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Speed Freak Speed Freak - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Speed Freak - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


The gameplay is timed and consists of controlling a car along a desolate road, avoiding oncoming traffic and police roadblocks and passing by cacti, cows, and hitchhikers. There are two different crash scenes, one with automotive parts flying (axle, wheel, etc.) and one with a simple cracking of the windsheild.

Speed Freak was produced by Vectorbeam in 1978.

Vectorbeam released 5 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1977. Vectorbeam was based in United States.

Other machines made by Vectorbeam during the time period Speed Freak was produced include: Space War, Barrier, Scramble, and Warrior


Name Speed Freak
Developer Vectorbeam (United States)
Year 1978
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 9707
Class Wide Release
Genre Racing
  • Orientation: Horizontal
  • Type: Vector
  • Color: Black and White
Conversion Class unique
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 1
Game Play Single
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Steering: Wheel
  • Shifter: 4-position (1/2/3/4)
  • Pedals: 1
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard

Game Introduction

This driving game is very intense. Your perspective is somewhat overhead and behind the hood of the car. A very fast game. In fourth gear you are moving extremely fast and control is difficult, making for exciting and hectic manuevers. The oncoming traffic is always the same car composed of 3-dimensional "wireframe" vector graphics -- very impressive and ahead of their time -- similar to the enemy tanks in Battlezone. The stationary objects are not as impressive and usually crudely rendered.

Game Play

A first-time player usually crashes twice in the first ten seconds of gameplay. The player is allowed unlimited crashes and plays until time runs out. Points are awarded for successfully passing objects and continuously driving without crashing.

Speed Freak KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 1.74 (2 votes)

Fun Factor: 1.83

Overall Like 1.50
Fun (Social) 0.00
Fun (Solo) 1.50
Collector Desire 3.50

Technical Rating: 1.71

Gameplay 2.00
Graphics 3.00
Originality 1.00
Sound/Music 1.00

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 sideart consists of one sticker on each side, displaying the name of the game on one side of a road and a speeding red car, from a topdown perspective, on the other side. The marquee is metal and opaque, displaying the name in the same lettering as the side with no bulb fixture or lighting of any kind behind it. The monitor bezel does not contain any artwork. The control panel is black except for a yellow and red stripe curving around the wheel and shifter.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Speed Freak Census

There are 14,954 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,548 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,359 machines (6,938 unique titles).

Common - There are 30 known instances of this machine owned by Speed Freak collectors who are active members. Of these, 26 of them are original dedicated machines. 4 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 Speed Freak machine for sale. There is one active VAPS member with an extra Speed Freak circuit board for sale.

Wanted - There are 3 active VAPS members currently looking for Speed Freak.

This game ranks a 7 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.

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Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 69; Color photo Price guide: No
  2. Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 69; Color photo

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