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MagMax MagMax - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

MagMax - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


A horizontally scrolling right to left shoot-em-up. The game has big bosses at end of levels and play can take place above or below ground. The player ship can be powered-up by collecting robot parts legs, torso, and big gun to turn ship into striding robot.

MagMax was produced by Nichibutsu in 1985.

Nichibutsu released 93 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1979. Nichibutsu was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Nichibutsu during the time period MagMax was produced include: Tube Panic, Jangou Lady, Roller Jammer, SF-X, Rug Rats, Pastel Gal, Ninja Emaki, Cop 01, Dangar Ufo Robo, and Crystal Gal Mahjong


Name MagMax
Developer Nichibutsu (Japan)
Year 1985
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 8490
Class Wide Release
Genre Shooter
Conversion Class Nichibutsu
Game Specific MagMax Pinout
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Side Art MagMax Side Art Image

Game Introduction

Above ground play uses a 2.5-D perspective.

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

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VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op MagMax Census

There are 14,896 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,529 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,153 machines (6,928 unique titles).

Common - There are 25 known instances of this machine owned by MagMax collectors who are active members. Of these, It is an original dedicated machine. 4 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 20 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 an extra MagMax circuit board for sale.

Wanted - No active members have added this machine to their wish list. There is one active VAPS member looking for a MagMax circuit board set.

This game ranks a 12 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

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