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Vigilante Vigilante - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Vigilante - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


Madonna has been kidnapped by The Skinheads. The law cannot stop them so you must do it. Fight enemies with your fists, feet and various weapons across five levels, each with their own end-of-level baddie.

Vigilante was produced by Irem in 1988.

Irem released 89 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1978. Irem was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Irem during the time period Vigilante was produced include: Mr. Heli No Dai-Bouken, Battle Chopper, Battle Bird, Kaiketsu Yanchamaru, Kid Niki: Radical Ninja, Image Fight, Ninja Spirit, Saigo No Nindou, Meikyuu Shima, and Tsukikage (The Legend Of The White Wolf)


Name Vigilante
Developer Irem (Japan)
Year 1988
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 10317
Class Wide Release
Genre Scrolling Fighter
Conversion Class JAMMA
Dipswitch Settings

Vigilante Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 1
Game Play Single
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 2 - PunchKick
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Control Panel Vigilante Control Panel Image
Side Art Vigilante Side Art Image
PCB Vigilante PCB Image

Game Introduction

The Police cannot stop the street gangs ... As a Vigilante, you must defend your people's turf!!!

The Skinheads have taken Madonna hostage. Take the law into your own hands!

Game Play

There are five levels in all, each with an end-of-level baddie some of which return in later levels as mid-level bosses. You can only walk from left to right not into the level, up or down. Sometimes you can pick up some nunchucks to beat-up the enemies instead of using your fists and feet. Some the baddies carry weapons like knives, clubs and guns. The final boss is incredibly difficult to beat because he slowly gains energy if you do not hit him. After you defeat him, Madonna will be rescued and the game will end.

Vigilante KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 2.34 (2 votes)

Fun Factor: 2.30

Overall Like 2.50
Fun (Social) 3.00
Fun (Solo) 2.50
Collector Desire 2.00

Technical Rating: 2.38

Gameplay 2.50
Graphics 2.50
Originality 2.00
Sound/Music 2.50

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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This game is a sort-of sequel to Kung-Fu Master. Licensed to Data East for manufacture and distribution in the US.


VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Vigilante Census

There are 14,965 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,552 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,380 machines (6,942 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 85 known instances of this machine owned by Vigilante collectors who are active members. Of these, 10 of them are original dedicated machines. 9 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 66 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 Vigilante machine for sale. There are 7 active VAPS members with a Vigilante circuit boards for sale.

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

This game ranks a 27 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]



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Flyer VIGILANTE Arcade Video Game advertisement original see pic

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Vigilante Arcade Marquee 26" x 8"

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