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Timber Timber - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

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Controlling one of two lumberjacks, you run madly around the screen chopping down trees as they sprout suddenly out of the ground while racing the clock and avoiding beehive throwing bears. Running birds are a bonus.

Timber was produced by Bally Midway in 1984.

Bally Midway released 96 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1980. Bally Midway was based in United States.

Other machines made by Bally Midway during the time period Timber was produced include: E2088, Gold Ball, Grand Slam (4 player version), Domino Man, Discs Of Tron, Granny and the Gators, Black Pyramid, Ten Pin Champ, Spy Hunter, and Kings of Steel


Name Timber
Developer Bally Midway (United States)
Year 1984
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 10113
Class Wide Release
Genre Platform
Conversion Class Midway MCR II
# Simultaneous Players 2
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Competitive
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
  • Joystick: 4-way (up, down, left, right) - Move
  • Joystick: 2-way (left, right) - Chop
Sound Unamplified Stereo (requires two-channel amp)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Bezel Timber Bezel Image
Control Panel Timber Control Panel Image
Side Art Timber Side Art Image

Game Play

The same artist who created the characters for Tapper created the characters for this game. The resemblences between the bartender and the lumberjacks are unmistakable. The music will also be familiar to those acquainted with Tapper.

This game is best experienced with two players. You can cooperate to get finished quick, or stiff your partner to clean up on points. (Example: Pushing a tree over on him just before he finishes cutting it down). You must finish in the specified length of time or the cigar smoking boss will blow the whistle and you will lose one life.

The round is finished after all the tress have been cut down and the player with the highest tree count gets a bonus; the other player gets slapped around or drilled into the ground by the brute boss. There is a bonus screen where the object is to stay balanced on a log spinning back and forth in the water. The surface you stand on gets smaller in the higher levels.

Timber KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.05 (3 votes)

Fun Factor: 2.93

Overall Like 3.00
Fun (Social) 3.33
Fun (Solo) 2.33
Collector Desire 3.00

Technical Rating: 3.17

Gameplay 3.67
Graphics 3.33
Originality 3.33
Sound/Music 2.33

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

All dedicated machine housings were originally Tapper cabinets. If you peel away the lumberjack sideart you will find original Tapper sideart underneath (we are not advocating you try this, however!). A square Timber sticker was added just below the control panel. Some cabinets were originally Root Beer Tapper and others were the original "Budweiser" variety. You can tell which the style by examining the sides of the control panel area. If there is a rectangular black piece of wood on each side, as seen in the cabinet picture to the right, you have a the "Budweiser" version. If the pieces of wood are not there, the cabinet was a Root Beer Tapper.

This cabinet is nice looking and well done. The upper side has a large drawing of a lumber jack with an axe over his shoulder and a log cabin and trees in the background. From the control panel down (in front and on the sides) it looks like rough wood paneling. The control panel itself looks like a log.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Timber 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 69 known instances of this machine owned by Timber collectors who are active members. Of these, 61 of them are original dedicated machines. One is a conversion in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 7 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 2 active VAPS members with a Timber machines for sale. There is one active VAPS member with an extra Timber circuit board for sale.

Wanted - Popular - There are 19 active VAPS members currently looking for Timber. There is one active VAPS member looking for a Timber circuit board set.

This game ranks a 14 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]



Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 190; Color photo Price guide: No
  2. Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 190; Color photo

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