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Coin-Op : Arcade : Zoo Keeper (1982, Taito)

General Information


Arguably Taito’s best classic game, Zookeeper features fantastic game play with a great theme. The object of the game is simple, as Zeke the Zookeeper you must keep all of the animals in the cage, which is constantly being destroyed by the animals trying to escape and rebuilt by Zeke. The game also features two additional stages one in which in Zeke must rescue his girlfriend Zelda (much like Donkey Kong) and the second in which in Zeke can receive an extra guy by jumping over animals.

Coin-Op Details

Unlike most of Taito’s earlier games, Zookeeper’s cabinet features wonderful artwork depicting a Lion escaping from the Zoo among other things. Most of Taito’s other games (such as Qix, Jungle Hunt and Elevator Action) were manufactured in a standard “Taito” cabinet, which had the word “Taito” on each side and a rather boring design. While most Zookeeper cabinets were done in only orange and blue, some were released with color side-art.

Weights and Measurements:

Type Height Width Depth Weight   Notes
Upright: 67" 24" 30" 280 lbs.  

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

Technical Information

Related Boards:

Type Name Description
Logic: Taito Qix Main Board Used in several Taito games. This board has the playfield memory mapped to the 4116 RAMs. This board may not function correctly if the data/sound board is not working.
ROM: Taito Qix ROM I/O Can be configured for 2716 or 2732 based on jumper packs on board.
Sound: Taito Data/Sound (v2) Very similar to the Qix data/sound board (v1), but this does not have the diagnostic port. Cannot be used with the Qix set up.

MAME Virtual Machines:

Year ROM Set Description Manufacturer
1982 zookeep Zoo Keeper (set 1) Taito America Corporation
1982 zookeep2 Zoo Keeper (set 2) Taito America Corporation
1982 zookeep3 Zoo Keeper (set 3) Taito America Corporation

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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