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Prop Cycle Prop Cycle - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Prop Cycle - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


You pilot a winged bicycle and try to earn points by popping the hot-air balloons you see ahead of you. You have to reach the minimum quota of points in order to advance.

Prop Cycle was produced by Namco in 1996.

Namco released 310 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1977. Namco was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Namco during the time period Prop Cycle was produced include: Dino Bonk, Super World Stadium '95, Tekken 2, Speed Racer, Soul Edge, Ace Driver Victory Lap, Alpine Surfer, Aqua Jet, Namco Classic Collection Volume 2, and Pocket Racer


Name Prop Cycle
Developer Namco (Japan)
Year 1996
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 9139
Class Wide Release
Genre Simulator
Conversion Class Namco System 22 - JAMMA+
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 1
Game Play Single
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Bicycle Handlebars - Left|Right|Ascend|Descend
  • Bicycle Pedals
Sound Amplified Stereo (two channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard

Game Introduction

Three mystic lands have risen into the sky. Take flight aboard a whimsical bicycle flying machine and challenge the three floating lands. Master the Art of Flying and become the Savior of Solitar.

Game Play

Within a certain time limit, you need to locate and pop (by flying through) the balloons scattered throughout each of the three stages. The balloons are typically placed in a formation that allows for efficient flight paths if you can figure them out. Most balloons are worth points, but some add time to the clock.

You can either try the Time Attack (where you try for maximum score on a single stage) or play the Story Mode (and try to make it through all three lands).

In Time Attack, you will be rated based on how many balloons you pop. If you clear a Time Attack, you will receive bonus points based on the time remaining. This is your key to high scores.

You receive less time in Story Mode and must learn the difficult flight paths that will lead you to the best balloons so you can pop them before time runs out. You must meet the quota to move on to the next land.

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Cabinet Information

This game comes in either the standard version with a monitor or the deluxe version with a projection TV. Both cabinets feature a fan to simulate that you are actually flying.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Prop Cycle Census

There are 14,908 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,530 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,187 machines (6,929 unique titles).

Uncommon - There are 14 known instances of this machine owned by Prop Cycle collectors who are active members. Of these, 11 of them are original dedicated machines. 3 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 4 active VAPS members with a Prop Cycle machines for sale. There is one active VAPS member with an extra Prop Cycle circuit board for sale.

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

This game ranks a 2 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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