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Lazarian Lazarian - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Lazarian - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


The game consists of five distinct, though vaguely related, stages. Your ship can maneuver freely in any direction while firing in the four cardinal directions. Various tunes, including the William Tell Overture, are played throughout the game.

Lazarian was produced by Bally Midway in 1981.

Bally Midway released 96 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1980. Bally Midway was based in United States.

Other machines made by Bally Midway during the time period Lazarian was produced include: Kick, Crossroads, Adventures of Robby Roto, The, Wizard Of Wor, Solar Fox, and Blue Print


Name Lazarian
Developer Bally Midway (United States)
Year 1981
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 8396
Class Wide Release
Genre Shooter
Conversion Class unique
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 4 - Fire Up|Fire Down|Fire Left|Fire Right
Sound Unamplified Mono (requires one-channel amp)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
  • Cabaret/Mini
  • Cocktail
Bezel Lazarian Bezel Image
Control Panel Lazarian Control Panel Image

Game Play

The game consists of five distinct stages. In the first stage, the player is required to free several red "meteors" from their confinement zones in the center of the screen by shooting each zone when it turns yellow. Once all of the meteors have been freed, you must dock with a sister-ship in the center of the confinement zone and then destroy the meteors (which have now acquired the ability to fire back at you). During this stage, the circular confinement zone confines your movements to an area about three to four inches in diameter. Once all the meteors have been destroyed, you must traverse the "Tunnel of Fear", destroying various enemies as you try to dock with another sister-ship. After a successful docking, you must bore your way through the Lazarian's body to free the Evil Eye and then, finally, destroy the Evil Eye itself. Once the Eye is destroyed, you move on to the next round.

One of the odd aspects of gameplay is that although your ship can theoretically fire in all four directions, your actual firepower is arbitrarily limited in different ways for each stage. During the first meteor stage, you fire quick-moving laser beams, but during the second meteor stage your weapons become slow-moving "bullets". One or more of your firing directions becomes temporarily unavailable at different points during the "Tunnel of Fear". In the fourth stage, you have all four directions back, but your firing range is limited to about one inch away from your ship, requiring you to get dangerously close to the Lazarian to destroy it. In stage five, you're back to slow-moving bullets.

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

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VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Lazarian Census

There are 14,820 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,502 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,875 machines (6,918 unique titles).

Common - There are 22 known instances of this machine owned by Lazarian collectors who are active members. Of these, 17 of them are original dedicated machines. 5 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 Lazarian machine for sale. There is one active VAPS member with an extra Lazarian circuit board for sale.

Wanted - There are 2 active VAPS members currently looking for Lazarian.

This game ranks a 5 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 3 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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Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 147; Color photo Price guide: No
  2. Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 147; Color photo

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