Prop Cycle

The Arcade Video Game by NAMCO, Ltd.

Prop Cycle screenshot


Emulated in MAME ! Coin-Operated Arcade Video Game

Prop Cycle © 1996 Namco.

A strange game where you control a pedal powered plane to pop as many balloons as you can within a time limit. Because of its unique gameplay, this game gives a totally different and nice gaming experience.


Prop Cycle the  Arcade Video Game
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Prop Cycle the  Arcade Video Game
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This game had you controlling the plane using an exercise bike and pedalling to keep yourself flying while steering with the handle bars. You could only play once or twice before you got exhausted!. Also, the Prop Cycle cabinet featured a fan to simulate flight.

Namco Super System 22 hardware
Game ID : PR

Main CPU : Motorola 68EC020 (@ 24.576 Mhz), (2x) TMS32025 (@ 49.152 Mhz), M37710 (@ 16.384 Mhz)
Sound Chips : C352 (@ 16.384 Mhz)

Players : 1
Control : Stick
Buttons : 1


Prop Cycle was released in June 1996 in Japan.

This game was used as one of the challenges on the BBC game show "Friends Like These". The contestants had to show the most points while finishing the course, running out of time meant disqualification.


Executive Producer : Kazunori Sawano
Planning Director : Shigeki Tohyama
Music & Sound FX : Etsuo Ishii, Yoshie Takayanagi, Yoshie Arakawa, Nobuyoshi Sano, Kazuhiro Nakamura, Hiroto Sasaki
Mood Maker : Miwa Komatsu
CG. Technical Director : Dairo Watanabe
ID Designer : Hiroshi Shimane
Mechanical Advisor : Yasuhiko, Hideaki Yamamoto, Tohru Obara, Kitsu Sugawara
Chief System Constructor : Yasuhiro Babata, Masamichi Decimal, Takako Ohie
Flight Lecture : Wind Co Ltd.
Breezy Sports : Yumitsu Yamazaki
Sports Opa Kite : Toshiyuki Katsura
Windsports : Yuuichi Fujisawa, Toru

Game's ROM.
Game's picture.
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