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Toy Pop Toy Pop - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Toy Pop - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee

Description

A two-player, maze-like game where you must open jars and boxes to save a friend trapped on the final level. Various weapons defeat different enemies.

Toy Pop was produced by Namco in 1986.

Namco released 310 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1977. Namco was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Namco during the time period Toy Pop was produced include: Vs. Sky Kid, Vs. Battle City, Star Luster, Sky Kid, Motos, Assassin, Genpei ToumaDen, Hopping Mappy, Namco's Classic Gaming, and Return Of Ishtar, The

Specs

Name Toy Pop
Developer Namco (Japan)
Year 1986
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 10179
Class Wide Release
Genre Labyrinth/Maze
Monitor
Conversion Class Namco Galaga
# Simultaneous Players 2
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Joint
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
Controls
  • Joystick: 4-way (up, down, left, right)
  • Buttons: 1 - Shoot
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard

Game Introduction

Two dolls, Pino and Acha, have gone into the castle of the wizard Majyo, who has kidnapped their friend.

Game Play

Player one is Pino (the male doll) while player two is Acha (the female doll). The object in each room is to free the hearts scattered throughout the room so that the door opens and allows you entry to the next. Along the way, you need to get around the myriad of toys that Majyo has sent to stop you, including toy soldiers, wind-up cars, balloons, and so on. Fight back with the weapons that you uncover.

Scattered throughout the rooms are gift boxes that can be broken open with your shots. One shot opens the top and reveals their contents, but be careful! Some of the boxes contain punch traps that can stun you or time bombs that will blow you up if you do not get away! If the box contains an item, shoot it again to destroy the box and make it available.

Certain weapons are most effective against certain toys. While any weapon can take out toy soldiers (the pellet can only take out soldiers), cars may need to be destroyed with wheels, balloons with pins, and so on. The game will indicate which type of enemy is vulnerable to the weapon you currently possess.

For a challenge, try to destroy all the enemies in a room before clearing it out. You get a bonus if you can accomplish the task.

Once you open the exit, though, hurry through. The room will begin to close in around you if you wait.

Finally, every so often, a wizard comes along that is not vulnerable to your average shots. To destroy the wizard, you need to uncover one of the super weapons by collecting three special icons (there are two sets) that can be scattered around the rooms. One of the weapons is a star shot that can destroy any toy. The other is a tornado attack.

If hit by an enemy, you lose your outer clothes and are reduced to underclothes. If you get hit again, you lose a life, but you can look around for a new set of clothes.

Toy Pop KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 4.23 (1 vote)

Fun Factor: 4.20

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

Technical Rating: 4.25

Gameplay 5.00
Graphics 4.00
Originality 5.00
Sound/Music 3.00

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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Miscellaneous

The main character is a puppet: Pinnochio.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Toy Pop Census

There are 14,827 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,504 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,883 machines (6,918 unique titles).

Uncommon - There are 11 known instances of this machine owned by Toy Pop collectors who are active members. Of these, It is an original dedicated machine (not another machine converted with a kit). 10 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 Toy Pop machine for sale.

Wanted - There is one active VAPS member currently looking for Toy Pop. There is one active VAPS member looking for a Toy Pop circuit board set.

This game ranks a 3 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 3 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]

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Technical

This game uses the same hardware as Libble Rabble. The main CPU is a M6809, but it also uses a M68000 to handle special graphics functions such as picture blitting. Another 6809 runs a Namco 8-channel PSG.

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