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Tac/Scan - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


The player controls a fleet of seven ships through three stages: Armada Attack, 3-D Armada Attack, and a Space Warp Tunnel. The player can gain additional ships to replace ships that get destroyed.

Tac/Scan was produced by Sega in 1982.

Sega released 594 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1936. Sega was based in United States.

Other machines made by Sega during the time period Tac/Scan was produced include: Turpin, Turbo, Star Laker, K.O. Punch, Borderline, 005, Ali Baba And 40 Thieves, Buck Rogers - Planet Of Zoom, Guttang Gottong, and Monster Bash


Name Tac/Scan
Developer Sega (United States)
Year 1982
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 10007
Class Wide Release
Genre Space
  • Orientation: Vertical
  • Type: Vector
  • Color: Color
  • 19-inch Electrohome G08

Conversion Class Sega G80 System Vector
Dipswitch Settings

Tac/Scan Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Rotary: Optical
  • Buttons: 2 - FireAdd Ship
Sound Unamplified Mono (requires one-channel amp)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard

Game Introduction

Tac/Scan is a very unique game in that you control just how many resources in this case, ships are put into play. You start with seven individual ships in play. Those ships can be lost in any of the three stages by hitting a tunnel, getting shot, or hitting the enemy. You are able to "collect" and earn these ships back as the game progresses. You can drop down to one ship in the game, but still have four "back-up" ships but do not loose the one ship in play, otherwise your game is over. This is unique to other games that give you ships sequentially.

In the first stage, you pilot your ships through waves of attacking enemies. You can either fire upon them, or "tac" your ships around them. The second stage is much like the first, except that it is from a 3-D perspective from behind your ships. In the third stage, you pilot your ship down a space warp tunnel. You will lose any ships that touch the side of the tunnel.

Tac/Scan KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 4.45 (1 vote)

Fun Factor: 4.40

Overall Like 5.00
Fun (Social) 3.00
Fun (Solo) 5.00
Collector Desire 4.00

Technical Rating: 4.50

Gameplay 5.00
Graphics 5.00
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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Was marketed as a converta-game for simplified conversion to other Sega XY games.


The game was also released in a cocktail cabinet.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Tac/Scan Census

There are 14,823 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,502 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,875 machines (6,918 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 63 known instances of this machine owned by Tac/Scan collectors who are active members. Of these, 51 of them are original dedicated machines. 6 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 6 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 Tac/Scan machine for sale.

Wanted - Popular - There are 17 active VAPS members currently looking for Tac/Scan.

This game ranks a 16 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 25 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]



There is a Sega XY FAQ that contains repair tips for this and many other games.

As with all of Sega's vector games, the Electrohome color vector monitor used for this game has a notorious tendency to catch fire. It is unknown what to do to prevent this.


Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 141; Color photo Price guide: No
  2. Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 141; Color photo

Additional References (logged in members often see more)

  1. 3D Model (External): Upright

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