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Sky Raider Sky Raider - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Sky Raider - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


Pilot an aircraft and destroy strategic targets as you fly over the enemy territory. The targets include oil fields, electrical towers, bridges and enemy aircraft, which look like commercial airliners. The object is to hit as many targets as possible within the time allowed.

Sky Raider was produced by Atari in 1978.

Atari released 136 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1972. Atari was based in United States.

Other machines made by Atari during the time period Sky Raider was produced include: Airborne Avenger, Catch, Destroyer, Boxing, Dominos, Orbit, Fire Truck, Skydiver, Avalanche, and Smokey Joe


Name Sky Raider
Developer Atari (United States)
Year 1978
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 9573
Class Wide Release
Genre Scrolling Shooter
  • Orientation: Horizontal
  • Type: Raster: Standard Resolution
  • Color: Black and White with a Color Overlay
  • A red overlay covers the entire trapazoid-shaped playfield. The monitor image is reflected through a half-silvered mirror.

Conversion Class Atari BW Raster
Dipswitch Settings

Sky Raider Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 1
Game Play Single
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Steering: X/Y-directional yoke with common thumb buttons - Fire
  • Buttons: 1 - Cone
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard

Game Play

The enemy does not fire at you. The steering controls the speed of your aircraft as well as the crosshairs you use to target the enemy. Rack as as many points as possible to get extended play. The game is timed. Each target is worth a different amount of points with the enemy plane worth the most due to the difficulty in destroying it since it is moving toward you and under your aircraft.

Sky Raider KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 0.00 (0 votes)

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Some of the Atari games made around 1977-1978 used similar cabinets and steering yoke, but steering movement, cabinet colors were different. Example would be Starship I. These cabinets were unique due to the entire marquee, plexiglass, speakers were all together on one huge plastic frame that connected on to the top of the game and also the control panel went in the middle of it towards the bottom, which fastened the frame to the bottom. Speakers are on each side, facing you and about neck level which made the sound great.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Sky Raider Census

There are 14,748 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,472 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,455 machines (6,894 unique titles).

Uncommon - There are 8 known instances of this machine owned by Sky Raider collectors who are active members. Of these, 7 of them are original dedicated machines. One is a set of circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There is one active VAPS member with a Sky Raider machine for sale.

Wanted - There is one active VAPS member currently looking for Sky Raider.

This game ranks a 3 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]



Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 63; Color photo Price guide: No
  2. Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 63; Color photo

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