SAR - Search and Rescue

A 29-year-old Arcade Video Game by SNK

SAR - Search and Rescue screenshot

Emulated in MAME !

Information for the following ROM(s): searchar searcharu searcharj


SAR - Search and Rescue © 1989 SNK.

When a pioneer spaceship vanishes mysteriously. An investigation reveals that the spaceship crashed near a ravine due to unknown circumstances. Now two SAR (Search and Rescue) operatives are on a mission to find out what happened, and eliminate the alien threat.


SAR - Search and Rescue the Arcade Video Game
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Game ID : A8007 'BH'

Main CPU : Motorola 68000 (@ 12 Mhz)
Sound CPU : Zilog Z80 (@ 4 Mhz)
Sound Chips : YM3812 (@ 4 Mhz), UPD7759 (@ 640 Khz)

Players : 2
Control : dial
Buttons : 2


Released in December 1989 in Japan.

This was SNK's last game to use rotary joysticks.

Despite the game having an 1989 copyright, SAR - Search and Rescue was actually released sometime in 1990. A few months after SAR's release, SNK began to focus on the Neo-Geo hardware.


The US version is slightly different, it has the "Winners Don't Use Drugs" screen.


Producer : Yanbaru
Graphic designers : Sick Of, U-Rakuchou, Chagera No2, Marochie, Tulip Nao
Music composer : Hinjakun
Boss : Eikichi Kawasaki
Programmers : Takoguti Kamen 001, Cock-A-Doodle-Doo
Hardware engineer : Crasher H.T.


Sony PSP (2011, "SNK Arcade Classic 0")

Game's ROM.
Machine's picture.