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You are a member of an underwater special forces unit and have been selected to infiltrate Madam Q's headquarters and stop her demented plans before she can destroy the world.

ThunderJaws was produced by Atari Games in 1990.

Atari Games released 88 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1984. Atari Games was based in United States.

Other machines made by Atari Games during the time period ThunderJaws was produced include: KLAX, Escape From The Planet Of The Robot Monsters, Cyberball 2072, Badlands, Hard Drivin', Rampart, Pit-Fighter, Race Drivin', Hydra, and Batman


Name ThunderJaws
Developer Atari Games (United States)
Year 1990
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 10106
Class Wide Release
Genre Scrolling Fighter
Conversion Class JAMMA
Game Specific ThunderJaws Pinout
# Simultaneous Players 2
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Joint
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 2 - FireSwim Fast
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard

Game Introduction

You play an amphibious special forces unit, shooting enemies at various locations and underwater, working towards the secret base of Madam Q. The digitized speech of the scuba divers sounds like 1980's surfer dudes: "Most heinous!"

Game Play

You play a diver who must face natural enemies sharks, other divers and underwater firing turrets. Other scenes include a platform shoot-em-up, similar to Bad Dudes. You can find weapon power-ups and health along the way. Bosses appear at the end of each level. At the end, you face Madam Q, who has transformed herself into a giant floating disembodied head.

ThunderJaws KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 0.00 (0 votes)

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I believe Atari Games only released this as a kit. The release date for the game was June, 1990.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op ThunderJaws Census

There are 14,908 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,530 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,187 machines (6,929 unique titles).

Common - There are 25 known instances of this machine owned by ThunderJaws collectors who are active members. Of these, It is an original dedicated machine. 5 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 19 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 ThunderJaws machine for sale. There are 2 active VAPS members with a ThunderJaws circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - No active members have added this machine to their wish list. There is one active VAPS member looking for a ThunderJaws circuit board set.

This game ranks a 5 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

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68000 processor. The board is populated with a slew of ROMs on a generic PCB with an architecture similar to that of Pit-Fighter. Game sounds, graphics, and overall design is very similar to Vindicators.


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ThunderJaws (Thunder Jaws) Atari Arcade Marquee 26" x 8"

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