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P.O.W. - Prisoners Of War P.O.W. - Prisoners Of War - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

P.O.W. - Prisoners Of War - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


Fight your way out of a P.O.W. camp, picking up weapons along the way. A variety of enemies, including end bosses, stand in your way. One of SNK's many war-inspired games.

P.O.W. - Prisoners Of War was produced by SNK in 1988.

SNK released 183 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1978. SNK was based in Japan.

Other machines made by SNK during the time period P.O.W. - Prisoners Of War was produced include: Guerrilla War, Guevara, Touchdown Fever, Battle Field, Bermuda Triangle, Mechanized Attack, Gold Medalist, Fighting Soccer, Koukuu Kihei Monogatari - The Legend Of Air Cavalry, and Chopper I


Name P.O.W. - Prisoners Of War
Developer SNK (Japan)
Year 1988
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 8951
Class Wide Release
Genre Scrolling Fighter
Conversion Class JAMMA
Dipswitch Settings

P.O.W. - Prisoners Of War Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 2
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Joint
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 3 - PunchKickJump
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Side Art P.O.W. - Prisoners Of War Side Art Image
PCB P.O.W. - Prisoners Of War PCB Image

Game Introduction

Two commandos known as Snake and Bart must escape from a P.O.W camp in order to take out the enemy's general.

Game Play

Once an enemy carrying a knife or gun has been beaten up, the opponent will drop his weapon, allowing you to pick it up. When you knock a guy off of his motorcycle, get away from it since it will blow up.

P.O.W. - Prisoners Of War KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.39 (2 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.40

Overall Like 4.00
Fun (Social) 3.00
Fun (Solo) 3.50
Collector Desire 2.50

Technical Rating: 3.38

Gameplay 3.50
Graphics 4.00
Originality 3.00
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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Cheats, Tricks, Bugs, and Easter Eggs

When you have a machine gun and you're about to run out of ammo, let an enemy hit you and make you drop the gun. Let him pick it up. Hit him until he drops it. Pick it back up, and the ammunition will be refilled.



This game is known as Datsugoku in Japan.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op P.O.W. - Prisoners Of War Census

There are 14,911 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,532 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,200 machines (6,928 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 150 known instances of this machine owned by P.O.W. - Prisoners Of War collectors who are active members. Of these, 36 of them are original dedicated machines. 9 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 104 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 5 active VAPS members with a P.O.W. - Prisoners Of War machines for sale. There are 6 active VAPS members with a P.O.W. - Prisoners Of War circuit boards for sale.

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

This game ranks a 43 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]



Additional References (logged in members often see more)

  1. 3D Model (External): upright

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P.O.W. : Prisoners of War Arcade PCB by SNK

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