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A maze game where you fly a biplane and attempt to rescue caged animals from gorillas.

Sky Skipper was produced by Nintendo in 1982.

Nintendo released 107 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1970. Nintendo was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Nintendo during the time period Sky Skipper was produced include: Donkey Kong, Space Fever (Black & White), Vs. UniSystem, Sheriff, Heli Fire, Popeye, Donkey Kong Junior, Mario Bros. (PlayChoice), Mario Bros., and Donkey Kong 3


Name Sky Skipper
Developer Nintendo (Japan)
Year 1982
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 9575
Class Wide Release
Genre Labyrinth/Maze
Conversion Class unique
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 1 - Bomb
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
PCB Sky Skipper PCB Image

Game Play

The object is to rescue an assortment of animals that have been caged by mischievous gorillas. You must pilot your biplane through a scrolling maze and rescue those animals by first dropping a bomb on a gorilla that momentarily knocks him out on his duff which in turn opens the cages. During his brief period of incapacitation you must fly your plane low enough without touching any part of the maze and graze the released animals thus effecting their rescue. You must move quickly since the gorilla will eventually leap back on his feet at which time the cages are locked.

There are four cell blocks and two gorillas per maze. Each gorilla can open two sets of cages. You can lose a plane by bumping into the walls of the maze, into a gorilla, or into one of a trio of clouds that float across the maze in the game's higher skill levels. Since running out of fuel will also cost you a life, you have to keep an eye on your fuel guage, located at the bottom of the screen. The only way to replenish your tanks is to pick up one of each kind of animal: one duck, one rabbit one cat and one turtle. Complete the first maze and you go on to the second maze that is slightly more complex. Complete the second maze and you return to the first maze at a higher level of difficulty and so on. The game is over when you lose all four biplanes that you get at the beginning of the game.

Skillful and cautious flying are the key to success in the game. Do not move too quickly even if it means you will miss out before the gorilla rights himself. Instead, just go back and bomb him again. You will fly faster to your destination if you point your plane vertically, but in trying to level off you will invariably crash before rescuing. Your best bet is to glide in a horizontal position when rescuing, thus avoiding the dangerous manuever of righting yourself when you reach the animals.

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VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Sky Skipper 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 7 known instances of this machine owned by Sky Skipper collectors who are active members. Of these, 2 of them are original dedicated machines. 5 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 an extra Sky Skipper circuit board for sale.

Wanted - There are 2 active VAPS members currently looking for Sky Skipper. There is one active VAPS member looking for a Sky Skipper circuit board set.

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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