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Looping - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


Fly around in your plane shooting hot-air balloons, rockets, and other oddball items in an attempt to reach "The End". The game starts with you flying over a city, then after shooting the rockets to open the gate, into a series of pipes and finally into "The End" itself.

Looping was produced by Venture Line in 1982.

Venture Line released 9 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1976. Venture Line was based in United States.

Other machines made by Venture Line during the time period Looping was produced include: Meteoroids, Space Force, Golden Cup, Jokers Wild, Break Away, Ponpoko, Sky Bumper, and Super Rider


Name Looping
Developer Venture Line (United States)
Year 1982
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 8452
Class Wide Release
Genre Skill
Conversion Class unique
Game Specific Looping Pinout
Dipswitch Settings

Looping Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player Ambidextrous
  • Joystick: 2-way (up, down)
  • Buttons: 2 - FireSpeed Up
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Bezel Looping Bezel Image

Game Introduction

The player controls a plane that can shoot hot-air balloons, structures, rockets, and some other oddball items. The object of the game is to get to "The End" which you can see off to the left of the screen from where you start if you fly over there. Destroy all of the rockets to open the gate that will take you into a series of pipes. As the levels progress, more oddball things appear to make your flight harder, such as giant drops from a spigot. After making your way through the pipes, the final room contains balls bouncing around which you must shoot or avoid. Fly into "The End" to complete the level. Each level becomes progressively harder. Avoid crashing into any foreground structure which are sometimes hard to differentiate from the background structures in the city, pipes, or walls, the top or bottom of the screen when in the pipes or "The End"'s room. When outside over the city, hitting the top will bounce you back down facing the opposite direction.

Game Play

The simplicity of the controls is what gives the game its biggest challenge since you only use up and down on the controller to dive or climb respectively and effectively loop. When flying over the city, hot-air balloons will bounce off the top and bottom of the screen in a very predictable manner. Shoot them to get them off the screen and out of the way. If too many appear, a red balloon will appear making every other balloon increase in speed quite a bit. Destroy rockets located in different parts of the city to open the gate to the pipes. Once in the pipes, navigate through to the other side. The longer you fly through here, the more points you will rack up. As the levels get harder, more obstacles, such as large drops, appear. After navigating the pipes, you will get into "The End" room which has five bouncing balls. Shoot if possible or avoid the balls and fly into the end. Be quick as the balls will return after a short amount of time.

Looping KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 2.74 (3 votes)

Fun Factor: 2.78

Overall Like 3.00
Fun (Social) 0.67
Fun (Solo) 4.00
Collector Desire 4.00

Technical Rating: 2.67

Gameplay 2.33
Graphics 2.33
Originality 3.33
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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Cheats, Tricks, Bugs, and Easter Eggs

Do not let too many hot-air balloons appear. Otherwise, the dreaded Red one will show up, making all of the other balloons move very quickly. Holding the speed button when diving or climbing will give you tighter turns. The longer you fly around in the pipes, the higher your score will get.

When you destroy the rockets, open the gate, finish flying through the plumbing and you will end up in the "blob" room. Here a green blob repeatedly drops from a pipe in the ceiling. If you adjust your airplane's attitude just so, you will be able to hold down the joystick, the Fast button and the Fire button, allowing your gun to destroy the blob each time you complete a loop 500 points each. This trick can be performed indefinitely -- or at least as long as you are able!

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Looping was licensed to Venture Line by Video Games U.K., Ltd., and to Video Games Gmbh in Germany.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Looping Census

There are 14,755 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,475 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,460 machines (6,896 unique titles).

Common - There are 34 known instances of this machine owned by Looping collectors who are active members. Of these, 27 of them are original dedicated machines. 7 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 Looping machines for sale.

Wanted - There are 3 active VAPS members currently looking for Looping. There is one active VAPS member looking for a Looping circuit board set.

This game ranks a 6 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]



Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 122; Color photo Price guide: No
  2. Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 122; Color photo

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