King & Balloon


The Arcade Video Game by NAMCO, Ltd. See Timeline

[Coin-Op] Arcade Video Game

King & Balloon © 1980 Namco.

The player controls two green men (likely soldiers in the king's army) with an orange cannon that fires at squads of descending balloons. You must protect the King and prevent him from being captured and carried away by one of the balloons. Unlike most shooter games, the player's cannon can be hit and destroyed any number of times; it is the King that must be protected. The game ends when the king is carried away three times.
King & Balloon machine
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Main CPU : Zilog Z80 (@ 3.072 Mhz)
Sound CPU : Zilog Z80 (@ 2.5 Mhz)
Sound Chips : Tone generator, discrete circuits, and a DAC for speech

Players : 2
Control : 2-way joystick
Buttons : 1 (FIRE)
King & Balloon was released in October 1980 in Japan by Namco. It was released in North America by GamePlan the same year.

King & Balloon is the first game from Namco to feature voices.

Kevin Olkowski holds the official record for this game with 48900 points.
The voices differed between Japanese and U.S. versions. In the Japanese version, the abducted king yelled 'Help! Help!', but with heavy Japanese pronunciation, sounding more like 'Herupuu!'. In the U.S. version, the voice was redone as a more English-sounding 'Help!'.
On single balloons, first score is in formation, second score diving or rising, third score is rising with King in tow.
Red Balloons : 50, 100, 150
Orange Balloons : 40, 80, 120
Yellow Balloons : 30, 60, 90
White balloons : 20, 40, 60

On combination balloons, first score is first hit, second score is second hit, third score is third hit. First color is balloon color, second color is line/gondola color
Red/White : 500, 1,000, 1,500
Orange/Yellow : 400, 600, 1,000
Yellow/Orange : 300, 500, 700
White/Red : 200, 300, 500


Sony PlayStation japan (October 30, 1997) "Namco Museum Encore [Model SLPS-01050]"
Microsoft XBOX 360 usa (November 4, 2008) "Namco Museum - Virtual Arcade [Model 21022]"
Microsoft XBOX 360 europe (May 15, 2009) "Namco Museum - Virtual Arcade"
Microsoft XBOX 360 [AU] (June 4, 2009) "Namco Museum - Virtual Arcade"
Microsoft XBOX 360 japan (November 5, 2009) "Namco Museum - Virtual Arcade [Model 2RD-00001]"
Nintendo Wii usa (November 16, 2010) "Namco Museum Megamix"


Sony PSP usa (August 23, 2005) "Namco Museum Battle Collection [Model ULUS-10035]"
Sony PSP europe (December 9, 2005) "Namco Museum Battle Collection [Model UCES-00116]"
Sony PSP japan (February 23, 2006) "Namco Museum Vol.2 [Model ULJS-00047]"
Sony PSP korea (November 8, 2007) "Namco Museum Vol.2"


MSX japan (1984)
MSX europe (1984) by Bug-Byte
PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] japan (December 24, 1998) "Namco History Vol.4"
Game's ROM.
Game's picture.

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