A 38-year-old Arcade Video Game by Taito

Polaris screenshot

Emulated in MAME !

Information for the following ROM(s): polaris polarisa polariso polarisbr


Polaris © 1980 Taito.

Polaris is a 1-player, single screen shoot-em-up, baring many similarities to Taito's most famous shoot-em-up, "Space Invaders", in which a player takes on the role of Commander of a Polaris class nuclear submarine. War has been declared and the Polaris' mission is to defend the country from enemy attack.

In battle, players must defend against wave after wave of enemy planes (fighter jets and missile-dropping bi-planes) as well as enemy subs and destroyers. Players must also be careful to avoid the many mines and depth charges that litter the ocean.


Polaris the Arcade Video Game
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Board Number : PS070001
Prom Stickers : PS01-PS06

Main CPU : Intel 8080 (Number : AA017768)
Sound Chips : Discrete circuitry

Players : 2
Control : 8-way joystick
Buttons : 1 (FIRE)


Polaris was released in August 1980.

Also released as trimline (cabaret) and cocktail models. In Japan, the cocktail version is known as "T.T Polaris".

Cyril Herridge holds the official record for this game with 791800 points.


[US] Atari 2600 (1983) "Polaris [Model 7-007]" by Tigervision
[JP] Sony PS2 (mar.29, 2007) "Taito Memories II Gekan [Model SLPM-66713]"

* Other :
Apple iPhone/iPod [US] (june.27, 2009) "Polaris [Model 321817755]" : Online version

Game's ROM.
Machine's picture.