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Karnov Karnov - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Karnov - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


You play a Russian strong-man fighting his way through nine levels in order to piece together a map that leads to the treasure. End-of-level monsters appear during each stage. Finding hidden power-ups along the way can make your job easier.

Karnov was produced by Nihon Bussan/AV Japan in 1987.

Nihon Bussan/AV Japan released 60 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1978. Nihon Bussan/AV Japan was based in United States.

Other machines made by Nihon Bussan/AV Japan during the time period Karnov was produced include: Breywood, Kyoukou Toppa, Lock-On, Last Mission, Ring King II, T.K.O. Boxing, Gondomania, Meikyuu Hunter G, SRD - Super Real Darwin, and Makyou Senshi


Name Karnov
Developer Nihon Bussan/AV Japan (United States)
Year 1987
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 8283
Class Wide Release
Genre Scrolling Fighter
Conversion Class JAMMA
Dipswitch Settings

Karnov Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player Ambidextrous
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 3 - FireJumpSelect
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
PCB Karnov PCB Image

Game Introduction

The player character is a fire-breathing Russian named Jinborov Karnovski, also known as Karnov, a former circus strongman whose quest is to find the lost treasure by collecting pieces of the map which leads to it at the end of each stage.

As Karnov travels through each level, he will encounter many different prehistoric and mystical creatures that he must avoid or destroy using his fire-breathing powers.

Players can also use power-ups to help Karnov in his search for the treasure and 50 "K" boxes can be collected to gain an extra Karnov.

The game ends after the ninth level is completed and Karnov has found the treasure.

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

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Converted to Spectrum, Amstrad and Commodore 64 by Electric Dreams Software in 1988.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Karnov Census

There are 14,827 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,504 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,883 machines (6,918 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 68 known instances of this machine owned by Karnov collectors who are active members. Of these, 18 of them are original dedicated machines. 6 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 44 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There is one active VAPS member with a Karnov machine for sale. There are 5 active VAPS members with a Karnov circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - There are 2 active VAPS members currently looking for Karnov. There is one active VAPS member looking for a Karnov circuit board set.

This game ranks a 22 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 5 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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  1. 3D Model (External): Upright

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