Dark Planet

Arcade Video game published 40 years ago by Stern Electronics, Inc.

Dark Planet screenshot

Listed and emulated in MAME.

Dark Planet © 1982 Stern Electronics.

A 3-D space shoot'em up game that takes place on a mysterious planet. Prevent enemies from building bases.


Main CPU: Zilog Z80 (@ 3.072 Mhz)
Sound CPU: Zilog Z80 (@ 1.78975 Mhz)
Sound Chips: (2x) General Instrument AY8910 (@ 1.78975 Mhz)

Screen orientation: Horizontal
Video resolution: 256 x 224 pixels
Screen refresh: 60.61 Hz
Palette colors: 98

Players: 2
Control: dial
Buttons: 3

The cabinet features richly detailed 50's sci-fi style artwork.


Dark Planet was shown at the 1982 AMOA show and released in January of 1983 but only in limited numbers.

The game was programmed by Jurich (see 'Staff' section for more information) and was one of two video games he ever made. The other was a pool game for the IBM PC Jr.

Scott Young holds the official record for this game with 9,954,900 points on March 1, 1983.


Points are scored when the starship demolishes the enemy:
Rail rovers: 100 points.
Fighters: 100 points.
Laser trains: 10000 points.
Burning one bunker yields: 10000 points.
Burning all three at once: 50000 points.


Designed by: Erick Erickson, Dan Langlois
Software by: Dale Jurich, Bill Jahnke


Game's ROM.
Game's picture.