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Last Starfighter The Last Starfighter The - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Last Starfighter The - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


Utilizing flat shaded polygons, the player shoots down enemy spaceships.

The screenshots shown here are not actual game screenshots, but frames from the CGI animation used in the movie The Last Starfighter for the 'Starfighter' Arcade Game.

Last Starfighter The was produced by Atari Games in 1984.

Atari Games released 88 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1984. Atari Games was based in United States.

Other machines made by Atari Games during the time period Last Starfighter The was produced include: Paperboy, Marble Madness, E.T., Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom, and Gauntlet


Name Last Starfighter The
Developer Atari Games (United States)
Year 1984
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 8394
Class Prototype
Genre Shooter
Conversion Class unique
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 1
Game Play Single
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Steering: X-directional yoke
  • Buttons: 2 - FireDeathblossom
Sound Unamplified Stereo (requires two-channel amp)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Instructions Last Starfighter The Instructions Image
Control Panel Last Starfighter The Control Panel Image

Game Play

The game started with shooting target bouys and then proceeded onto shooting enemy spaceships.

Last Starfighter The KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.35 (3 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.53

Overall Like 5.00
Fun (Social) 4.00
Fun (Solo) 5.00
Collector Desire 3.67

Technical Rating: 4.25

Gameplay 4.00
Graphics 4.50
Originality 4.00
Sound/Music 4.50

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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To Clarify, and stop the rumors once and for all, this unit was never produced. The actual game was about 75 percent completed when the project was cancelled due to numerous reasons. The closest anyone outside of Atari or the licensing company ever saw of the prototype is what you see on the arcade game screens in the film, which were based on the initial designs of the coinop game. There was one set of wirewrapped prototype boards and those may have been reused in the creation of other games. The prototype software for the game may still exist in the archives at Atari, but getting access to it, and in turn using it, would be nearly impossible.

A version of The Last Starfighter game was created for the Atari 5200, however. The ROM image for the game has recently become available and it can be played using a 5200 emulator.

Cabinet Information

There was no production cabinet manufactured. The prototype used a variation of the custom controller designed for the military Battlezone project, and which was later used on the Star Wars vector game.


A free homebrew version of this game has been created based upon images of the game as seen in the movie. It can be access at:

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Last Starfighter The Census

There are 14,769 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,481 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,607 machines (6,903 unique titles).

Uncommon - There are 7 known instances of this machine owned by Last Starfighter The collectors who are active members. Of these, 7 of them are original dedicated machines.

Wanted - There is one active VAPS member currently looking for Last Starfighter The.

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

This game ranks a 2 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): Dedicated

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