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Missile Command Missile Command - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Missile Command - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


Using three atomic missile launching bases you defend your cities against incoming missiles. Enemy missiles may seperate into several missiles so shoot them down early because you only have a limited number of missiles.

Missile Command was produced by Atari in 1980.

Atari released 136 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 Missile Command was produced include: Atari Soccer, Hercules, Superman, Atari Baseball, Asteroids, Red Baron, Monte Carlo, Centipede, Asteroids Deluxe, and Battlezone


Name Missile Command
Developer Atari (United States)
Year 1980
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 8715
Class Wide Release
Genre Shooter
Development Team
Conversion Class unique
Game Specific Missile Command Pinout
Dipswitch Settings

Missile Command Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Buttons: 3 - Fire LeftFire MiddleFire Right
  • Trackball: Optical
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
  • Cocktail
  • Cabaret/Mini - Height adjustable to 27 7/8"
  • Environmental/Cockpit
Control Panel Missile Command Control Panel Image
Side Art Missile Command Side Art Image
PCB Missile Command PCB Image

Missile Command KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 4.33 (26 votes)

Fun Factor: 4.37

Overall Like 4.58
Fun (Social) 3.96
Fun (Solo) 4.27
Collector Desire 4.31

Technical Rating: 4.29

Gameplay 4.58
Graphics 3.96
Originality 4.73
Sound/Music 3.88

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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This game was also licensed to Sega for release in certain European countries. This game was included in the Arcade's Greatest Hits Collection, which also includes Super Breakout, Centipede, Tempest, Asteroids, and Battlezone.

Cabinet Information

The game was released as a table model, a standard up-right cabinet, a cabaret-style mini cabinet and even a giant sit-down cockpit cabinet.


A conversion kit by GCC Technologies called Super Missile Attack was made to convert this game.


SPINOFF: Super Missile Attack
BOOTLEG: Missile Defend
MOVIE APPEARANCES: "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" 1991, "Fast Times At Ridgemont High" ending credits

Missile Command is available on the iPad and iPhone via Atari's Greatest Hits application.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Missile Command Census

There are 14,748 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,472 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,455 machines (6,894 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 613 known instances of this machine owned by Missile Command collectors who are active members. Of these, 567 of them are original dedicated machines. One is a conversion in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 44 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 20 active VAPS members with a Missile Command machines for sale. There are 6 active VAPS members with a Missile Command circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - Very Popular - There are 45 active VAPS members currently looking for Missile Command. There is one active VAPS member looking for a Missile Command circuit board set.

This game ranks a 89 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 53 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]



The game uses a 6502 microprocessor and one Atari Pokey sound chip.


  1. Missile Command
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Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 87; Color photo Price guide: No
  2. Arcade Fever Sellers (ISBN 0762409371) Page: 54; Color photo
  3. Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 87; Color photo

Additional References (logged in members often see more)

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

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This game is available at the following public arcades, bars or museums:

Name Location State Country Details Check-ins
The Very Best Arcade (The Very Best Weiner Shop) 252 E High St, Pottstown Pennsylvania United States Arcade (Classic Videogame)
Status: Verified

Children: Allowed
Focus: Classic Games
Food: Yes
Alcohol: No
Payment Method: Coins

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Atari Missile Command Control Panel with Overlay (CPO) Installed

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Auctions Recap

Year Count Median $ Average $
2015 1 690.00 690.00
2016 1 402.50 402.50
2017 2 531.00 531.00
2018 1 118.00 118.00
All Years 5 402.50 454.50


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