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Major Havoc - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


You Major Havoc must search out enemy space stations: defeat their space defenses, dock with the mothership and then destroy each robot infested mothership by setting off the reactor.

Major Havoc was produced by Atari in 1983.

Atari released 137 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1972. Atari was based in United States.

Other machines made by Atari during the time period Major Havoc was produced include: Fast Freddie, Gravitar, Dig Dug, Black Widow, Akka Arrh, Alpha 1, Arabian, Cloak & Dagger, Cloud 9, and Crystal Castles


Name Major Havoc
Developer Atari (United States)
Year 1983
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 8601
Class Wide Release
Genre Platform
  • Orientation: Horizontal
  • Type: Vector
  • Color: Color
  • 19-inch Ampliphone

Conversion Class Atari Color Vector
Game Specific Major Havoc Pinout
Dipswitch Settings

Major Havoc Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Roller: Optical (left, right only)
  • Buttons: 2 - Jump/FireShield
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
  • Cabaret/Mini - custom built from centipede ca

Game Play

You are MAJOR HAVOC, leader of a brave band of clones. All from one, one from all, fighting for humanity ... Eons ago the evil Vaxxian Empire overran the galaxy. Most of your ancestors were enslaved and taken to the Vaxxian home world. Only a few scientists escaped. Today, the Empire has all but decayed. Yet, Vaxxian space stations, controlled and defended by robots, still patrol the galaxy. The small band of scientists cloned you, MAJOR HAVOC, to fly your Catastrofighter through a wormhole in space, to lead your clone army against the dreaded Vaxxian robots, and to free your people by destroying the enemy reactors.

Major Havoc KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.44 (11 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.37

Overall Like 3.27
Fun (Social) 2.78
Fun (Solo) 3.18
Collector Desire 4.60

Technical Rating: 3.50

Gameplay 3.82
Graphics 3.36
Originality 3.82
Sound/Music 3.00

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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Cabinet Information

This game was released as a dedicated machine and also as a conversion kit. A photo of the dedicated machine appears at the top of the page. Later Atari games like I, Robot, Return Of The Jedi and Firefox all borrowed from this unique design. The dedicated control panel uses a left/right roller basically an X-axis-only trackball for player movement.

The kit for Major Havoc was released for either the Gravitar/Black Widow/Space Duel-style cabinets see photo on the right or for Tempest. These conversions all use a rotary spinner to control the player character.


VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Major Havoc Census

There are 14,896 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,528 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,131 machines (6,927 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 209 known instances of this machine owned by Major Havoc collectors who are active members. Of these, 90 of them are original dedicated machines. 96 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 23 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 Major Havoc machine for sale. There are 2 active VAPS members with a Major Havoc circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - Very Popular - There are 33 active VAPS members currently looking for Major Havoc. There is one active VAPS member looking for a Major Havoc circuit board set.

This game ranks a 59 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 52 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: 157; Color photo Price guide: No
  2. Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 157; Color photo

Additional References (logged in members often see more)

  1. 3D Model (External): Conversion
  2. 3D Model (External): Upright

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ATARI MAJOR HAVOC to Tempest Conversion Adapter BOARD PCB ARCADE

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