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Move your character, a policeman, through the streets firing on escaped convicts.

Manhattan 24 Bunsho was produced by Konami in 1986.

Konami released 434 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1978. Konami was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Konami during the time period Manhattan 24 Bunsho was produced include: Ping Pong, Scooter Shooter, Yie Ar Kung-Fu, Twin Bee, Shao-lin's Road, Bass Angler, Castlevania, Double Dribble, Goonies, The, and Gradius (PlayChoice)


Name Manhattan 24 Bunsho
Developer Konami (Japan)
Year 1986
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 8613
Class Wide Release
Genre Scrolling Shooter
Conversion Class unique
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 2 - Fire|Change Weapon
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard

Game Introduction

The game intro shows that convicts have taken over the prison and many have escaped. Your job, as a policeman, is to kill the escapees. Your view is slightly up and at an angle from the side -- very similar to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or The Simpsons.

The scenes move from right to left and are basic city scenes. First, there are downtown streets, then the park, then a bridge, etc.

You can obtain different weapons: pistol, riot rifle, tear gas gun and maybe more. The Weapon Select button cycles through your weapons via a display at the bottom of the screen. When the desired weapon is higlighted, press the Fire button to shoot it. Hostages will randomly run across the screen. Grab them for extra weapons, but if you shoot them, you'll lose weapons.

Manhattan 24 Bunsho KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 0.00 (0 votes)

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Cheats, Tricks, Bugs, and Easter Eggs

Easter Egg: From the beginning of the game, rescue four hostages in a row. You have to do this to get the tear gas gun. Shortly after getting the fourth hostage, there will be a convict shooting down at you from a building. He is the first window shooter in the game. Gas him to get an interesting peep-show!

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The rumors stating that the game has an ending and that there is brief female frontal nudity during the final ceremony appear to be disproven by the following update:

Level five takes place inside the prison. At the end of the level, the wardon is strapped to a chair and guarded by several prisoners. If the warden is hit with even one shot, the game is over no matter how many lives are left. I do not the remember if there was a sequence after this, but perhaps the list of the makers of the game is displayed. After level five, the game begins again at a more difficult level. If all five levels are completed 20 times (level 100), the difficulty is reset to that of level one.

It is not known if it is possible to kill the bikers that appear if you stay in the same spot for too long.


Japanese version of Jail Break.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Manhattan 24 Bunsho Census

There are 14,845 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,508 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,944 machines (6,921 unique titles).

Rare - There are 2 known instances of this machine owned by Manhattan 24 Bunsho collectors who are active members. Of these, 2 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

Wanted - No active members have added this machine to their wish list.

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This game is quite advanced for it's time. It offers good multi-sprite movement and decent (frustrating) artificial intelligence. It also has a host of semi-understandable speech phrases such as "Help me!", "Save the hostages.", "The warden has been taken hostage."

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