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Red Alert Red Alert - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Red Alert - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


Defend six cities against attacking enemies. Assault waves consist of planes, helicopters, night bombers, and MIRV bombs.

Red Alert was produced by Irem in 1981.

Irem released 89 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1978. Irem was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Irem during the time period Red Alert was produced include: Gingateikoku No Gyakushuu, Sky Chuter, UniWar S, Capsule Invader, PT Reach Mahjong, Andromeda, Demoneye-X, Panther, Moon Patrol, and Tropical Angel


Name Red Alert
Developer Irem (Japan)
Year 1981
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 9288
Class Wide Release
Genre Shooter
Conversion Class unique
Game Specific Red Alert Pinout
Dipswitch Settings

Red Alert Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Buttons: Rotational (left, right)
  • Buttons: 1 - Fire
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Side Art Red Alert Side Art Image

Game Play

Similar to Space Invaders in that attack waves move back and forth across the screen, getting faster in successive waves. However, the graphics and storyline are more advanced.

The objective is to defend six cities from an unnamed enemy's attacks. The assaults consist of waves of planes, helicopters, night bombers, and MIRV bombs. Night missions are illuminated only by two spotlights, which the enemy can destroy.

Each wave is also a fight against the clock - fail to win in time and a MIRV bomb will be launched. Nearly everybody who has played this game seems to remember the cityscape backgrounds and the night missions.

Red Alert KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 4.65 (2 votes)

Fun Factor: 4.80

Overall Like 5.00
Fun (Social) 5.00
Fun (Solo) 5.00
Collector Desire 4.00

Technical Rating: 4.50

Gameplay 5.00
Graphics 4.00
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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VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Red Alert Census

There are 14,820 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,502 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,875 machines (6,918 unique titles).

Common - There are 22 known instances of this machine owned by Red Alert collectors who are active members. Of these, 17 of them are original dedicated machines. 5 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 Red Alert machine for sale.

Wanted - There is one active VAPS member currently looking for Red Alert.

This game ranks a 7 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 2 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]



The game uses a 6502 as the main CPU. There are no dedicated graphics ROMs since it uses an uncommon technique that assembles all the graphics into RAM.


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  1. 3D Model (External): Upright

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