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Sequel to 1982's Joust. The game involves the same basic play techniques, but with some additional twists. The player is able to switch between Ostrich and Pegasus mounts using the "transform" button and a variety of new enemies and background environments are presented.

Joust 2: Survival Of The Fittest was produced by Williams Electronic Games, Inc. (WMS, 1985-2000) in 1986.

Williams Electronic Games, Inc. (WMS, 1985-2000) released 84 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1985. Williams Electronic Games, Inc. (WMS, 1985-2000) was based in United States.

Other machines made by Williams Electronic Games, Inc. (WMS, 1985-2000) during the time period Joust 2: Survival Of The Fittest was produced include: Pay Phone 5000, 4-IN-1 Willy At The Bat, 4-IN-1 Poker, 4-IN-1 Pigskin 2010, 4-IN-1 Willy's Cup, Tic Tac Strike, Pin*Bot, Road Kings, Pinbot, and PIN-BOT


Name Joust 2: Survival Of The Fittest
Developer Williams Electronic Games, Inc. (WMS, 1985-2000) (United States)
Year 1986
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 8244
Class Wide Release
Genre Platform
Conversion Class Williams
Game Specific Joust 2: Survival Of The Fittest Pinout
# Simultaneous Players 2
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Joint
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
  • Joystick: 2-way (left, right)
  • Buttons: 2 - FlapTransform
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
PCB Joust 2: Survival Of The Fittest PCB Image

Game Introduction

As with the prequel, two players can play this game simultaneously, adding a great deal of extra enjoyment some levels "require" cooperative team play, others reward competition.

Major differences from the original include:

  • Vertical screen, requiring much more emphasis on skilled vertical flying
  • Transform button, allowing one to convert the standard ostrich mount into the pegasus mount. The ostrich is lighter and much more maneuverable the pegasus is heavier allowing faster vertical drops and has a stronger attack against the enemies particularly bats, but is much harder to keep in the air.
  • Highly-varied level environments, adorned with unusual objects such as lightning-producing gargoyle statues, chanting mouths, trees, etc. In all there are something like 35 different screen levels.
  • Additional enemy types, such as fast-flying mutant knights produced when eggs fall into the lava or water pits, bats, cyber-pterodactyls which lay bat-producing crystals.
  • The golden egg -- on each level there is an enemy who, when killed, releases a golden egg. When the golden egg is grabbed by the player, elsewhere on the level a random-effect generator is created. This spot rapidly scrolls through a variety of bonuses, and when the player steps on the spot, one of the effects is generated includes things like bonus points, extra lives, even a super-zap.
  • Hatchlings can kill -- the tiny mount-less enemy knights awaiting pick-up by their vultures can now kill the player if the player lands on their long lances. The hatchlings move from side to side now, so the player must be careful to avoid the moving lance. The hatchlings can only be killed from behind if you are in Ostrich mode. If you touch them when they are facing you they will kill you instead. If you are in Pegasus mode, you cannot be hurt by the hatchlings at all and can kill them from either direction.
  • Some levels contain a large central "black knight statue". These levels can be cleared by using the ordinary means killing all enemies on the screen or by simply by knocking out the four red pins associated with the black knight statue.

Joust 2: Survival Of The Fittest KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 2.51 (3 votes)

Fun Factor: 2.27

Overall Like 1.67
Fun (Social) 3.67
Fun (Solo) 2.33
Collector Desire 2.00

Technical Rating: 2.75

Gameplay 3.67
Graphics 3.00
Originality 1.67
Sound/Music 2.67

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 production run has been estimated at 500 to 1000, but one source has claimed 1080. In general, because they came on the market late and disappeared soon after, they can frequently be found in excellent condition.

Cabinet Information

Similar in basic design to the original Joust. Joust 2 has stencil-type painted side-art, depicting a knight mounted on an ostrich. Eggs and lightning bolts adorn the monitor bezel art, and the control panel is a colorful combination of yellow, purple and light blue, illustrating the transformation of an ostrich into a pegasus.


An update of the classic William's hardware Joust, Robotron: 2084, Sinistar, Bubbles. The boardset is nearly identical to Inferno, Mystic Marathon and Turkey Shoot. The PCB can be converted to run Inferno by adding a couple of RAM ICs, swapping in a new set of ROMs and moving a few jumpers.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Joust 2: Survival Of The Fittest Census

There are 14,900 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,529 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,167 machines (6,928 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 64 known instances of this machine owned by Joust 2: Survival Of The Fittest collectors who are active members. Of these, 61 of them are original dedicated machines. 3 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 Joust 2: Survival Of The Fittest machines for sale.

Wanted - Popular - There are 16 active VAPS members currently looking for Joust 2: Survival Of The Fittest.

This game ranks a 21 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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