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Defend a space fortress against alien attackers in this three scenario game. Blast the bad guys and avoid tractors beams. One of the earliest games to feature speech.

Space Fortress was produced by Century Electronics in 1981.

Century Electronics released 19 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1980. Century Electronics was based in United States.

Other machines made by Century Electronics during the time period Space Fortress was produced include: El Grande, Star Fighter, Moon Crest, Cosmos, Dark Warrior, Video 8 Ball (Eight Ball), Dazzler, and Delete

Space Fortress
Space Fortress


Name Space Fortress
Developer Century Electronics (United States)
Year 1981
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 9657
Class Wide Release
Genre Space
Conversion Class Konami Classic
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Joystick: 2-way (left, right)
  • Buttons: 2 - ThrustFire
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard

Game Introduction

"You are defender of space fortress 13!", the game announces to you, as play commences. The game features three scenarios. The first stage is reminiscent of asteroids -- you can rotate left and right, fire and thrust -- where the objective is to shoot the aliens (sort of flashing balls). Death takes you to the second section, where you must defend the fortress in the center of the screen. Alien ships (the same flashing balls as before) attempt to crash into it. Watch out for aliens with a tractor beam which suck you towards destruction. In section three, you can only move left and right shooting from the bottom of the screen -- reminiscent of space invaders -- while aliens dive towards the ground. Interesting to play just for novelty value.

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Not to be confused with the Zaccaria game Space Fortress which is an Italian clone of Star Castle.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Space Fortress Census

There are 14,911 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,532 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,197 machines (6,929 unique titles).

Very rare - There are no known instances of this game owned by one of our active members.

Wanted - No active members have added this machine to their wish list.

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Graphics are very simple and very small. The game does have good speech and features both male and female voices. When you power the game up, the board announces Game system operational, but terrible sound -- just 'pings'. The board set is full of cryptically numbered 40-pin custom ICs.


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