This title was first available in 1982 on the CGE Vectrex home vector console, licensed by Cinematronics from GCE. It was only available in the arcades later, in February 1983. That is quite a reverse from the norm, usually games hit the arcades a year or two before they make it to the consoles.
It was the last color vector game released by Cinematronics. Approximately 400 units were produced (based on serial numbers). This title used a 68000 processor and a color X-Y monitor, which allowed for some very nice graphical effects that most early 80s hardware was simply not capable of.
People often mistake Cosmic Chasm machines for converted "Dragon's Lair
" machines. That is because they shipped in almost the exact same cabinet. They both have the same side panels, overall design, and three-section marquee. But Cosmic Chasm differs in the angle of the control panel, and in the placement of the monitor. The artwork on this machine is mostly purple. The sideart is done with two large stickers, and it shows a huge logo, and a scene of some giant girders out in space.
Dwayne Richard holds the official record for this game with 124,500 points on December 1, 2005.