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Armed with a bow and arrows and slabs of meat, mama pig must defend/save her piglets from the wolves ballooning up or down the cliff. Move up and down, shoot the balloons, watch the wolves plummet and splat. There are various bonus rounds.

Pooyan was produced by Stern Electronics in 1982.

Stern Electronics released 67 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1977. Stern Electronics was based in United States.

Other machines made by Stern Electronics during the time period Pooyan was produced include: Freefall, Armored Car, Split Second, Iron Maiden, Lightning, Dark Planet, Cue, Dragonfist, Hypnox, and Frenzy


Name Pooyan
Developer Stern Electronics (United States)
Year 1982
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 9082
Class Wide Release
Genre Shooter
Conversion Class Konami Classic
Game Specific Pooyan Pinout
Dipswitch Settings

Pooyan Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

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

Game Introduction

The story revolves around a family of little pink piglets who have been attacked and/or captured by a monstrous pack of hungry wolves. The mama pig, who was not attacked or captured attempts to save and/or protect her chubby little family. Armed with a bow and arrows and slabs of meat, she jumps into a cage that moves up and down on a rope. Meanwhile, the wolves use helium balloons to float down from a tree limb while throwing rocks at Mama. Mrs. Pig tries to shoot their balloons with her arrows so the wolves will fall to their deaths or she hurls slabs of meat at them to make them let go. If she misses, the wolves will safely reach the ground and climb a ladder to try to bite her.

Also, if any of the wolves reach the ground, more piglets will be captured by them. So Mrs.Pig must try to kill as many wolves as possible without letting them reach the ground.

On the second level, the wolves use balloons to float to the top of a high cliff. If enough of them reach the cliff, they will push a huge boulder down onto Mama's cage. After this level has been completed, the piglets who have been captured are rescued and the game starts over with increased difficulty.

There is also a bonus round where Mrs. Pig will attempt to eliminate as many wolves on ascending ballons as possible by throwing as few slabs of meat as possible for a maximum bonus score.

Pooyan KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.24 (4 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.28

Overall Like 3.50
Fun (Social) 1.75
Fun (Solo) 3.50
Collector Desire 3.25

Technical Rating: 3.21

Gameplay 3.25
Graphics 3.00
Originality 3.50
Sound/Music 2.25

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 is based on the story of "The Three Little Pigs".

Pooyan was supposedly made with the intention of putting it in Chuck E Cheese's locations perhaps it was even commissioned by CEC's?.

The name "Pooyan" means "little pigs" in Japanese.



There was also a version released directly by Konami.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Pooyan Census

There are 14,848 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,512 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,983 machines (6,922 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 63 known instances of this machine owned by Pooyan collectors who are active members. Of these, 33 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. 29 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There is one active VAPS member with a Pooyan machine for sale. There is one active VAPS member with an extra Pooyan circuit board for sale.

Wanted - There are 8 active VAPS members currently looking for Pooyan.

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.

This game ranks a 12 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: 144; Color photo Price guide: No
  2. Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 144; Color photo

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  1. 3D Model (External): upright

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