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Venture Venture - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Venture - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


Guide your brave explorer 'Winky' through the depths of different dungeon levels while collecting 'treasures' from each room and avoiding the dreaded 'Hall Monsters'. Shooting the various room occupants is not necessary, but it will add some additional points to your score.

Venture was produced by Exidy in 1981.

Exidy released 57 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1974. Exidy was based in United States.

Other machines made by Exidy during the time period Venture was produced include: Star Fire, Tail Gunner II, Spectar, Bandido, Targ, Mouse Trap, Pepper II, Teeter Torture, Victory, and Hard Hat


Name Venture
Developer Exidy (United States)
Year 1981
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 10301
Class Wide Release
Genre Adventure
  • Orientation: Horizontal
Conversion Class Exidy Targ
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player Ambidextrous
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 1 - Fire
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
PCB Venture PCB Image

Game Introduction

On the first level, there is The Wall Room, The Serpent Room, The Goblin Room, and The Skeleton Room.

On the second level, there is The Spider Room, The Dragon Room, The Two-Headed Room (shaped like the letter Y) and The Troll Room (shaped like the letter T).

On the third level, there is The Bat Room, The Genie Room, The Cyclops Room and The Demon Room.

In each of the rooms, Winky must steal a treasure while fighting off the attacking monsters with his arrows.

Game Play

The game begins with 'Winky' traveling around the outside of the screen, grabbing an arrow and heading down stairs to the dungeons he is about to explore. Winky, the main player, is a red dot while he is outside the various rooms and a larger red dot with eyes, mouth, and a bow and arrow while in a room. Winky must first enter one of the rooms on the floor while avoiding the 'Hall Monsters'; invincible enemies that circulate outside the rooms trying to catch you.

Once in a room the object is to gather up the treasure in that room and escape with your life. In each room there are different opponents such as snakes, goblins and genies that guard the treasure who also try to kill you. You must use your arrows to kill the monsters, but if you stay in a room too long, a Hall Monster will appear and chase after you. Your only option is to escape the room, go to another one later and return later. If you try to go back into the room right after leaving it, the Hall Monster will reenter and kill you.

Gathering a treasure from each room will complete the level. Your score is multiplied by a multiplier, depending on how long it took to complete that level, and you are then brought to a new and faster level. I'm not sure how many levels there are as I have never been able to get past the 4th. The game is simple, but very challenging.

Venture KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.62 (3 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.73

Overall Like 4.00
Fun (Social) 3.00
Fun (Solo) 3.67
Collector Desire 4.00

Technical Rating: 3.50

Gameplay 4.00
Graphics 2.67
Originality 4.33
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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Cabinet Information

The marquee has the title of the game with a green snake coiled around it. The side art is a picture of the player as a human holding a knife with arrows strapped on his back trying to climb some stairs. At the top of the stairs there are three green snakes coming out of a doorway. 'Winky' does not look too happy.


This does not have the same pinouts as Targ, due to differing power outputs. Venture uses +5V DC @ 6 amps, -5V DC @ 1amp, +12V DC (HI) @ 3 amps, +12V DC (LO) at 1 amp, -12V DC (HI) at 3 amps, and -12V DC (LO) at 1 amp.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Venture Census

There are 14,839 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,506 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,922 machines (6,919 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 93 known instances of this machine owned by Venture collectors who are active members. Of these, 67 of them are original dedicated machines. 26 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 Venture machines for sale. There is one active VAPS member with an extra Venture circuit board for sale.

Wanted - Popular - There are 15 active VAPS members currently looking for Venture.

This game ranks a 25 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 27 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]



This does not have the same pinouts as Targ, due to differing power outputs. Venture uses +5V DC @ 6 amps, -5V DC @ 1amp, +12V DC (HI) @ 3 amps, +12V DC (LO) at 1 amp, -12V DC (HI) at 3 amps, and -12V DC (LO) at 1 amp.


Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 112; Color photo Price guide: No
  2. Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 112; Color photo

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  1. 3D Model (External): Dedicated

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