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King And Balloon King And Balloon - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

King And Balloon - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


You control a crossbowman who fires at squads of descending hot-air balloons. You must protect the king and prevent him from being captured and carried far up into the sky by one of the balloons.

King And Balloon was produced by Namco in 1981.

Namco released 310 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1977. Namco was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Namco during the time period King And Balloon was produced include: Pac-Man, Navarone, SOS, Puck Man, Galaxian, Galaga, New Rally-X, Tank Battalion, Warp & Warp, and Batting Chance


Name King And Balloon
Developer Namco (Japan)
Year 1981
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 8311
Class Wide Release
Genre Shooter
Conversion Class unique
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Joystick: 2-way (left, right)
  • Buttons: 1 - Fire
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Bezel King And Balloon Bezel Image
Side Art King And Balloon Side Art Image

King And Balloon KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.93 (1 vote)

Fun Factor: 3.60

Overall Like 4.00
Fun (Social) 4.00
Fun (Solo) 4.00
Collector Desire 2.00

Technical Rating: 4.25

Gameplay 4.00
Graphics 5.00
Originality 4.00
Sound/Music 4.00

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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  • Snowy Day King & Balloon - Has a Christmas theme.

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VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op King And Balloon Census

There are 14,743 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,468 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,437 machines (6,893 unique titles).

Uncommon - There are 9 known instances of this machine owned by King And Balloon collectors who are active members. Of these, 6 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 is one active VAPS member with a King And Balloon machine for sale.

Wanted - There are 5 active VAPS members currently looking for King And Balloon.

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 8 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]



The game uses two Z80 microprocessors. The first Z80 runs hardware which is essentially the same as Galaxian but without the starfield generator. The second Z80 drives a DAC to produce simple digitized speech ("Help", "Thank You", "Bye Bye").


Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 110; Color photo

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