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Rescue Rescue - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Rescue - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


Rescue the parachuting soldiers that have fallen into the sea and transfer them to an island for safety. Avoid the enemy helicopters, ships and submarines that try to shoot you down.

Rescue 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 Rescue was produced include: Freefall, Armored Car, Split Second, Iron Maiden, Lightning, Dark Planet, Cue, Dragonfist, Hypnox, and Frenzy


Name Rescue
Developer Stern Electronics (United States)
Year 1982
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 9299
Class Wide Release
Genre Shooter
Conversion Class Konami Classic
Game Specific Rescue Pinout
Dipswitch Settings

Rescue Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Joystick: 8-way - Move
  • Joystick: 8-way - Fire
  • Buttons: 1 - Bomb
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard

Game Introduction

You are the pilot of a helicopter flying over dangerous waters. Your mission is to rescue a varying number of paratroopers from the water below and you must do this before they are eaten by sharks. Beware of enemy submarines, ships and helicopters. You must avoid or destroy them.

After have have rescued a certain number of paratroopers, you must let them off safely on an island.

The game uses multi-level parallax scrolling to give the illusion of depth. The game may have even been the inspiration for Choplifter.

Game Play

The game serves up the action via dual joystick controls. At the left, an eight-directional joystick controls the flight of your helicopter while a complementary joystick on the right gives you eight-directional firepower to use against your approaching enemies. There is also a Bomb button just to the left of the right joystick that is used to drop bombs onto your enemies.

Rescue the men and bring them to the island. Rescuing the soldiers under fire awards bonus points. Unload the men by landing on the island.

Shooting enemies awards points: helicopter, 250 shark, 75 submarine, 125 ship, 180. Each man that safely arrives on an island is worth 500 points.

Rescue KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 4.15 (1 vote)

Fun Factor: 4.80

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

Technical Rating: 3.50

Gameplay 4.00
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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This game was designed and programmed by Chris Oberth.


The game is a conversion of the standard Scramble/Super Cobra boardset. There is a small sub-board added as well as several wire jumpers on the bottom board.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Rescue Census

There are 14,755 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,475 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,460 machines (6,896 unique titles).

Common - There are 22 known instances of this machine owned by Rescue collectors who are active members. Of these, 14 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. 7 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 Rescue machine for sale. There is one active VAPS member with an extra Rescue circuit board for sale.

Wanted - There are 2 active VAPS members currently looking for Rescue.

This game ranks a 8 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 3 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]



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  1. 3D Model (External): Upright

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