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Out Zone Out Zone - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Out Zone - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


A seven level vertical scrolling game where players control soldiers who have to reach the end of each level where a boss awaits them. Along the way, players have to collect energy-pods to prevent losing lives. Different weapons may also be picked-up in addition to other power-ups and extra lives are also possible on the way to the final boss in level 7.

Out Zone was produced by Toaplan in 1990.

Toaplan released 31 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1986. Toaplan was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Toaplan during the time period Out Zone was produced include: Demon's World, Hellfire, Zero Wing, TwinHawk, Same! Same! Same!, Snow Bros., Vimana, Ghox, Teki Paki, and Pipi & Bibis


Name Out Zone
Developer Toaplan (Japan)
Year 1990
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 8940
Class Wide Release
Genre Scrolling Shooter
Conversion Class JAMMA
# Simultaneous Players 2
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Joint
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 2 - ShootBomb
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard

Game Introduction

Four different weapons may be picked-up during the game: the red fireballs, the green three-way shot, the Super Burner (a flamethrower) and the Super Ball (a fireball mace). There are also speed increase power-ups, bomb power-ups, and the very important energy power-up.

The game imposes a limit of ten bombs per player. However, every bomb picked up after ten is a 5000 point bonus. To add to the challenge, the player uses energy just by moving or standing still. The player must ensure that energy never runs out by picking up energy power-ups, or a life will be lost.

There are several places in the game where the player must avoid falling off the playfield. This becomes increasingly more difficult as the player collects speed power-ups and the playfield becomes narrower.

After level seven has been completed, the levels repeat, the game becomes faster, and the bosses either change their shot patterns or add extra shots to their existing shot patterns.

Game Play

When approaching a boss, take a look at the floor. You will see little marks like Boss 1, Boss 2 and so on. Make sure you have sufficient energy to fight a boss before crossing this marker.

Out Zone KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.68 (5 votes)

Fun Factor: 4.25

Overall Like 4.50
Fun (Social) 4.25
Fun (Solo) 4.00
Collector Desire 4.00

Technical Rating: 3.75

Gameplay 3.60
Graphics 4.50
Originality 4.50
Sound/Music 4.50

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

Usually the threeway shot is best. However, the Super Ball is the ultimate weapon. If the button is held down, the ball rotates around the player, destroying everything it hits. If the button is pressed and released, the ball circles the player once and then shoots forward.PWatch for icons of other Toaplan games as they suddenly appear as addon weapons The six blue biplanes from ISky SharkI and the ITruxtonI ship are just two of the many secrets available. Careful though, as they are eventually destroyed when hit by sufficient enemy fire.

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This game was licensed to Romstar for US manufacture and distribution.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Out Zone Census

There are 14,898 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).

Very Common - There are 78 known instances of this machine owned by Out Zone collectors who are active members. Of these, 2 of them are original dedicated machines. 3 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 73 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 Out Zone circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - No active members have added this machine to their wish list. There are 2 active VAPS members looking for Out Zone boards sets.

This game ranks a 21 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]



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