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Coin-Op : Arcade : Q*bert (1982, Gottlieb)

General Information


Q*bert was Gottlieb’s first and only major hit of the classic era (although the company did release some other games that are very sought after today such as Reactor, Mad Planets and a sequel to Q*bert, Q*bert’s Qubes). The game features a handful of unique characters: Coily, Sam, Slick, Ugg, Wrong-Way and of course, Q*bert. Q*bert’s goal is to change the color of a each square on a pyramid to a common color by hopping on each square. There are nine levels of four rounds in each in the game.

The game was one of the most merchandised of any classic games, probably due to its success and colorful characters. Among items that we’ve seen are Q*bert puzzles, boardgames, a sleeping bag, action figures, a lunchbox and a plush Q*bert.

Coin-Op Details

The game features a “knocker” which knocks loudly against the game cabinet when a character falls off the pyramid.

Weights and Measurements:

Type Height Width Depth Weight   Notes
Upright: 65.5" 24.5" 30.25" 0 lbs.  

Disclaimer: These are approximate weights and measurements taken from actual games or the manufacturer's literature. Occasionally games vary.

Web Reference Links:

Type Name/Description Courtesy
Manual: PDF Manual BasementArcade.com
XRef: Sound Board Troubleshooting RKs Arcade

Technical Information

Knowledge Base Articles:

Article Author
Monitor Interference Anthony Pietrak
Q*bert Pinout spies.com
Sound board debugging notes James Bright
Sound interfering with the screen James Bright
Using a Switching Power Supply in Q*bert Anthony Pietrak

Related Boards:

Type Name Description
Sound: Gottlieb System 80 Sound +30V sound board with custom speech chip.

MAME Virtual Machines:

Year ROM Set Description Manufacturer
1982 qbertjp Q*bert (Japan) Gottlieb (Konami license)
1982 qbert Q*bert (US) Gottlieb

NOTE: These are MAME "Virtual Machines." These virtual machines are ROM-specific but contain address space information (memory maps) that may be useful when debugging hardware. There may be descrepancies between MAME's definition of the hardware, and actual hardware. Information is provided for reference only. THERE ARE NO ROMS ANYWHERE ON THIS WEB SITE.

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