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Fly a ship through a trench and shoot waves of attacking enemies.

Space Encounters was produced by Midway Manufacturing Co. in 1980.

Midway Manufacturing Co. released 133 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1959. Midway Manufacturing Co. was based in United States.

Other machines made by Midway Manufacturing Co. during the time period Space Encounters was produced include: 18 Wheeler, Phantom II, Super Speed Race, Super Galaxians, Submarine, Space Zap, Bulls Eye Darts, Extra Bases, Space Invaders II, and Rally-X


Name Space Encounters
Developer Midway Manufacturing Co. (United States)
Year 1980
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 9649
Class Wide Release
Genre Space
Conversion Class Midway 8080
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Steering: X/Y-directional yoke with common thumb buttons - Fire
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
  • Cabaret/Mini
Bezel Space Encounters Bezel Image

Space Encounters KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.80 (1 vote)

Fun Factor: 3.60

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

Technical Rating: 4.00

Gameplay 4.00
Graphics 4.00
Originality 4.00
Sound/Music 4.00

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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Cabinet Information

The game has a yellow tinted gel over the screen with artwork behind. The full-size upright cabinet contains a strobe unit inside above the monitor that would flash at key points in the game for effect. The full-size game yoke is designed for two-handed control unlike the stick used on the cabaret version of the game.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Space Encounters Census

There are 14,836 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,506 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,889 machines (6,918 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 91 known instances of this machine owned by Space Encounters collectors who are active members. Of these, 88 of them are original dedicated machines. 3 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 5 active VAPS members with a Space Encounters machines for sale.

Wanted - There are 2 active VAPS members currently looking for Space Encounters.

This game ranks a 18 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. The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 82; Color photo Price guide: No
  2. Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 82; Color photo

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