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Roc'n Rope Roc'n Rope - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Roc'n Rope - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


You play an archeologist whose mission is to return the missing feathers to the golden Phoenix. Use your harpoon-gun to fire a rope to higher platforms and then climb up. Use your flashlight to dazzle stun the attacking dinosaurs and cavemen.

Roc'n Rope was produced by Konami in 1983.

Konami released 434 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1978. Konami was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Konami during the time period Roc'n Rope was produced include: Jackler, Video Hustler, Tactician, Super Cobra, Scramble, Gyruss, Hyper Olympic, Juno First, Mega Zone, and Track & Field


Name Roc'n Rope
Developer Konami (Japan)
Year 1983
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 9348
Class Wide Release
Genre Platform
Conversion Class Konami Classic
Game Specific Roc'n Rope Pinout
Dipswitch Settings

Roc'n Rope Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 2 - HarpoonFlash Light
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
PCB Roc'n Rope PCB Image

Game Introduction

Use the harpoon which shoots out a rope at an angle and attaches to higher platforms. Climb along the rope to move up the screen, climb down vines on some platforms to move down.

Avoid dinosaurs and cavemen who can also climb along rope causing it to shake and you to fall off if both moving. Use flash light to dazzle enemies for a limited time.

Reach the Phoenix at the top of the screen to advance.

Game Play

You receive bonus points for collecting the two tail feathers dropped by the Phoenix. Collect the golden egg for the ability to kill enemies by walking into them for a short period of time. Only one rope can be used on the screen at at time so if you shoot again while another enemy is climbing the current rope, they will fall and die.

Roc'n Rope KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 4.05 (2 votes)

Fun Factor: 4.25

Overall Like 4.50
Fun (Social) 2.00
Fun (Solo) 4.00
Collector Desire 4.50

Technical Rating: 3.83

Gameplay 3.50
Graphics 4.00
Originality 4.50
Sound/Music 2.00

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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VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Roc'n Rope Census

There are 14,842 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,508 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,933 machines (6,921 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 68 known instances of this machine owned by Roc'n Rope collectors who are active members. Of these, 4 of them are original dedicated machines. 9 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 55 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 Roc'n Rope machine for sale. There are 4 active VAPS members with a Roc'n Rope circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - There are 2 active VAPS members currently looking for Roc'n Rope.

This game ranks a 22 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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