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Turtles Turtles - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Turtles - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


A turtle moves around a maze trying to save its children while being chased by numerous round bugs. Rescuing all the children by taking them home advances the level. Bombs are collected to use as weapons.

Turtles was produced by Stern Electronics in 1981.

Stern Electronics released 67 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1977. Stern Electronics was based in United States.

Other machines made by Stern Electronics during the time period Turtles was produced include: Ali, Astro Invader, Berzerk, Nine Ball, Star Gazer, Lightning, Armored Car, Freefall, Split Second, and Iron Maiden


Name Turtles
Developer Stern Electronics (United States)
Year 1981
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 10226
Class Wide Release
Genre Labyrinth/Maze
Conversion Class Konami Classic
Game Specific Turtles Pinout
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Joystick: 4-way (up, down, left, right)
  • Buttons: 1 - Bomb
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard

Game Introduction

Boxes containing question marks are located at various points around the screen. When the turtle moves over one of the boxes it either becomes one of its children, which climbs on his back to be taken to a flashing house in one of the corners, or it becomes another enemy bug. The turtle can amass bombs by walking over a flashing star in the center of the screen and can then use them like land mines, dropping only one at any given time to temporarily disable the first bug that runs into it.

The game starts off with a cut-scene of a the turtle standing outside of a large building with a big 'S' on it stands for "Stern" maybe? looking up at a couple of his children on the roof. The turtle seems very disturbed and heads into the building where the game begins.

After eight levels, the turtle reaches the top of the building and a cut-scene showing its children following it out of the building. Then, of course, the game starts all over again.

Game Play

When a bug has been bombed, it stops dead and starts flashing. It is safe to walk over it while it is still flashing.

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Cheats, Tricks, Bugs, and Easter Eggs

Collect bombs early as the interval between the flashing stars appearances becomes longer and longer as the game progresses.


VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Turtles Census

There are 14,959 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,548 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,366 machines (6,939 unique titles).

Common - There are 31 known instances of this machine owned by Turtles collectors who are active members. Of these, 15 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. 15 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 an extra Turtles circuit board for sale.

Wanted - There is one active VAPS member currently looking for Turtles.

This game ranks a 11 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 2 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: 106; Color photo Price guide: No
  2. Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 106; Color photo

Additional References (logged in members often see more)

  1. 3D Model (External): Upright

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