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Trog Trog - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Trog - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


Guide your Dinos to collect all the eggs on the island before a Trog comes and eats you.

Trog was produced by Bally Midway in 1990.

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 Trog was produced include: Tri-Sports, Arch Rivals, Escape From the Lost World, Blackwater 100, Truck Stop, Pigskin 621 A.D., World Cup Soccer, Cirqus Voltaire, and Chingy


Name Trog
Developer Bally Midway (United States)
Year 1990
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 10201
Class Wide Release
Genre Labyrinth/Maze
Conversion Class JAMMA
Dipswitch Settings

Trog Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 4
# Maximum Players 4
Game Play Competitive
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 1 - Punch
Sound Amplified Stereo (two channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Control Panel Trog Control Panel Image

Game Play

In this game, you select to play one of four Dino characters who each have a different name and color: Rex red, Bloop blue, Spike yellow and Gwen lavender. The game takes place in a prehistoric land called Og that has 49 different islands where your Dino character collects eggs while fending off ravenous, one-eyed cavemen called Trogs. Press the button to punch the attacking Trogs one punch will only stun a Trog but several punches will knock the enemy off the screen. There are four different Trogs who pursue you:

  • brown Trogs who use only their fists
  • red Trogs who use clubs and create fires or holes in the ground
  • blue Trogs who pop up out of the ground and roll stone wheels
  • green Trogs who bounce around trying to crush you with their springs.

On each island, after you have gathered up all your eggs, you must go to the base labeled "Home" where you will move on to the next island. Between each stage there is an intermission where your Dino will dance and there will be a word or phrase above him or her that will say "Excellent!", "Congratulations!", "Nice Work!", "Good Job!" or "Dino-Mite!". On occasion, there is an intermission featuring a Trog planning another attempt to eat a Dino.

While playing the game, try not to fall off the island. You must avoid or fight off any stone wheels that roll toward you and also avoid any tar pits that will occasionally appear. The Trogs are clumsy and dumb and will sometimes fall off the island, sink into the tar pits or blunder into their own traps. However, an island may have holes with warp grids that will advance your Dino two or three islands ahead if your Dino falls into it. These form when you take the shiny egg in the lower-right corner, there will be one egg that will shine last. In addition, all players will recieve a cool 300,000 point bonus.

On some islands, there will be doors that will lead from one area to another and some will have springboards that will transport your Dino from one side of the island to another. The springboards will hurl the green Trogs to their doom.

On each island, there are all kinds of special items that you can collect to help your Dino including:

  • red roots that give your Dino extra speed
  • yellow horseshoes that will temporarily form a protective forcefield around your Dino
  • fiery chili peppers that make your Dino to spit fireballs that will burn the Trogs
  • icy jewels that will momentarily freeze all the Trogs on the island
  • pineapples that will temporarily turn your Dino into an unstoppable, Trog-eating tyrannosaurus rex.

Avoid the gray mushrooms that will slow your Dino down.

Some islands have timed bonus stages that will give you a chance to earn bonus points. These stages include:

  • Trog Feasts where your Dino will be a tyrannosaurus rex and will attempt to eat as many Trogs as possible before time runs out
  • Trog Barbecues where your Dino will spit fireballs and try to burn as many Trogs as possible before time runs out
  • Diamond Mines where your Dino will attempt to capture as many gems as possible including diamonds, rubies and emeralds before time runs out.

When you have made it to the 49th island, The Trog's Cave, you will have to fight off the Trogs until they are all eliminated and then gather up all the gems that appear on that final stage. A special feature follows with fireworks and a multitude of dancing Dinos with a message that says "Congratulations! Your Dino Has Made It Home!"

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A Trog appeared in the Terminator 2 movie, the T1000 in police disguise, enters the mall arcade and interrupts a couple of girls playing Trog.


The initial prototype of this game did not have you controlling the dinosaurs. Initially, you controlled a hand that placed bones in the playing field to direct the dinos to the eggs. Trogs also were able to break the bones with their clubs in that version. Two bonuses also appeared in the prototype that did not make the final version, a speed bonus and an egg bonus given at the end of the levels.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Trog Census

There are 14,842 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,508 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,933 machines (6,921 unique titles).

Common - There are 39 known instances of this machine owned by Trog collectors who are active members. Of these, 15 of them are original dedicated machines. 3 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 21 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 Trog machine for sale. There are 3 active VAPS members with a Trog circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - There are 4 active VAPS members currently looking for Trog. There is one active VAPS member looking for a Trog circuit board set.

This game ranks a 9 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 8 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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