Hit the Ice - The Video Hockey League

Arcade Video game published 33 years ago by Williams Electronics Games, Inc.

Listed in MAME

Hit the Ice - The Video Hockey League screenshot

Hit the Ice - The Video Hockey League © 1990 Williams Electronics Games, Incorporated.

Welcome to no holds barred hockey brought to you by the Video Hockey League. It's the Reds versus the Blues, the VHL's biggest rivalry.

The same hockey rules apply, pass the puck around around the ice rink and shoot it past the opposite goalie to score. You can also check your opponent just like real hockey, only each character has their own bone-crushing way of checking, each with maximum impact and zero tolerance for your well-being. Players can also start fights with one another to really spice things up.

For an additional credit, players can purchase a 'power drink' that will make them 'Skate Faster and Shoot Harder' at the start of the period for one minute.

Now get to the action and DROP THAT PUCK!


Taito B System hardware
Prom Stickers : C59

Main CPU : Motorola 68000 (@ 12 Mhz), Zilog Z80 (@ 4 Mhz)
Sound Chips : YM2203 (@ 3 Mhz), (2x) OKI6295 (@ 8 Khz)

Screen orientation : Horizontal
Video resolution : 320 x 224 pixels
Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz
Palette colors : 4096

Players : 4
Control : 8-way joystick
Buttons : 3


Hit the Ice was released in December 1990.

Developed and programmed by Taito Corp. In Japan, the Ice Hockey isn't a popular sport, so only a few board was released in Japan.

A Hit the Ice unit appears in the 1991 movie 'Terminator 2 - Judgment Day'.


The US version has the 'Winners Don't Use Drugs' screen.

Japanese version don't have 'locker room' screen, and has only a two-player mode.


NES [Taito] [Unreleased Prototype] (Based on the arcade game, but has added RPG elements)
Sega Mega Drive (1990)
NEC PC-Engine (1991)
NEC TurboGrafx 16 (1991)
Nintendo Super Famicom (1993)


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