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Using a trigger joystick you must move your fire-base left and right while shooting bird-like creatures flying at you. Use the segments dropped by the birds to build a bridge across the pit on the right side of the screen to escape and fight Satan. The game features "Flight of the Valkyries" theme music.

Satan's Hollow was produced by Bally Midway in 1982.

Bally Midway released 96 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1980. Bally Midway was based in United States.

Other machines made by Bally Midway during the time period Satan's Hollow was produced include: Lazarian, Solar Fox, Wizard Of Wor, Adventures of Robby Roto, The, Crossroads, Bump 'n Jump, Blue Print, Baby Pac-Man, BurgerTime, and Earth Friend


Name Satan's Hollow
Developer Bally Midway (United States)
Year 1982
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 9436
Class Wide Release
Genre Shooter
Conversion Class Midway MCR II
Game Specific Satan's Hollow Pinout
Dipswitch Settings

Satan's Hollow Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player Ambidextrous
  • Joystick: 2-way (left, right) with trigger - Fire
  • Buttons: 1 - Shield
Sound Unamplified Stereo (requires two-channel amp)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
  • Cabaret/Mini
  • Cocktail
Instructions Satan's Hollow Instructions Image
Bezel Satan's Hollow Bezel Image
Control Panel Satan's Hollow Control Panel Image
Side Art Satan's Hollow Side Art Image
PCB Satan's Hollow PCB Image

Game Introduction

The game begins at the base of the mountain pass leading to Satan's Hollow. Players control a combination cannon-bridge-builder, which moves horizontally across the bottom of the screen by means of a Tron-like joystick. The object of the first screen is to build a bridge across the fiery river leading through to Satan's Hollow, to do battle with Satan himself. Your ultimate foe will not let you through without a fight so he has sent out formations of demonic gargoyles to bar the way.

The gargoyles fly back and forth across the screen in tight formations.

When you are in really tight situations, press the Shield button to activate a protective aura around the cannon, but it has use of a limited duration.

Every time a gargoyle is killed, an angry squawk is sounded off and a bridge segment will appear at the bottom left side of the screen. To pick one up move the cannon over it and it will automatically latch on to it. If it is successfully towed to the far right side of the screen, it forms a segment of the bridge under construction. Although each time a gargoyle is destroyed a segment can appear, it only does so if the previous segment has already been positioned on the bridge.

If all gargoyles in the formation are killed, Lucifer, Old Nick or Beelzebub will appear circling above the ground while breathing enormous streams of fire at the cannon. Although the shield protects the cannon against collision and projectiles, it gives very little protection against the huge streams of fire breathed by Lucifer, Old Nick or Beelzebub.

When the bridge has been finished, the cannon can cross over the river of fire to Satan's Hollow on the other side of the mountain where the player finally has a chance to do battle with Satan, who will hurl deadly tridents at the cannon. After the player has destroyed Satan, a bonus is awarded and the game begins again with increased difficulty.

Game Play

During most of the game, you battle green gargoyles and build a bridge over a river of fire, which you then attempt to cross over. The gargoyles will dive at you and attack with fireballs and explosive eggs. When you shoot a gargoyle, a piece of bridge will appear. Grab it and carry it to the river of fire to slowly build your bridge. Watch out, as the occasional gargoyle will try to capture one of your spare cannons! Shoot it before it gets away to win the cannon back.

As you defeat waves of enemies, flags will be placed on the castle. They will come into play when you face Satan.

Sometimes, after you destroy all the gargoyles, you will be confronted by either Lucifer, Old Nick or Beelzebub and each of them will breathe streams of fire at you.

After you have completed the bridge and crossed over it, you will be face to face Satan who will throw deadly tridents at you which your shield cannot block. After you have defeated Satan, you will get a bonus score based on the flags on the castle, and the game will begin again with increased difficulty.

Satan's Hollow KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.73 (10 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.81

Overall Like 4.44
Fun (Social) 2.60
Fun (Solo) 3.90
Collector Desire 3.80

Technical Rating: 3.70

Gameplay 4.00
Graphics 3.67
Originality 4.38
Sound/Music 3.50

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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Some wiring harnesses are labeled "Satan's Master" and others have "Satan's Power" on the tag. These may have been pre-production titles for the game. It has also been said that they may simply indicate two different types of harnesses used for this game.

Midway had a mail-in offer to purchase a T-shirt of Satan's Hollow back in 1982.

There was an advertisement for this game which had a rather interesting description of it. The upper part of the ad said: "The hot new battle game that dares you to cross the blazing Bridge of Fire to do battle with the Master of Darkness -- Satan of the Hollow!". The lower right-hand part of the ad said: "The Dark Scrolls warn of the perils of Satan's hollow. He, the Prince of Darkness, reigns over an infernal underworld so abhorrent, the grotesque gargoyles who safeguard his lair cower at his clovenhoofed approach. 'Tis he who rules surpremely his domain, by twisted swirls of flame and obediant creatures so wretched, no mortal dareth traverse the Bridge of Death crossing the River of Fire. Beware him. He is darkness, he is the omnipotent demon Lucifer, he is SATAN OF THE HOLLOW."

Cabinet Information

The game was released in upright, cabaret, and cocktail table-style cabinets.


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VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Satan's Hollow Census

There are 14,906 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 165,180 machines (6,929 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 179 known instances of this machine owned by Satan's Hollow collectors who are active members. Of these, 160 of them are original dedicated machines. 18 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 6 active VAPS members with a Satan's Hollow machines for sale.

Wanted - Popular - There are 23 active VAPS members currently looking for Satan's Hollow.

This game ranks a 44 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 38 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

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Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 126; Color photo Price guide: No
  2. Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 126; Color photo

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  1. 3D Model (External): Upright

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This game is available at the following public arcades, bars or museums:

Name Location State Country Details Check-ins
Upstate Pinball & Arcade Museum 109A West Trade St, Simpsonville South Carolina United States Arcade (Classic Videogame)
Children: Allowed
Focus: Classic Games
Food: No
Alcohol: No
Payment Method: Admission Charge

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