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Two pirates battle against a variety of enemies while picking up treasures in a quest to find and kill The Evil Wizard.

Skull & Crossbones was produced by Atari Games in 1989.

Atari Games released 88 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1984. Atari Games was based in United States.

Other machines made by Atari Games during the time period Skull & Crossbones was produced include: Tetris, Vindicators, Assault, Pot Shot, Toobin', Escape From The Planet Of The Robot Monsters, Hard Drivin', Cyberball 2072, Badlands, and KLAX


Name Skull & Crossbones
Developer Atari Games (United States)
Year 1989
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 9561
Class Wide Release
Genre Scrolling Fighter
Conversion Class JAMMA
# Simultaneous Players 2
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Joint
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 2 - Direction Left/Right|Sword
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Control Panel Skull & Crossbones Control Panel Image

Game Introduction

Players choose one of the two pirate characters: One-Eye or Red Dog. An Evil Wizard has stolen all of the pirates' booty and One-Eye and Red Dog must find the wizard and kill him. The pirates use swords to fight against the enemies. During the quest, each player character can collect gold dubloons, pieces of eight, gems and other treasures. For extra health, they can pick up food and drinks such as fruit, meat and rum. On some stages, the pirates must rescue imprisoned wenches.

Stage settings include enemy pirate ships, island grounds, fortresses and caves. Attackers include enemy pirates, foot soldiers and ninjas. Boss enemies include an enemy pirate captain, an axeman, Medusa and, of course, the Evil Wizard himself. The game ends when the wizard is killed on the final stage and the pirates have reclaimed their entire cache of treasure.

Skull & Crossbones KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 4.83 (2 votes)

Fun Factor: 4.90

Overall Like 5.00
Fun (Social) 5.00
Fun (Solo) 5.00
Collector Desire 4.50

Technical Rating: 4.75

Gameplay 4.50
Graphics 5.00
Originality 5.00
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 Skull & Crossbones 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).

Common - There are 38 known instances of this machine owned by Skull & Crossbones collectors who are active members. Of these, 8 of them are original dedicated machines. 4 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 26 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 Skull & Crossbones machine for sale. There is one active VAPS member with an extra Skull & Crossbones circuit board for sale.

Wanted - There is one active VAPS member currently looking for Skull & Crossbones.

This game ranks a 9 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]



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  1. 3D Model (External): Upright

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