextrous
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 2 - FireWeapon Select
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Control Panel Jail Break Control Panel Image
Side Art Jail Break Side Art Image
PCB Jail Break PCB Image

Game Introduction

The game intro shows that convicts have taken over the prison and many have escaped. Your job, as a policeman, is to kill the escapees. Your view is slightly up and at an angle from the side -- very similar to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or The Simpsons.

The scenes move from right to left and are basic city scenes. First, there are downtown streets, then the park, then a bridge, etc.

You can obtain different weapons: pistol, riot rifle, tear gas gun and maybe more. The Weapon Select button cycles through your weapons via a display at the bottom of the screen. When the desired weapon is higlighted, press the Fire button to shoot it. Hostages will randomly run across the screen. Grab them for extra weapons, but if you shoot them, you'll lose weapons.

Jail Break KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.50 (2 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.50

Overall Like 4.00
Fun (Social) 2.50
Fun (Solo) 4.00
Collector Desire 3.00

Technical Rating: 3.50

Gameplay 4.00
Graphics 3.00
Originality 3.50
Sound/Music 3.50

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

Easter Egg: From the beginning of the game, rescue four hostages in a row. You have to do this to get the tear gas gun. Shortly after getting the fourth hostage, there will be a convict shooting down at you from a building. He is the first window shooter in the game. Gas him to get an interesting peep-show!



The rumors stating that the game has an ending and that there is brief female frontal nudity during the final ceremony appear to be disproven by the following update:

Level five takes place inside the prison. At the end of the level, the wardon is strapped to a chair and guarded by several prisoners. If the warden is hit with even one shot, the game is over no matter how many lives are left. I do not the remember if there was a sequence after this, but perhaps the list of the makers of the game is displayed. After level five, the game begins again at a more difficult level. If all five levels are completed 20 times level 100, the difficulty is reset to that of level one.

It is not known if it is possible to kill the bikers that appear if you stay in the same spot for too long.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Jail Break Census

There are 14,945 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 165,331 machines (6,938 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 82 known instances of this machine owned by Jail Break collectors who are active members. Of these, 6 of them are original dedicated machines. 7 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 68 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 Jail Break machines for sale. There are 7 active VAPS members with a Jail Break circuit boards for sale.

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

This game ranks a 25 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]



This game is quite advanced for it's time. It offers good multi-sprite movement and decent frustrating artificial intelligence. It also has a host of semi-understandable speech phrases such as "Help me!", "Save the hostages.", "The warden has been taken hostage."


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