Museum of the Game ®

International Arcade Museum® — Killer List of Videogames®

War Of The Worlds War Of The Worlds - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

War Of The Worlds - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


Fire at attacking Martians and avoid Martian laserfire. Kill tripods, etc.

War Of The Worlds was produced by Cinematronics in 1982.

Cinematronics released 33 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1976. Cinematronics was based in United States.

Other machines made by Cinematronics during the time period War Of The Worlds was produced include: Boxing Bugs, Solar Quest, Armor Attack, Rip Off, Star Castle, Freeze, Jack The Giantkiller, Zzyzzyxx, Brix, and Cosmic Chasm


Name War Of The Worlds
Developer Cinematronics (United States)
Year 1982
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 10401
Class Wide Release
Genre Space
  • Orientation: Horizontal
  • Type: Vector
  • Color: Black and White
Conversion Class unique
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Buttons: Rotational (left, right)
  • Buttons: 2 - Fire|Thrust
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Control Panel War Of The Worlds Control Panel Image
Side Art War Of The Worlds Side Art Image
PCB War Of The Worlds PCB Image

Game Introduction

Based on the H.G. Wells book of the same name.

War Of The Worlds KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.49 (2 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.10

Overall Like 3.00
Fun (Social) 3.00
Fun (Solo) 3.00
Collector Desire 3.50

Technical Rating: 3.88

Gameplay 5.00
Graphics 3.50
Originality 3.50
Sound/Music 3.50

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.

Log in to rate this game!

More pictures


The game is presumably based on H. G. Wells novel of the same name.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op War Of The Worlds 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 164,944 machines (6,921 unique titles).

Uncommon - There are 13 known instances of this machine owned by War Of The Worlds collectors who are active members. Of these, 8 of them are original dedicated machines. 4 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. One is a set of circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There is one active VAPS member with a War Of The Worlds machine for sale.

Wanted - There are 10 active VAPS members currently looking for War Of The Worlds.

This game ranks a 3 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 17 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]


The hardware wasnt powerful enough to display all the images in realtime, so there was a noticeable amount of slowdown on the screen. The game was actually coded to use a color XY monitor

Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 134; Color photo Price guide: No
  2. Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 134; Color photo

Additional References (logged in members often see more)

  1. 3D Model (External): Upright

eBay Listings

Click to search eBay for War Of The Worlds Videogame machines and related items.

Click to search eBay for Cinematronics for machines and parts.

When you click on links below to various merchants on this site and make a purchase, this can result in this site earning a commission. Such revenue helps to fund this site's operations. Affiliate programs and affiliations include, but are not limited to, the eBay Partner Network.


  1. Log in to contribute content to this page
  2. Please consider donating to the International Arcade Museum Library