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Tron Tron - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Tron - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


Based on scenes from the Walt Disney movie of the same name, this game has four distinct games per level: Lightcycles, Grid Bugs, Tanks, and the MPC Cone. All four games must be completed before you can advance to the next level.

Tron was produced by Bally Midway in 1982.

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 Tron was produced include: Lazarian, Solar Fox, Wizard Of Wor, Adventures of Robby Roto, The, Crossroads, Bump 'n Jump, Blue Print, Baby Pac-Man, BurgerTime, and Earth Friend


Name Tron
Developer Bally Midway (United States)
Year 1982
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 10204
Class Wide Release
Genre Other
Conversion Class Midway MCR II
Game Specific Tron Pinout
Dipswitch Settings

Tron Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Rotary: Optical - Direction of Fire
  • Joystick: 8-way stick with trigger - Fire/Throttle
Sound Unamplified Stereo (requires two-channel amp)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard - 304 lbs
  • Cocktail
  • Cabaret/Mini
Bezel Tron Bezel Image
Control Panel Tron Control Panel Image
Side Art Tron Side Art Image

Game Play

There are four distinct games per level.

  • Light Cycles: The player controls a Light Cycle that leaves a blue trail. The joystick controls the direction of travel and the trigger controls the speed of the bike. The object is force the enemy Light Cycles yellow to run into each other or the trails while avoiding crashing.
  • Grid Bugs: Destroy the Grid Bugs and escape into the I/O Tower before the timer runs out. The stick controls the movement of your character and the whirlygig controls the direction of fire.
  • Tanks: Destroy all enemy tanks or Recognizers to clear the level. The stick controls the movement of your tank and the whirlygig controls the direction of fire.
  • MCP Cone: Destroy the blocks similar to Breakout and move your character into the cone to clear the level. A bonus is awarded if you destroy all the blocks. The stick controls the movement of your character and the whirlygig controls the direction of fire.

Tron KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.89 (31 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.97

Overall Like 4.32
Fun (Social) 3.10
Fun (Solo) 3.97
Collector Desire 4.60

Technical Rating: 3.98

Gameplay 4.00
Graphics 3.93
Originality 4.34
Sound/Music 3.83

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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Cheats, Tricks, Bugs, and Easter Eggs

In the Lightcycle stage, the cycles have a fixed behavior pattern for each stage and so, like IPacManI, it is possible to find a pattern of your own which will defeat the cycles every time on that level. In the Tanks stage, if no part of your tank is touching the white line running through the center of each corridor, the enemy tanks fire cannot hit you. If you are careful, you can move halfway into the central transporter diamond, just far enough to get off the white line, then pick the enemy tanks off at will. Note the tanks can still ram you, though.

If a person holds down the player start button while another person switches the machine off and back on or unplugs and re-plugs the power cable into an outlet, the game will credit and start without having to insert a coin.



The game that became IDiscs Of TronI was supposed to be included in ITronI, but the programming was not completed in time.PAs every good Tron fan knows, the grid bugs were almost entirely edited out of the movie what was left was about two seconds of an animation of a grid bug creating itself. Grid bugs appear in the game because of pressures to develop the arcade game in time for the release of the movie all part of Disneys sales strategy for the movies launch posters and trailers ended with a tagline along the lines of See the movie. Play the game. So, game programmers had to use whatever script elements they could from the movie before the film itself was actually completed. Light cycles, tanks, recognizers, and the MCP, of course, all made the final cut the grid bugs did not.

Cabinet Information

The uniquelyshaped upright cabinet featured characters and objects from the movie on the sideart, while the control panel and much of the other cabinet surfaces were painted with circuit lines similar to those seen in many of the films set designs. The control panel also featured a pair of blacklights, one located just above the controls behind a clear plastic shield and one underneath the panel together, these caused the translucentblue joystick and the fluorescent paint used on the cabinet circuit lines to glow. In a darkened arcade, the effect was quite eeriePCabaret or mini and cocktail cabinet versions were also produced.


LICENSOR The TRON name and concept were licensed from Walt Disney, the makers of the film.POne of the more unique touches in the game is that the levels, instead of being simply designated Level 1, 2, 3, etc., were named after programming languages you start out at RPG and advance through PASCAL, BASIC, ASSEMBLER, etc. until you reach the USER level.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Tron Census

There are 14,952 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,547 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,357 machines (6,938 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 902 known instances of this machine owned by Tron collectors who are active members. Of these, 855 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. 42 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 32 active VAPS members with a Tron machines for sale. There are 4 active VAPS members with a Tron circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - Very Popular - There are 119 active VAPS members currently looking for Tron. There is one active VAPS member looking for a Tron circuit board set.

This game ranks a 94 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 98 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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Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 136; Color photo Price guide: No
  2. Arcade Fever Sellers (ISBN 0762409371) Page: 114; Color photo
  3. Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 136; Color photo

Additional References (logged in members often see more)

  1. 3D Model (External): Caberet
  2. 3D Model (External): Upright

See the game at:

This game is available at the following public arcades, bars or museums:

Name Location State Country Details Check-ins
Level One Bar + Arcade 130 Hutchinson Ave, Columbus Ohio United States 0
Upstate Pinball & Arcade Museum 109A West Trade St, Simpsonville South Carolina United States Arcade (Classic Videogame)
Children: Allowed
Focus: Classic Games
Food: No
Alcohol: No
Payment Method: Admission Charge

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