Shark Attack

A 37-year-old Arcade Video Game PCB by Pacific Novelty Mfg., Inc.

Shark Attack screenshot

Emulated in MAME !

Information for the following ROM(s): sharkatt


Shark Attack © 1981 Pacific Novelty.

Divers come out from nowhere to hunt you down. But you're a shark, and a hungry one at that. So... DINNERTIME! (Just watch out for those harpoons).


Shark Attack the Arcade Video Game PCB
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Main CPU : Zilog Z80 (@ 4 Mhz)
Sound Chips : (2x) General Instrument AY8910 (@ 1 Mhz)

Screen orientation : Horizontal
Video resolution : 256 x 192 pixels
Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz
Palette colors : 16

Players : 2
Control : 8-way joystick
Buttons : 2 (MUNCH, THRUST)


Released in March 1981. Originally named 'Deep Death'.

This game has a cassette that plays a loop. The loop lasts forty-five seconds, and consists of four voices (three male, one female) looking for, reacting to and trying to catch a shark. There's also some general references to diving on the tape.


1st 4 divers eaten : 50 points each.
5th diver : 300 points.
6th-8th divers : 100 points.
9th diver : 500 points.
10th-12th divers : 200 points.
13th diver : 700 points.
14th-16th divers : 300 points.
17th diver : 900 points.
18th-20th diver : 400 points.
21st diver : 1,300 points.
22nd-24th diver : 500 points.
25th diver : 1,750 points.
26-28th diver : 750 points.

Upon eating the twenty-eighth diver you get an extra shark and the scoring starts over at 50 points.

Game's ROM.
Machine's picture.