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Pengo Pengo - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Pengo - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


You are a penguin in a maze of ice-blocks. Slide the blocks to squash the Sno-Bees chasing you or electrocute them by trapping them along a wall. Score 10,000 points for aligning three special diamond blocks. Bonus points are awarded for finishing a level quickly.

Pengo was produced by Sega in 1982.

Sega released 594 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1936. Sega was based in United States.

Other machines made by Sega during the time period Pengo was produced include: Turpin, Turbo, Star Laker, K.O. Punch, Borderline, 005, Ali Baba And 40 Thieves, Buck Rogers - Planet Of Zoom, Guttang Gottong, and Monster Bash


Name Pengo
Developer Sega (United States)
Year 1982
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 8989
Class Wide Release
Genre Labyrinth/Maze
Conversion Class unique
Game Specific Pengo Pinout
Dipswitch Settings

Pengo Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Joystick: 4-way (up, down, left, right)
  • Buttons: 1 - Push
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
  • Cocktail
Instructions Pengo Instructions Image

Game Play

Pressing the Push button slides ice blocks across the playfield, stopping only when they hit another ice block or the wall. Attempting to push an ice block in front of another will it crushes it. Sno-Bees hatch from flashing ice blocks, but they can be killed before they hatch by crushing the block.

Aligning the three diamond blocks along a wall scores 5,000 points while aligning them within the playfield scores 10,000. The game has animated intermissions featuring penguins doing things like dancing, imitating Space Invaders, and playing a cocktail arcade game. The game's music very catchy and you will never get it out of your head.

An extra life is awarded at 50000 pts.

Pengo KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.84 (10 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.72

Overall Like 4.33
Fun (Social) 2.70
Fun (Solo) 4.56
Collector Desire 3.30

Technical Rating: 4.31

Gameplay 4.11
Graphics 4.33
Originality 4.44
Sound/Music 4.33

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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Vector Pengo - Uses vector graphics.



The song that plays in the background is called Popcorn. The group that released it originally was called Hot Butter.


Pengo makes a cameo appearance in Up-n-Down. If you manage to pass the first four rounds in under a minute each, Pengo will appear in the water of round five riding a surfboard.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Pengo Census

There are 14,948 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,545 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,379 machines (6,938 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 239 known instances of this machine owned by Pengo collectors who are active members. Of these, 143 of them are original dedicated machines. 4 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 91 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 10 active VAPS members with a Pengo machines for sale. There are 3 active VAPS members with a Pengo circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - Popular - There are 12 active VAPS members currently looking for Pengo. There is one active VAPS member looking for a Pengo circuit board set.

This game ranks a 67 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 20 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: 132; Color photo Price guide: No
  2. Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 132; Color photo

Additional References (logged in members often see more)

  1. 3D Model (External): upright

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